SAULT STE. MARIE, Michigan, February 21. WITH 297 points, Marquette was crowned the girls team champion at the Michigan Upper Peninsula High School Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 18. Marquette put together 297 points for the win, followed closely by Houghton's 273. Sault Area grabbed third with 170 points, with Grimm Co-Op fourth (121) and Rudyard fifth (120).
Marquette was led by double-event winner Kinsey Vear, who was successful in both the 100 fly (1:02.24) and 200 free (2:02.36). Marquette also swept the relays with times of 2:03.18 in the 200 medley, 1:53.94 in the 200 free and 3:58.53 in the 400 free.
Jeffers Co-Op's Olivia Rouleau topped the field in both the 200 IM (2:20.23) and 100 breast (1:11.34). Rebeca Jaszczak of Houghton claimed first in the 50 free (25.80). Rudyard's Carrie Berkompas triumphed in the 100 free (58. 60). Houghton's Hannah Gundlach was first in the 500 free (5:48.84), as was Grimn Co-Op's Sarah Tresedder in the 100 back (1:05.66). Lauren Malaska of Sault Area was the top diver with 198.60 points.
Houghton's boys team defeated Sault Area"s squad by 3-1/2 points for the top spot, 315.5-311. Marquette was third (206.5), followed by Rudyard"s 122 and Grimn Co-Op's 111.
Houghton claimed two of the three relay victories with their 1:45.91 in the 200 medley and 3:33.06 in the 400 free. Sault Area prevented a sweep with their 1:33.42 in the 200 free relay.
Houghton's James DeClerck posted times of 5:11.16 in the 500 free and 2:12.64 in the 200 IM. Houghton also scored wins from Daniel Shonnard (200 free, 1:55.51), Jared Caldwell (100 back, 59.14) and Stuart Rosemurgy (100 breast, 1:03.71).
Leading the way for Sault Area was double-event champion Colin MacQuarrie, who gained wins in the 50 free (20.85) and 100 fly (52.80). Dillon Mayer captured the diving event with his 226.55 points. Kingsford's Josh Johnson triumphed in the 100 free (51.41).