SAULT STE. MARIE, Michigan, February 21. MICHIGAN's Upper Peninsula teams met Feb. 16 for their portion of the Michigan High School Championships. Houghton claimed the girls title over Marquette, 339-319, and Sault Area was the top boys team with 258 points.
Girls Houghton was led by double-event champion Rebecca Jaszczak. The senior captured the 50 yard free (25.62) and 100 back (1:07.14), and led off the winning 200 medley relay (2:02.62) with sophomore Sophie Witting, junior Annika Wheeler and senior Jill Toorongian. Wittig's 1:09.32 gave her first in the 100 fly. Sophomore Hannah Gundlach picked up the 500 free win (5:40.21).
Marquette swept the freestyle relays with times of 1:51.11 in the 200 free and 4:00.86 in the 400 free. Junior Lani Belton, sophomores Logan Vear and Janelle Carroll, plus senior Gwen Hoenke made up the 200 free relay; seniors Katy Beckstrom and Paige Gilbert combined with Carroll and Hoenke for the 400 free. Beckstrom was tops in the 200 free (2:08.32) and 100 breast (1:12.37).
Sault Area senior Kelsey Justin finished first in the 100 free (56.28), and junior Olivia Rouleau from Hancock's 2:24.43 earned her first in the 200 IM. Westwood junior Mya Maanika was the top diver, scoring 165.05 points.
Rounding out the top five teams were Ault Area (155), Westwood (130) and Rudyard (108).
Kingsford senior Josh Johnson swept the sprint free events with his 22.02 in the 50 free and 49.25 in the 100 free. Houghton senior James DeClerck posted winning times of 1:52.52 in the 200 free and 5:08.30 in the 500 free. Also claiming two event titles was Marquette sophomore Nathan Rotundo with his 2:08.80 in the 200 IM and 1:03.35 in the 100 breast.
Rotundo anchored Marquette's winning 400 free relay (3:46.39) with senior Luke Sides, sophomore Colin McCommons and freshman Russ LaBeau.
Ricky Peterson, a junior at Ishpeming-Negaunee, captured the 100 back (1:01.84), and senior Bryan Colborn of Sault Area topped the field in the 100 fly (1:01.82). Colborn's classmate, Elliot Furr, put together 171.05 points for the diving title.
Houghton claimed the 200 medley relay (1:54.62) with seniors Nikita Velat, Daniel Shonnard and Torin O'Leary, with junior Vladimir Kotov swimming the third leg. DeClerck joined Shonnard, Velat and Kotov for a victorious 1:35.00 in the 200 free relay.
Sault Area's 258 points gave them first place in the team race. Marquette was second (225), followed by Kingsford (192), Houghton (190) and Rudyard (151).