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.
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).