Sam Williams Record-Breaking Meet Leads Marquette Boys To Victory, Gladstone Girls Also Win at Michigan Upper Peninsula Meet

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Marquette’s Sam Williams broke a 24-year-old record as the Marquette boys won the 2016 Michigan Upper Peninsula State High School Championships.  Meanwhile, the Gladstone girls also picked up the meet trophy.


Gladstone picked up the Michigan UP title with 281 points.  Houghton (244), Marquette (241), Kingsford (175) and Rudyard (141) comprised the rest of the top five.

Marquette’s Allison Halpin won the 200-yard free in 2:06.47. Halpin doubled up with a 1:04.79 to win the 100-yard fly.

Kingsford’s Peyton Johnson earned the 200-yard IM crown in 2:14.40. Johnson earned another title with a 54.09 in the 100-yard free.

Gladstone’s Katie Stephenson claimed the 50-yard free in 25.72. Stephenson then won the 100-yard back in 1:04.01.

Marquette’s Lyndsey Welch took home the 500-yard free in 5:41.89.

Gladstone’s Sydney Herioux hit the wall in 1:12.40 to win the 100-yard breast.

Gladstone’s Katie Stephenson, Sydney Herioux, Claire Tembreull and Taylor McFarlane topped the 200-yard medley relay in 1:57.63.

Gladstone’s Jesse Flath, Sydney Herioux, Kirsten Williams and Lindsey McCann earned the 200-yard free relay title in 1:48.98.

Gladstone’s Jesse Flath, Claire Tembreull, Anna Burch and Katie Stephenson won the 400-yard free relay in 3:57.48.

Westwood’s Valerie LaChapelle won the one-meter diving title with 127.75 points.


Marquette topped the Michigan UP meet with 326 points.  Houghton (208), Sault Area (205), Gladstone (175) and Ishpeming-Negaunee (150) took second through fifth.

Marquette’s Sam Williams demolished the 200-yard IM meet record set back in 1992 with a 1:57.11.  That time crushed the 2:00.28 set by Byron Shefchik of Houghton.

Williams returned in the 100-yard breast with another UP record as he clocked a 58.02.  That cleared the 1:00.29 set by Nathan Rotundo back in 2015.

Ishpeming-Negaunee’s Peter Leppanen turned in a 1:57.06 to win the 200-yard free.

Sault Area’s Leevi Olson posted a 22.76 to win the 50-yard free. Olson also won the 500-yard free in 5:18.08.

Marquette’s Ben Luke topped the 100-yard fly in 57.77.

Gladstone’s Matthew LeClaire clocked a 50.64 to win the 100-yard free. LeClaire also set a UP record in the 100-yard back with a 54.33.  That swim beat his record of 54.91 from last year.


Marquette’s Andrew Kilpela, Matthew Nykanen, Ben Luke and Nathan Brown hit the wall in 1:45.38 to win the 200-yard medley relay.

Marquette’s Sam Williams, Matthew Nykanen, Ryan Glover and Andrew Kilpela put up a 1:33.15 to win the 200-yard free relay.

Marquette’s Sam Williams, Nathan Brown, Matt Kurin and Ryan Glover posted a 3:34.18 to win the 400-yard free relay.

Sault Area’s Kevin Boucher claimed the one-meter diving crown in 178.45.

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    Leevi Olson from the Sault also made UP state finals history by being the only swimmer EVER to win the 50 free and 500 free at the UP state finals meet! Along with defending his 50 free state championship win from last year!!

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