Marquette Sweeps Michigan Upper Peninsula Swimming and Diving Titles Again

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MARQUETTE – The Marquette High School boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams successfully defended their team titles on Saturday at the Michigan Upper Peninsula Swimming and Diving Championships at Marquette High School.

The girls brought home their 13th state title in 14 years, scoring 315 points to top Gladstone (269 points) and Houghton (223 points). On the boys’ side, Marquette totaled 326 points, with Gladstone in second with 230 points and Sault Area in third with 198 points.

Four Upper Peninsula records fell at the meet, along with five pool records. Marquette’s Andrew Kilpela, Nathan Rotundo, Sam Williams and Colin McCommons set the first record of the day in the boys’ 200 medley relay, squashing the pool and Upper Peninsula record of 1:43.01 with a 1:41.14. Kingsford had set the previous mark in 2010.

Sam Williams returned minutes later to lower a second pool and Upper Peninsula record in the 200 free, taking .03 off Wes Vear’s 2010 record with a 1:47.59, almost nine seconds ahead of second place. Later in the meet, he erased a second pool record, this time in the 500 free. Williams built a gigantic lead throughout the race and finished in 4:55.74, well under Marc Teichman’s 1996 pool record of 4:58.08.

Gladstone’s Matthew LeClaire dipped under the Upper Peninsula and pool records in the 100 back, posting a 54.91 to better Andrew Mitchell’s 55.16 from 2010. LeClaire also won the 100 free at the meet, touching in 51.08. Marquette senior Nathan Rotundo followed that up with a 1:00.29 performance in the 100 breast, good enough to break Sam Williams’ 2014 pool record of 1:00.97 and Marc Teichman’s 1996 Upper Peninsula record of 1:01.65. Rotundo also won the 200 IM in 2:05.19, as he three-peated in both events.

On the girls’ side, Rudyard’s Trista MacDowell emerged as the only multi-event winner, racing to wins in the 50 free (25.67) and 100 free (57.43). The Marquette girls won two of the three relays contested, with Lyndsey Welch, Freya Holferty, Janelle Carroll and Logan Vear topping the 200 free relay in 1:49.45 and Welch, Carroll, Vear and Lauren Rotundo getting to the wall first in the 400 free relay in 3:57.52.

2015 Michigan Upper Peninsula Swimming and Diving Championships – Results

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2 Comments

2 comments

  1. Daniel Smith

    Julie Menzer, Oksana Bruce, Kris Davis O’Rourke..these hs swim winning times made swim world magazine.. We need to move here!.. Lol

  2. Julie Menzer

    You forgot to calculate the fact that’s it’s even colder up there than here… Perhaps they’re swimming in slushy water? If ONLY those were the times to beat!

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