For the second time in five years, the Dexter boys’ swimming and diving team are the best in the state. The Dreadnaughts racked up an impressive 284 points to finish first at the Division 2 MHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at Saginaw Valley State University.
Dexter Coach Michael McHugh predicted before the meet that it could come down to the Dreadnaughts and De La Salle Collegiate for the top spot and he was spot on. The Dreads scored 284 and needed almost every point to hold off De La Salle as the Pilots finished second overall with 266 points.
Birmingham Seaholm, the two-time defending state champs, finished third with 211 points. Battle Creek Lakeview was fourth (205) and Birmingham Groves was fifth (187).
The championship caps off an impressive six pack for the Dexter swim program – a dynasty if you will. Dexter was third in 2011, state champs in 2012, fourth in 2013, second in 2014, third last season and now state champs again in 2016.
The Dreadnaughts opened the meet taking fourth in the medley relay as the team of Alex Shehab, Rob Zofchak, Lance Freiman and Alex Janosi finished in 1:37.26.
Zofchak, the outstanding senior heading to Michigan next season and the Olympic Trials before that, brought home first-place points in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:38.23. His prelim time was 1:37.93.
Right behind Zofchak in second place was a familiar place. Dexter senior Matt Bergdolt was second in 1:41.33. And senior David Merz was eighth in 1:44.66 as the Dreads racked up huge points in the opening individual event.
In the 200 IM, Janosi was sixth (1:57.17) and Freiman was seventh (1:57.18).
Freiman, the talented freshman, came within one second of winning the 100 butterfly. He finished second to PJ Desmet of De La Salle in the fly with a time of 52.21 seconds.
In the 100 freestyle, Bergdolt was fourth in 46.64.
The Dreadnaughts placed two swimmers among the top eight in the 500 free. Janosi was second with a time of 4:40.15 and Chris Seidleck was eighth in 4:56.12.
Dexter’s 200 free relay team of Bergdolt, David Merz, Jimmy Morgan and Janosi was third in 1:27.69.
Zofchak returned to the winner’s circle in the backstroke with a time of 49.26, beating out two swimmers from De La Salle who took second and third.
The Dreads locked up the state title with a second-place finish in the 400 free relay. The team of Bergdolt, Merz, Morgan and Zofchak finished in 3:07.80.
The victory capped off an impressive day for SEC teams. Saline took second overall in the Division 1 meet at the Holland Aquatic Center with Skyline fourth and Pioneer fifth as three SEC teams placed among the top five. Ann Arbor Huron finished 10th overall.
At the Division 3 meet at EMU, Chelsea was third overall.
The SEC placed six teams among the top 10 in the three divisions.