Swimming preview: Dreadnaughts taking aim at third straight state title

Everything the Dexter swimming and diving team does is geared toward one event, which happens to be the last even of the year. And it’s a formula that has worked splashingly well for Coach Mike Mchugh and the Dreadnaughts.

In fact, the past two years it’s worked to perfection. The Dreadnaughts finished first last season to win their second consecutive Division 2 state meet with 284 points. Huron took second with 256.5 points followed by Birmingham Seaholm (195.5), Birmingham Groves (189) and De La Salle (187).

Dexter took 11 guys to the state meet last year and all 11 guys scored points for the team individually. Six of those All-State swimmers are back in the water for Dexter this year as the Dreads take aim at a threepeat.

“The first month has gone well, we continue to train and get better each day while getting ready to tackle winter training and our meet season which really gets going in January,” said McHugh, who was honored last season as D2 Coach of the Year.

The defending SEC White Division champions are 1-0 with two invitational wins so far during the young season.
“The keys to success this season are team unity and the maturation of younger swimmers,” Mchugh said. “Diving is an area we need to work on. We have three brand new divers this year who are working hard and improving every day.”

Top returning swimmers include seniors Andrew Golin (distance free), Sam Krahn (breaststroke); Alex Shehab (backstroke/freestyle), Stephen Sterlitz (sprint free/fly) and juniors Niklas Eberly (freestyle/butterfly) and Casey Dolen (freestyle).

Top newcomers include Clayton Kinnard and Tony Golin.

The Dreads return to the water on Jan. 6 at the Battle Creek Lakeview Spartan Invitational.

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