THREE-PEAT: Dreadnaughts win third straight D-2 swimming state title

Three in a row – and counting.

The Dexter swimming and diving team won its third straight Division 2 State Championship on Saturday at Oakland University as the Dreadnaughts swam off with a first-place 241.5 points. Rochester Adams placed second with 220 points followed by Birmingham Groves (191), De La Salle Collegiate (190) and Birmingham Seaholm (183).

Dexter opened the meet by taking fifth place in the medley relay. The team of Alex Shehab, Sam Krahn, Stephen Sterlitz and Tanner Sharp touched in 1:35.95.

Dexter junior Niklas Eberly won the 200 free with a time of 1:40.16, just ahead of De La Salle’s Daniel Frederick (1:40.22). Dexter junior Casey Dolen was fifth in 1:41.13.

Freshman Clayton Kinnard was 11th in the individual medley in 1:59.17.

Sterlitz, a senior, sprinted to a fourth-place finish in the 50 free in 21.40. Sharp was 15th in 22.19.

Eberly returned to the winner’s circle with a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.33, beating out Seaholm’s Michael Arpasi (50.23). Sterlitz placed fifth in 51.93.

In the 100 free, Shehab placed 10th in 47.42. Sam Krahn was 30th (49.74) and Michael Baumann was 32nd (49.90).

The Dexter foursome of Eberly, Sharp, Sterlitz and Dolen took first place in the 200 free relay in 1:24.95. Midland Dow was second in 1:25.19.

In the backstroke, Shehab swam second in 50.61 while Kinnard was 15th in 55.39.

Krahn was 11th in the breaststroke with a time of 1:00.16 while Sharp was 16th in 1:01.52. Paul Schaefer was 20th with a prelim time of 1:01.88.

The Dexter foursome of Eberly, Shehab, Kinnard and Dolen placed second in 3:07.76.

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