The Dexter boys’ swimming and diving team is currently ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 2 with one eye on a state title and the other on preparing to accomplish that lofty goal of winning it all. This preparation has taken the Dreadnaughts into a highly competitive stretch of the schedule which should prepare the talented club for the state finals in March at Saginaw Valley State University.
“So far things are going well,” said Dexter coach Michael McHugh. “We have a big week this week. So it should be a great week with lots of fast swimming.”
There was plenty of “fast swimming” on Thursday as the Dreads welcomed state powerhouse Ann Arbor Pioneer to the Wylie pool for an SEC dual-meet showdown. Pioneer raced past Dexter 100-86 in a close meet with plenty of close races.
The Dreads are now 5-2 in dual meets with the other loss coming to D-1 power Saline. Dexter also has taken first in the Warrior Relays, Midland Dow Invitational and the Spartan Invitational.
The Dexter 200 medley relay team of Alex Shehab, Rob Zofchak, Alex Janosi and Kevin Kimmel touched second with a time of 1:42.46 behind Pioneer’s winning time of 1:38.92.
Zofchak, Dexter’s talented senior, won his first of two individual races in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:43.79. Teammate David Merz was third in 1:49.72.
Jimmy Morgan (second, 2:03.04) and Janosi (third, 2:04.86) went two-three in the 200 IM.
Matt Bergdolt sprinted to a first-place finish in the 50 free with a time of 22.36, in a close win over Pioneer’s Joe Riggs (22.42).
Dexter’s Griffin Beck splashed into first place with a score of 215.45 in diving. Teammate Owen Boquette was third (157.40).
Bergdolt was third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.93 in a very close 1-2-3 finish. Riggs took first for the visitors with a time of 53.64.
Morgan picked up second-place points for the Dreads with his time of 49.53 in the 100 freestyle and Mitchell Houghtaling did the same for Dexter with his time of 5:00.35 in the 500 free.
The foursome of Morgan, Merz, Janosi and Bergdolt won the 200 free relay with a time of 1:28.96.
Zofchak returned to the win column with his time of 52.29 in the backstroke. Shehab picked up valuable third-place points with his 56.83.
Ryan Stanton was third in the breaststroke in 1:05.31.
The fab four of Bergdolt, Merz, Morgan and Zofchak took first in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:15.19.
Dexter heads to Birmingham Seaholm (the two-time defending state champs who are currently ranked third in D2) for a meet with Seaholm and Warren De La Salle (ranked No. 2 in D2) on Saturday.
Dexter’s next dual meet is at 6 p.m. on Thursday against visiting Tecumseh.