The Chelsea and Pinckney swim and dive teams had good showings at the preliminaries at the D3 state finals at Oakland University Friday and are shooting for top 10 finishes Saturday.

Chelsea senior Wes Wickens had a big day, setting two Chelsea varsity record and qualifying second in the 50 and 100 free races. He swam 20.67, good for the Chelsea school record in the 50. The top qualifier in the race, Cam Peel of Spring Lake, set a new state record with a time of 19.86.

Wickens also set the school record in the 100 free with a time of 45.64. Peel again beat out Wickens for the top spot, this time with a D3 record of 44.00.

Chelsea’s Wes Wickens set two school record in the 50 and 100 free qualifying race

Wickens was also part of two finals qualifying teams that will be shooting for state titles Saturday. He teamed with Gabe Gasbarre, Parker Olk, and Zander Hartsuff to qualify seventh in the 200 free relay.

Hartsuff, Gasbarre, Wickens, and Landon Collins teamed to qualify fifth in the 400 free relay.

Pinckney moved on to Saturday’s finals in six events.

Tyler Ray qualified for the championship heat in the 100 butterfly with an 8th place finish. He also qualified 10th in the 100 back.

Ray teamed with Mitchell Dickey, Al Thorington, and Alex Beckwith to qualify 9th in the 200 medley relay.

Dickey was 12th in the 500 free and 13th in the 200 free and will compete in both Saturday.

Ray, Dickey, Beckwith, and Erik Bolan qualified 16th and will race Saturday in the 400 free relay.


Leave a Reply