Powered behind six All-State performances, the Chelsea girls’ swim and dive team came home with a 4th place finish at the Division 3 State Finals at Oakland University Saturday, November 23.
The Bulldogs entered the meet ranked 10th in the state, but the strong preliminary round Friday lifted them into the Finals in six events and carried them to the 4th place finish.
Chelsea finished with 134 points, beating out 5th place Hamilton with 131. East Grand Rapids won the title with 317 points, clipping Cranbrook Kingswood with 306 and Bloomfield Hills Marian 245.
Sophomore Bella Turner had a big day for the Bulldogs earning All-State honors in four events. She reached the podium in the 200 free with an 8th place finish and was 7th in the 100 free.
Turner and Alexis Nelson were both part of the 200 free relay team that finished 3rd along with Olivia Olk and Olivia Prodin.
Nelson, Olk, Prodin, and Turner also teamed to place 4th in the 400 free.
The Bulldogs entered the 400 free in 5th place behind Hamilton and needed a strong finish to move to 4th and they did just that with the strong fourth place finish in the race to close the meet and earn the team trophy.
The Abby Robbins strong 5th place finish in the 100 breast prior to the 400 relay set the Bulldogs up for the move into fourth.
Nelson was in on three All-State finishes as she placed 5th in the 50 free as well as the two relays.
Kauri Fields, Robbins, Olk, and Prodin opened the meet with a 9th place finish in the 200-medley relay. Their time of 1:51.28 would have been good enough for fifth place had it been in the championship heat.
Chelsea had two divers place well.
Savannah Fisk finished 14th and Melina Almhiemid 16th and earned four big points for the Bulldogs, which turned out to be the difference between 4th and 5th place in the team standings.
Also competing in the preliminaries Friday but not moving on to the finals were Robbins 27th in the 200 IM, Olk 26th 100 butterfly, Nelson 22nd 100 free, Prodin 100 free, Fields 100 back, and Molly Jacobson 27th in diving.