Twenty-two years. That is how long it has been since the Dexter girls’ swim team has not finished on top of the SEC standings.
The last time the Dreadnaughts did not win the SEC title was 1997. Bill Clinton was the President, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash, the first cloned sheep was born, and the oldest members of this year’s swim team were still 4-5 years from being born.
To say the Dreadnaughts have been dominant in the SEC White conference is an understatement. They are the elite program of the conference and with the depth that they have, the streak does not appear to be ending anytime soon.
Dexter dresses 40 girls at most of their events, while the next biggest team in the SEC White is at 20-25 members.
In nearly every event at the Finals the Dreadnaughts had at least 4-5 swimmers in the consolation and championship race, including four in the 200 free championship heat alone.
While the depth carries the Dreads a long way, they still are a very talented group as they claimed six White championships at the meet.
Junior Charlotte Schultz led the way by being in on four league titles. She won individual titles in the 100 free and 100 back races and was a member of the winning 200 free relay with Holly Durand, Sam Durrant, and Hailee Waters; and was a member of the winning 400 free relay along with Durand, Waters, and Elizabeth Merz.
Along with the two relay wins, Waters also won the 500 free.
Despite all the depth at the swim events, the Dexter diving team might be the power of the club for years to come.
The Dreadnaughts swept the top three spots with two freshman and a sophomore all earning All-SEC White Honors.
Freshmen Lily Witte and Vivian Kinnard took the top two spots, while Elysa Grossman was 3rd.
Even more impressive is that all three divers finished better than the previous pool record for 11 dives. The old mark for 11 dives as 397.00. Witte shattered that mark with a score of 462.00. Kinnard finished with a score of 403.95, and Grossman 398.50. The Dexter dive team will be strong for many years to come.
Second place finishes went to the 200-medley relay team of Lauren Witte, Zoe Michos, Emma Sortor, and Durrant. Waters was second in the 100 free, Lauren Witte in the 100 fly, and Ella Krahn the 500 free.
Michos in the 200 IM, Merz 100 free, and Lauren Witte 100 back earned third place finishes, while fourth place finishes went to Sortor in the 200 IM and 100 fly, Durand 50 free, Durrant 100 free, Jackie Wyka 100 back, and Michos 100 breast.
New D2 state cuts went to Krahn (500 free), Jackie Wyka (100 back), Maddy Matos (100 back) and Lauren Witte (100 fly).
The Dreadnaughts will take part in the Division 2 State Finals at Oakland University November 22-23.
Due to pool remodeling at Eastern Michigan University, the Division 2 and Division 3 State Finals will both be at Oakland. The D2 Finals will start at 5:00 PM both Friday and Saturday.