In an early season battle between two of the top men’s swim and dive teams in the state, Division 1 #2 ranked Ann Arbor Skyline defeated Division 2 top-ranked Dexter 95-91 last week.
The Dreadnaughts showed their strength by winning 10 of 12 events, but they could not overcome the depth of the Eagles, who finished 2nd and third in most of the events and swept the 500 free event. The other event the Dreads did not take first in was the diving.
Dexter opened things by winning the 200 medley relay with Clayton Kinnard, Paul Schaefer, Nik Eberly and Tanner Sharp teaming for the win.
Eberly would win three more events for the Dreads. He also came home first in the 50 free, 100 butterfly, and teamed with Michael Baumann, Kinnard, and Casey Dolen to win the 400 free relay.
Kinnard was also a four event winner. Along with the 200 medley and 400 free relays, he won the 100 back and 200 IM.
Dolen won four events. He won the 200 free, 100 free, part of the 400 free relay and was part of the winning 200 free relay, along with Nathan Norris, Luke Salyer, and Sharp.
Sharp also won the 100 breast.
The Dreadnaughts tied four fourth in the Warrior Relays, which featured several of the top teams in Division 1 and 2.
Dexter finished with 272 points to tie with Grand Blanc and D2 second ranked Birmingham Groves. Ann Arbor Pioneer won with 350, while Birmingham Brother Rice was second with 310 and Skyline third with 300. All three are ranked in the top five in Division 1.
The Dreads took first in two events.
Ben Duncan, Baumann, Dolen, and Eberly teamed to win the 850 Crescendo Relay, while Dolen, Kinnard, Schaefer, and Eberly, teamed to win the 400 free relay.
Kinnard, Schafer, Eberly and Sharp teamed for a second place finish in the 400 medley relay.
The Dreads will return to the pool Saturday, January 5 at the Battle Creek Lakeview Spartan Invite. Another event that will feature multiple top 10 teams from each division.