By Mike Williamson – firstname.lastname@example.org
When you finish no worse than second place for three straight years, people are used to lofty expectations for a team.
While the Dexter girls’ swim and dive team did move on to the finals in nine events at the Division 2 State Finals at Oakland University, the lofty expectations set by teams past might make the Dreadnaughts day seem a little below normal in some peoples books.
While a top-two finish is probably out of reach the Dreadnaughts could still have a strong showing with swimmers and divers competing in five championship heats.
Charlotte Schultz led the way by qualifying for the championship finals in three events. She qualified 6th in the 200 free, 8th in the 500 free, and was part of the 400 free relay along with Hailee Waters, Jordan Maisch, and Elizabeth Merz that qualified 7th.
Maisch had a strong race in the 100 back and qualified fourth.
Elysa Grossman had a big day on the board and finished ninth in the diving prelims to move on to Saturday’s finals.
Qualifying for consolation final races were Lauren Witte 15th in the 100 back, Waters 16th in the 500 free, and Zoe Michos 15th in the 100 breast.
The 200 medley relay team of Maisch, Michos, Schultz, and Sam Durrant qualified 10th and the 200 free relay team of Durrant, Kamille Balcom, Waters, and Merz qualified 9th.