On Tuesday, May 10, three members of the most recent Dexter state title-winning swim and dive team signed their national letters of intent (NLI) to continue swimming at the collegiate level.
Sam Krahn (Wayne State), Alex Shehab (Boston College), and Stephen Sterlitz (Saginaw Valley State) came together where they’ve swum for their high school careers, the Wylie community pool at Wylie Elementary, to sign their NLI’s, wrapping up high school careers that ended with three consecutive state championships.
Head coach Michael McHugh, who just finished his 12th year as head coach of the program, only had praise for the departing seniors.
“They were all vital to our success the past three titles,” said McHugh. “They were all captains this year, they led the team through some trying times, and were able to come out on the winning side of the state meet to capture the third state title. All great swimmers but even better kids. There’s not a bad thing I could say about any one of them, they’re going to do great things where they’re headed.
McHugh told The Sun Times that this was the most stressful year as far as winning the title went, from always having a target on their back as a defending state champ (much less a two-time defending state champion team) to things having to go the right way.
“I didn’t know if we could do it,” said McHugh. “This (state title) was the most stressful just because I didn’t know, we needed a lot of things to go our way and pretty much they all did. These guys all dropped a ton of time from their seeds, moved up a ton of places, and without those move ups and time drops we probably dont win.”
For McHugh the most memorable moment is always jumping in the pool after the state meet.
“When you win that’s the thing you’re always going to remember is taking that one last swim with your seniors and state team,” said McHugh.
Krahn, Shehab, and Sterlitz spoke to The Sun Times about the feeling of winning their third state title, where they will be attending college, and a favorite memory from their time on the Dexter swim and dive team.