By Mike Williamson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Area girls’ swim and dive teams will take part in the State Championships Friday and Saturday at various sites around the state.
Swimmers and divers will shoot for top 16 finishes to earn points for their teams toward a state title.
Psych Sheet times were released for each division listing the swimmers in order by their submitted fastest qualifying time in events and for the divers by qualifying points in Regionals.
Despite the qualifying times list, the teams will need a strong showing in Friday’s preliminaries in order to have a shot at strong finish Saturday.
In Division 1, Saline enters the Finals ranked 4th and by Psych Sheet times, and a good preliminary round, the Hornets could compete for the top spot on Saturday.
The Hornets have 18 girls qualified for the weekend, with a very good chance at top finishes in nearly every event.
Saline’s relay teams are all seeded in the top five spots. The 200 medley relay and 400 free are both seeded second, while the 200 free is seeded fifth.
Maddie Luther, who just signed to swim with the University of Louisville is the top seed in the 200 free and 3rd in the 500 free.
Johanna Jorgenson is 3rd in the 100 free and 5th in the 50 free. Emily Laing is seeded 19th in both events, but under a second behind the 16th seed in each.
Amelia Hayes in seeded second in the 100 back and 10th in the 200 IM, while Kiersten Russell is 7th in the back and 14th in the 200 IM.
Emma Loveland is 7th in the 100 breast, while Madison Miller is 15th. Paige Wilson is 21st in the 100 butterfly and Kelsey Robinson 21st in the 500 free.
Divers Paige Gidley and Megan Mulligan finished with the 20th and 25th best scores in the Regionals, but the scores will start from scratch in the preliminaries Friday.
Other qualifiers that will be shooting for the top 16 finishes are Loveland in the 200 IM, Annika Olsen 50 free, Anna Bosinger 50 free and 100 butterfly, Samantha Graden 100 butterfly, Allison Ploutz-Snyder 500 free, Johanna Ehrman 500 free, Riley Jones 100 back, and Lauryn Kruse 100 breast.
Dexter enter’s the Division 2 Finals at Oakland University ranked third and not finishing worse than 4th place in the last four years, including a state title in 2015 and state runner-up finishes in 2016 and 2017. The Dreadnaughts are not as deep as in years past with 10 qualifiers and will need a strong round in the preliminaries to have another shot at a top spot.
The Dreadnaughts are seeded 9th in the 400 free relay, 11th in the 200 medley, and 12th in the 200 free relay.
Jordan Maisch is seeded fifth in the 100 back and is qualified in the 50 free.
Charlotte Schultz is seeded fifth in the 500 free and 8th in the 200 free.
Allison Wyka’s 12th place in the 500 free and Lauren Witte’s 14th in the 100 back are the only other top 16 psych sheet times for the Dreadnaughts. But Dexter is known for strong showings in the prelims.
Others that are within 0ne second of the 16th spot are Elizabeth Merz (21st), Wyka (23rd), and Hailee Waters (24th) in the 100 free; Sam Durrant 100 butterfly, Waters 20th 500 free; Zoe Michos 19th and Kamille Balcom 20th in the 100 breast.
Elysa Grossman qualified with the ninth-best score in the diving regionals.
Chelsea has 12 qualifiers in the Division 3 Finals at Holland.
The Bulldogs are ranked 8th entering the finals, but have been as high as 5th in Division 3 this season.
With a couple of events that they have no swimmers, the Bulldogs will need strong showings from their relay teams and that could very well happen. They are seeded second in the 400 free and 5th in both the 200 medley and 200 free relay.
Olivia Olk is the top seed in the 200 IM and 4th in the 100 butterfly and could earn big points for Chelsea.
Bella Turner is seeded 4th in the 50 free and 5th in the 100 free, while Alexi Nelson is seeded 12th in the 50 and 22nd in the 100.
Abby Robbins is 11th in the 100 breast and Olivia Prodin 27th in the 100 free.
The Bulldogs strong diving squad of Angelia Daman, Ruby Brown, and Melina Almhiemid all could earn points for Chelsea. Other qualifiers for the Bulldogs are Kauri Fields in the 100 back, Katie Leissner 500 free, and Mikayl Koch with the medley and 200 free relays.