Men’s Swim and Dive Earns Third Straight State Title

The Dexter swim and dive team won its third straight Division 2 state title on the campus of Oakland University March 10. Picture by Mike Williamson

Dexter’s swimming dynasty continues.

The Dreadnaughts mens’ swim and dive team rolled to its third straight Division 3 State Championship Saturday on the campus of Oakland University.

The Dreadnaughts finished with 241.5 points, clipping 2nd place Rochester Adams with 220.

It was the closest point difference for the three state titles for Dexter and it took a team effort to put the Dreadnaughts on top.

Dexter had 10 swimmers qualify for the preliminaries and eight of them moved on to Saturday’s finals.

Nik Eberly led the way by winning two individual state titles.

Nik Eberly won individual state titles in the 200 free and 100 butterfly and was part of the winning 200 free relay. Picture by Mike Williamson

Eberly won the championship in the 100 butterfly and the 200 free events.

He was also a part of the championship winning 200 free relay, along with Tanner Sharp, Stephen Sterlitz, and Casey Dolen.

The 200 medley relay team of Alex Shehab, Sam Krahn, Sterlitz, and Sharp opened with a 5th place finish, followed by Eberly’s first win of the day and a 5thplace finish by Dolen in the 200 free to give the Dreadnaughts an early lead.

Some important bonus points were earned in the 200 IM when Clayton Kinnard finished 11th after qualifying in 15th.

Sterlitz then finished 4th and Sharp tied for 15th in the 50 free.

Eberly then won his second title of the day in the 100 butterfly. Sterlitz finished 5th as Dexter retook the lead.

Dolen finished 3rd and Shehab 10th in the 100 free, giving the Dreads a 141.5 – 116 lead over Adams after seven events.

The Dexter swim and dive team celebrates clinching its 3rd straight D2 state championship. Picture by Mike Williamson

Dexter had no entry in the 500 free and Adams retook the lead after the event 143-141.5.

The Dreads retook the lead for good with the 200-free relay team winning the state title.

Shehab then finished 2nd and Kinnard 15th in the 100 back and Krahn 11th and Sharp 16th in the 100 breast.

Dexter’s lead was 17.5 going into the final event, the 400-free relay, in which the Dreads qualified first.

The Dreads just needed to finish in the top seven to clinch the title and they did just that by finishing 2nd to clinch its third straight title.

Dexter accepted its championship trophy on the medal stand and after few pictures, took the celebratory dive into the pool with the coaches to top off another championship season.

The 200 free relay team of Nik Eberly, Tanner Sharp, Stephen Sterlitz, and Casey Dolen celebrate their state title on the medal stand. Picture by Mike Williamson

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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