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  • Farmington Hills Mercy's Katie Minnich (left) and Alaina Skellett swept the first two places in the 100 backstroke at the D1 state finals. (MIPrepZone photo/MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Walled Lake Central's Amanda Ling (second from left) placed third in the 1-meter diving event at the D1 state finals. (MIPrepZone photo/MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Lake Orion's Claire Abasse is congratuated for her third-place finish in the 100 freestyle at the D1 state finals. (MIPrepZone photo/MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Walled Lake Central's Amanda Ling gets ready for her dive at the D1 state finals. (MIPrepZone photo/MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Harrison Farmington's Ashley Turak was the D1 state finals runnerup in the 50 freestyle. (MIPrepZone photo/MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Charlotte Pierce of Birmingham Groves took top honors in the 100 breaststroke at the D2 state finals. (MIPrepZone photo/MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Claire Abasse, third in the 100 freestyle at the D1 state finals, helped ignite the Dragons in open events and relays. (MIPrepZone photo/MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Kendall Goit of Farmington Hills Mercy, who placed fourth in the 200 freestyle at the D1 state finals, also helped in relays for the Marlins. (MIPrepZone photo/MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Birmingham Seaholm’s state championship 200 medley relay team included Allie Russell (from left), Linnea Anderson, Nichole McMaster and Haley Dolan. (Photo contributed).
  • Birmingham Marian’s state championship 400 relay included Kailyn Swantek (clockwise from upper left), Sophia Schott, Gabby Granata and Lauren Biglin. (MIPrepZone photo/MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Farmington Hills Mercy's Katie Minnich was the D1 state champion in the 100 backstroke. (MIPrepZone photo/MARVIN GOODWIN)
  • Birmingham Seaholm celebrated its D2 state championship with coach Karl Hogsdon holding the trophy. (Photo by KEITH DUNLAP).
  • Nicole Pape of Rochester Adams was the area's top athlete in teh 200 individual medley, placing fourth at the D1 state finals. (MIPrepZone photo/MARVIN GOODWIN)
  • Farmington Hills Mercy capped a solid season which included a D1 state finals runnerup trophy as well as an Oakland County championship. (Photo by KEITH DUNLAP).
  • Mary Kate Nodland of Birmingham Marian joined Kailyn Swantek, Lauren Biglin and Sophia Schott on the D2 state runnerup 200 freestyle relay. (Photo contributed).
  • Lakeland's Kate Doyle shaved seconds off her 500 freestyle time, eventually placing fifth in the event at the D1 state finals. (MIPrepZone photo/MARVIN GOODWIN)

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Several teams had something to shout about after another strong season from Oakland County swimmers. Birmingham Seaholm came through with its best performance of the season in winning the Division 2 state title, while Farmington Hills Mercy was in contention for the D1 crown until the final event before settling for second place. The Marlins were Oakland County meet champions for the 12th straight year, while Lakeland, Birmingham Marian, Lake Orion, Rochester Adams and South Lyon also had respectable seasons.

Here are the top swimmers and divers from Oakland County.


Kendall Goit, Farmington Hills Mercy, Jr.: Goit asserted herself this season with a number of key performances. She was the area’s top finisher at the D1 state meet in the 200 freestyle, posting a time of 1:51.28 while placing fourth. She was also Oakland County champ in the 200 freestyle and swam on the 200 freestyle relay team which placed fifth at the D1 state meet.

Nicole Pape, Rochester Adams, Sr.: A versatile athlete in several strokes, Pape often delivered when she had to as she capped a strong high school career. She placed fourth at the D1 state finals in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.29, and also contributed on the Highlanders’ 400 freestyle relay which finished ninth at the D1 state finals in 3:32.22. She was also Oakland County meet runnerup in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.93).

Ashley Turak, Harrison Farmington, Soph.: Turak was a speed merchant with quick strokes in her specialty, the sprint events. She was Oakland County champ in the 50 freestyle, posting a time of 23.57, and was Oakland County meet runnerup in the 100 freestyle (52.18). She clocked a season-best 23.08 in the 50 freestyle in placing second at the D1 state finals, and placed fourth in the 100 at the D1 state finals and had a season-best 50.31 in the 100.

Claire Abasse, Lake Orion, Soph.: Another speed specialist, Abasse’s best day came at the D1 state finals, where she placed third in the 100 freestyle in 50.29, bettering her preliminary time by nearly half second. She was also Oakland County meet champ in the 100 freestyle and anchored the Dragons’ 400 freestyle relay which placed third in Oakland County and seventh at the state finals (3:30.70).

Amanda Ling, Walled Lake Central, Sr.: Consistency was her trademark as a diver with notable efforts meet after meet. She was Oakland County meet champ with 472.49 points, nearly 80 points ahead of second place, and placed third at the D1 state finals, compiling 458.0 points. She set a pool record in victory during a dual meet vs. Lakeland earlier in the season. “It’s nice to leave a mark your senior year,” she said.

Alaina Skellett, Farmington Hills Mercy, Sr.: Skellett contributed heavily to the Marlins’ runnerup finish at the D1 state finals, placing third in the 100 butterfly in a season-best 55.85, and also swimming on the fourth-place 400 freestyle relay which clocked 3:28.21. Skellett, who also swam on the 200 medley relay team which won the Oakland County meet, was D1 state runnerup in the 100 backstroke (54.95) behind teammate Katie Minnich.

Katie Minnich, Farmington Hills Mercy, Sr.: Minnich reached the pinnacle of her specialty, the 100 backstroke, as she won the D1 state title in 54.41 after clocking 53.99 in the preliminaries. She was also Oakland County meet champ in the 100 backstroke and Oakland County champ in the 200 individual medley (2:05.70). She also swam on the Oakland County meet champion 200 medley relay and was a member of the 200 medley relay which placed third at the D1 state finals (1:45.08).

Charlotte Pierce, Birmingham Groves, Sr.: Pierce kept the pressure on with strong performances throughout the season. She was Oakland County meet champ in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.41) and capped her high school career with a D2 state title in the 100 breaststroke, hitting the wall in 1:03.04 after recording a time of 1:3.42 in the preliminaries.

Kate Doyle, Lakeland, Soph.: Doyle made great strides in the distance races, shaving huge chunks of time from the beginning of the season. She placed third at the Oakland County meet in the 500 freestyle (5:06.31) and became one of the area’s few swimmers who broke 5:00 for the event when she placed fifth at the D1 state finals in 4:59.96 after clocking 4:57.38 in the preliminaries.


200 Medley Relay

Seaholm’s quartet of Nichole McMaster, Allie Russell, Linnea Anderson and Haley Dolan were runnersup at the Oakland County meet, but shaved more than four seconds off that time in capturing the D2 state championship in a time of 1:43.98. Russell was D2 state runnerup in the 200 individual medley (2:06.22), Dolan was D2 state champ in the 50 freestyle (23.56) and Anderson placed fourth in the 100 butterfly at the D2 state meet (56.28).

200 Freestyle Relay

Marian’s foursome of Kailyn Swantek, Mary Kate Nodland, Lauren Biglin and Sophia Schott broke the D3 state meet record with a time of 1:34.70 in the finals. But East Grand Rapids was just under a second faster, relegating the Mustangs to second place. Still, Marian was a tough team to beat with an Oakland County meet title by more than a second.

400 Freestyle Relay

Kaily Swantek, Gabby Granata, Lauren Biglin and Sophia Schott comprised the Mustangs’ quartet which smashed the D3 state meet record of 3:29.63 set by Marian last year. This time they clocked 3:27.85 to win by more than a second over East Grand Rapids. The quartet also won the Oakland County meet crown in 3:31.22.


Karl Hodgson, Birmingham Seaholm: Some 20 years had passed since the Maples won a state title but this season’s edition broke that title drought with a superb effort. “That was extremely gratifying,” said coach Karl Hodgson, who was an assistant during Seaholm’s previous state reign. “Last few years we’ve been close … top five, second a couple of times … and last year, it finally dawned on the girls they had the potential to give it a shot. It was all on them, right from day one. They took it and ran with it.”

But it wasn’t easy. Hodgson believes in hard work and putting the girls to the test with a very demanding regimen. Swim fast and have fun is his mantra. “But I can also be the biggest goofball at practice,” Hodgson said. “I love laughing and having a good time.”


Lauren Biglin, Birmingham Marian, Jr.: Division 2 state champ in 200 freestyle in a time of 1:52.14 and relay contributor.

Allie Russell, Birmingham Seaholm, Sr: Was Division 2 state runnerup in 200 individual medley in 2:06.22.

Sophia Schott, Birmingham Marian, Sr.: Was Division 2 state runnerup in 50 freestyle in 23.37, and D2 state runnerup in 100 freestyle.

Limmy Kim, Rochester Adams, Sr.: Finished 11th at D1 state meet in 1-meter diving, adding hearly 100 points in finals from preliminary round.

Sarah Hennings, Lake Orion, Sr.: Clocked area’s second-fastest time in 100 butterfly in 56.15 in finishing fifth in D1 state meet.

Annette Dombkowski, Farmington Hills Mercy, Soph: Placed seventh in D1 state meet in 5:03.08 in 500 freestyle, but did 4:59.82 in prelims.

Emma Hazel, Lakeland, Jr.: Had one of area’s top times in 100 backstroke with a best of 55.61, and placed sixth at the D1 state finals.

Rebekah Irwin, Birmingham Marian, Sr.: Was one of area’s best in 100 breaststroke with a fourth place finish at D2 state meet, clocking 1:06.57.


200 Medley Relay

Unit of Katie Minnich, Allie Lobbia, Alaina Skellett and Annette Dombkowski clocked 1:45.08 in D1 state finals after 1:44.73 in prelims.

200 Freestyle Relay

Seaholm’s quartet of Linnea Anderson, Allie Russell, Hannah Erickson and Haley Dolan zipped to a time of 1:35.49 to win the D2 state title.

400 Freestyle Relay

Kendall Goit, Kylie Goit, Alaina Skellett and Katie Minnich formed the Marlins crew which placed fourth at D1 state meet in 3:28.21.



• BIRMINGHAM SEAHOLM - Gigi Hoppen, Nichole McMaster

• BIRMINGHAM GROVES - Lily Meinel, Miranda French, Julia Blumbergs, Camille Rochaix, Nicole Bastian

• BIRMINGHAM MARIAN - Anika Fassett, Lauren Sielicki

• CLARKSTON - Haley VanBuskirk, Ashleigh Allen

• CRANBROOK KINGSWOOD - Julia Feord, Camille Misra, Cate Hofley, Emma Ponicall

• FARMINGTON HILLS MERCY - Lindsey Case, Chloe Pulick, Alexa Rybicki. Katherine Hutter, Sarah Puscas

• HARRISON FARMINGTON - Grace Xu, Dayna Borregard, Lia Munson

• LAKELAND - Emma Hazel, Courtney Connolly, Riley Faulkner, Isabel Fairbanks

• LAKE ORION - Zoe Quinn, Eliana Ritt, Amanda Keller

• MILFORD - Emma Augustsson, Sophie Beck

• NORTH FARMINGTON - Hannah Chao, Summer Edwards

• NOVI - McKaela Hill


• ROCHESTER ADAMS - Grace McGinnis, Lisa Lohner, Erin Santella, Alex Waack, Valentina Rengifo, Fernanda Camacho Castro

• ROCHESTER - Victoria Thor, Manuela Mura, Britney Kim

• ROYAL OAK - Julie Boswell

• SOUTH LYON - Carolyn Bischoff, Melanie Dunnuck, Lindsey Boals, Emily Kurt

• STONEY CREEK - Paige Koscielski, Emily Shores

• TROY - Kathleen Gu

• TROY ATHENS - Jessica McEachern

• WALLED LAKE NORTHERN - Gabby Rosely, Alayna Hackman

• WEST BLOOMFIELD - Taylor Christensen, Ava Barnthouse

Last Updated: 1/15/2017 4:07:37 PM EST

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