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SWIMMING: Trenton claims another league title (PHOTOS)

Trenton's David O'Donnell

Allen Park's Sean Flanigan

Woodhaven's David Erickson

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A year after splitting the Downriver League championship with Roosevelt, Trenton claimed sole possession of this year’s league title with a dominating showing at the Downriver League Meet in Wyandotte on Friday.

The Trojans finished with a meet-high 826 points and finished more than 300 points ahead of second place Roosevelt (524).

“I’m very happy with the overall performance,” Trenton Coach Jim Lawrence said. “In many cases, we exceeded what we thought we were capable of.

“The meet was a faster meet than a year ago and we swam faster than we did a year ago. I can’t be anything else but pleased.”

Trenton has had at least a share of a league title for each of the past seven years, dating back to its days in the Mega-Red.

“I always tell people we’ll be a good team in February and we can go head-to-head with a lot of people,” Lawrence said. “It was satisfying.”

Allen Park took third with 372 points and was followed by Carlson/Anderson Co-op (358), Woodhaven (354), Taylor (127) and Lincoln Park (111).

Trenton’s depth was the story once again as the Trojans won handedly despite only three first-place finishes.

David O’Donnell defended his title in the 200 IM with a first-place time of 2:05.27.

The Trojans also won a pair of relays with wins in the medley (Adam Friedman, Adam Mulka, Thomas Wolsek, Cody Pratt – 1:42.41) and the 200 freestyle (Johnny Diehl, Michael VanPaepeghem, Pratt, O’Donnell).

O’Donnell finished second in the backstroke, Wolsek and Pratt went 2-3 in the 50-free and Wolsek finished third in the 100-free.

The Trojans took second through sixth in the in the 500-free led by Ben Sieloff’s runner-up finish and the 400 freestyle relay team of Wolsek, VanPaepeghem, Friedman and O’Donnell finished second.

Most of Trenton’s success was due to a number of solid performances in Thursday’s preliminaries.

“We swam very well on Thursday and you always are concerned with how you do on Friday, but it wasn’t going to matter because of the amount of people we placed on Thursday,” Lawrence said. “We focused a lot on Thursday. Friday will take care of itself.

“The winning is fine, (but) it’s the amount of improvement you see with the kids and how fast they’re swimming that really matters.”

Roosevelt turned in five first-place finishes and was led by Collin Olson, who successfully defended his championships in the 50-free (22.45) and 100-free (48.96) as a repeat double-winner.

Jesse Knowles repeated as champion in the breaststroke (1:03.43), Jamie Williams, Garrid Blair and Michael Pugh went 1-2-3 in diving and the Bears also took first in the 400 freestyle relay (Knowles, Sean Pearce, Tom Martin, Collin Olson).

Allen Park had a pair of first-place finishers. Sean Flanigan took first in the 500-free (5:07.01) for the second-straight season. Teammate Will Marosi won the backstroke (58.01).

Woodhaven’s David Erickson was a double-winner in the 200-free (1:51.81) and the butterfly (55.86).

Last Updated: 2/26/2013 2:04:53 PM EST