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SWIMMING: 2012-2013 All-News Herald team (PHOTOS)

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A year after splitting a league championship with Roosevelt, things returned to normal in Trenton this season after the Trojans claimed sole possession of the Downriver League crown for the third time in four years.

The recipe for success has remained the same for Trenton as a strong front-line and a solid core of point-scorers allowed the Trojans to mow throw their opponents with an undefeated dual-meet season.

The Trojans also added some more hardware to their trophy case with team victories at The News-Herald Invitational and the Downriver League Meet.

It is tough to pick a Swimmer of the Year with a deep field of swimmers pacing their respective teams.

Roosevelt’s Collin Olson and Woodhaven’s David Erickson are each solid candidates after both swimmers repeated as double-winners at The News-Herald Invitational and the Downriver League Meet.

Trenton’s depth was the true story of the season as nearly a dozen Trojans served as consistent point scorers which included dominant performances from David O’Donnell, Thomas Wolsek and Cody Pratt.

Cabrini’s Erik LaCroix dominance on the board allowed the junior to reclaim his title as Diver of the Year after placing first at The News-Herald Invitational for the second-straight year.

The junior qualified for states for the third consecutive season and made it to the second day for the first time with a 15th-place score in the Division 3 state finals.

These swimmers were pivotal in their teams’ success this season. Meet their teammates on the 2012-13 All-News-Herald Team.

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Sean Flanigan turned in another strong season for the Jags this season highlighted by the senior repeating as The News-Herald Invitational and Downriver League champion in the 500 freestyle.

Will Marosi was also a double-champion in his senior year with victories at The News-Herald Invitational and Downriver League Meet in the backstroke. Marosi finished 28th in the Division 2 state meet in the event.

Both seniors swam with senior Tony Vinco and junior Michael Burnham in the 200 medley relay at the state meet and turned in the best Downriver finish in D2 with a 19th-place time.

Burnham also swam individually in the backstroke at states and finished one spot behind Marosi in 29th.


While the Carlson/Anderson Co-op team may have gone under the radar for some local swimming fans, they did not go unnoticed by their opponents this season as the team placed a number of talented swimmers in the pool this winter.

Matthew Diehl was runner-up at The News-Herald Invitational and the Downriver League Meet in the butterfly and was a member of three solid relay teams.

Diehl, Thomas Jozwiak, Craig Skinner, Matthew Anderson and Matthew Trombley all rotated on Carlson/Anderson’s three main relay teams.

In other individual events, Diehl was strong in the 50-free, Jozwiak was solid in the backstroke and Trombley was a threat in the 200-free.


Riverview turned in another quality season powered by depth and a number of state-qualifiers.

Nicolas Guthrie turned in a 13th-place finish in the butterfly in the Division 3 state finals and was a member of a pair of state-placing relay teams.

Guthrie teamed with Ryan Pickell, Alex Guthrie and Nick Diroff for 15th in the 200 freestyle relay and took 16th in the 200 medley relay with Pickell, Alex Guthrie and Dakotah Roehler.

Pickell, Diroff, Roehler and Morgen Gardocki also competed at states in the 400 freestyle relay and Noah Ellington made it to the finals in diving.

Pickell took first place at the SMISL Championships in the 100-free and Jacob Hosier and Nolan Rochon each earned state cuts on relays during the season.


Junior Collin Olson led the talented Bears by repeating as N-H and Downriver League champion in the 50-free and 100-free this season.

Olson teamed with Danny May, Tom Martin and Jesse Knowles to take first at The News-Herald Invitational in the medley relay and Olson, Knowles and Martin joined Sean Pearce to win the 400 freestyle relay at the Downriver League meet.

Knowles was a league champion in the breaststroke, May took first at The News-Herald Invitational in the breaststroke and Evan Perovich also turned in a state-qualifying time this season as a member of the medley relay team.

Jamie Williams, Garrid Blair and Michael Pugh went 1-2-3 in diving at the Downriver League Meet and all three competed individually at states.


You can’t put your finger on one Trenton swimmer as a hands-down MVP this season because so many contributed points throughout the season.

David O’Donnell repeated as the 200 IM champion at The News-Herald Invitational and the Downriver League meet. The junior placed in the top-20 in the 100-free (16th) and the 200 IM (18th) at the Division 3 state meet and was a member of the sixth-place 200 freestyle relay team with Thomas Wolsek, Michael VanPaepeghem and Cody Pratt.

Wolsek (13th) and Pratt (15th) swam well in the 50-free at states while teammates Adam Mulka (breaststroke), Vincenzo Guglielmetti (200-free, 500-free), Colin Westrate (backstroke), Ben Sieloff (500-free) and Adam Friedman (backstroke) also swam in the final meet.

The Trojans won the 200 medley relay (Friedman, Mulka, Wolsek, Pratt) and the 200 freestyle relay (Johnny Diehl, VanPaepeghem, Pratt, O’Donnell) and they also compiled a 200 freestyle relay winning team at The News-Herald Invitational (Pratt, VanPaepeghem, Nathan Clark, O’Donnell).


In an injury-riddled season, the Warriors leaned on workhorse David Erickson and the senior did not disappoint.

Erickson won the 200-freestyle and the butterfly at The News-Herald Invitational, the Downriver League Meet and the SMISL Championships and was a member of two state-qualifying relay teams.

Erickson swam in the Division 2 state finals in 400 freestyle relay with Alex Rodriguez, Wesley Moilanen and Zach Holt and in the 200 freestyle relay with Moilanen, Holt and Damien Straub.

Holt was solid in his sophomore campaign with second-place league finishes in the 100-free and 200-free.

Coach of the year

Jim Lawrence, Trenton: The Trojans went unscathed through the regular season and turned in several strong swims in the Division 3 state finals. Trenton will graduate a few key contributors, but a plentiful group of talented returners should ensure the Trojans remain near the top of the league standings in the coming years.

Last Updated: 4/2/2013 2:54:39 PM EST