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Girls Swimming: 2013 Downriver League season preview (PHOTOS)
Tessa Glover will be one of the leaders this fall for Carlson. Last season she was part of a 200-free relay team that set a meet record at the News Herald Swimming and Diving Championship.
Trenton's Jaimee Perugi checks her time after a race last season. This fall she's part of a strong core of returning Trojans swimmers.
Heading into the 2013 campaign, Trojans’ Head Coach Jim Lawrence said he will rely heavily on those seven girls, which is a group made up of five seniors and two juniors.
The returning Trenton seniors who qualified for the state meet last year are: Madi Day, Jaimee Terugi, Sarah Wiltse, Gabrielle Wojtala and Emily Kuehn. Day, Wiltse and Wojtala were also part of a 400-free relay team that took first place at the News-Herald meet.
Meghan Hoover and Maddie Moody make up the pair of junior Trojans swimmers who earned their way to last year’s state meet as sophomores. Moody advanced all the way to the state semifinals as a diver.
In addition to those seven swimmers, Lawrence said he also expects big things from junior Riley Young and sophomore Sydney Watson. He said they should both make it to the state meet this year, as Young should qualify in the breaststroke and Watson should earn a spot at the meet as a diver.
In the early going this season, Lawrence said it could take a little time before his entire squad hits on all cylinders. However, once the season is in full swing, he believes it will be another strong campaign for his Trojans.
“I think we’ll be good by November,” he said. “That’s when our young kids will get used to the workouts and be able to swim fast, (but) our older kids will be ready to go.”
Last season Carlson finished in first place in half of the events at the annual News Herald meet.
Despite having fewer swimmers on the roster this year than last season, Coach Sarah Dee will lead her Marauders into the 2013 campaign with several key people back from the 2012 team.
“We are a little smaller than last year, but we have some really good talent,” Dee said.
In the water for Carlson, which is a co/op team with Southgate Anderson, will be seniors Tessa Glover, Amelia Yacko and Sam Gallimore. Standout juniors are: Amanda Cameron, Melanie Kaczan, Maddie Blair, Aubrey Meagher and Chelsea Plogh. Blair, Yacko and Glover were part of the 200-free relay team that set a meet record at last year’s News Herald meet.
Sophomore Charlotte Brill, who had an impressive freshman campaign, will be back in the pool, as well, for the Marauders.
A pair of freshmen that Dee is looking to for contributions this year is Olivia Trombley and Tara Clark.
After third place finishes at both the DRL and News Herald meets last season, Allen Park returns what should be a well-rounded group of swimmers and divers for 2013.
Jaguars Coach Whitney Baker said she expects strong leadership from seniors Elaine Jarzeboski, Shannon Smith, Kara Guobis, Kristen Cavazos and Kamari Delfine.
On the diving platform, seniors Shainna and Sierra Yacoub should be among the DRL’s best this season, Baker said.
Last year Shainna took first place at the News Herald meet and finished 18th in the state with 154.55 points.
Two standout juniors on the Allen Park squad are Olivia Bender and Theresa Duffy. Freshman who should contribute for the Jags this year are Molly Bender, Courtney Newsome and Brianna Sloan.
After 46 years as a swimming coach at Roosevelt, Hugh Roddin retired last year.
Taking over for Roddin this season is Sue Alt, who is no stranger to the Roosevelt program, as she also serves as the school’s boys’ swimming coach during the winter.
Alt takes the reins of an experienced girls’ team this year that features junior Clare Sutka, who has qualified for the state meet in each of her first two years of high school swimming.
Seniors Angela Wadja, Sarah Trusewicz and juniors Julie Lack, Rosalee Hackenberg and Amber Morin have all logged quite a bit of time in the pool, as well.
So far, Alt said she’s been impressed with what she’s seen from her swimmers; a group that’s been practicing hard to get faster in the water for the upcoming campaign.
“The team is working well together and we are looking forward to a great season with a focus on personal best times.”
In addition to the juniors and seniors on the Roosevelt team, sophomores who Alt expects to contribute this year are Ashley Matheny, Alexis Long, Elizabeth Olson, Sydney Serra and Anna Edwards.
Also, four freshmen joining the Roosevelt team this year are Macy Perovich, Lara Dmitrichina, Alicia Lawyer and Emily Sutka.
This season Woodhaven will head into the water with a roster of 18 swimmers, which is up from the group of 12 girls who were on last year’s squad.
Warriors Coach Michelle Mumau said that the bigger roster, combined with senior leadership, should be a recipe for success in 2013.
“I’m looking forward to this season,” Mumau said. “I’m expecting great things from the seniors as they lead this team with their experience. The freshmen will definitely add depth to the team. I expect to be very competitive in the DRL this year.”
This year’s seniors are: Hayley Bialobrzeski, Mackenzie Boismier, Hannah Fisher, Lauren Reitmeyer and Mackenzie Schulte. Juniors on the Warriors’ squad are Allison Csizmadia, Madison Curtis, Brandie Olson and Jocelyn Trottier.
A group of four sophomores and five freshmen will round out the Woodhaven roster for 2013.
With 10 swimmers back from last season, and five new freshmen joining the roster, Lincoln Park Coach Christine Ramon is optimistic about the 2013 campaign.
Leading the way for the Railsplitters will be a strong senior trio of Laura Vaslo, Emily Mitchell and Chelsie McFadden.
Along with contributing their talents in the water, Ramon said the seniors would provide the necessary leadership for this year’s team, as well.
“All three returning seniors will definitely set the pace for the rest of the returning girls and our new freshmen,” she said. “I am looking forward to what the season has to bring.”
Last Updated: 8/20/2013 3:01:23 PM EST