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SWIMMING: Boys' swim preview (PHOTO)

Trenton swimmers looking to continue streak of seven straight league championships

Returnee Alex Ginn will be a part of another strong Trenton squad this season.

In the last seven years the Trenton boys’ swimming and diving team has won seven league titles; five outright and two shared.

They have also won three of the past four annual News-Herald meets including the most recent one last season.

This season looks to be much of the same for the powerhouse Trojans who returns seven state qualifiers.

Seniors Johnny Deihl, Alex Ginn, Vincenzo Guiglielmetti, David O’Donnell, Dane Roberts and Tyler Stawowczyk and junior Thomas Wolsek all return to the water after a season that ended at last year’s Division 3 state meet.

“We’re looking at 38 kids this year,” Coach Jim Lawrence said about his 31st season with the team. “Checking eligibility, you’re talking at least 20 percent of the team are state qualifiers.”

The goals for the team this year are simple.

Swim fast, challenge as many varsity records as possible and place as many as possible at the state meet.

The team returns a number of News-Herald Champions and Lawrence says the team is strong all the way down this season.

This year Lawrence expects what he expects from each of his teams through the years.

“We’re looking to swim fast by the end of the year,” he said. “We’ll be a good team at the end of the year.”

Trenton has a strong middle school swim program and because of it, Lawrence says he expects some of the younger kids to step up.

“That’s the neat thing,” he said. “If you do your training and kids adhere to the training and do what they’re supposed to do out of the pool … we’ll have a tremendous year.”

Lawrence said he is looking forward to the dual meet season and the head-to-head competition with Roosevelt.

“Each team will present something unique,” he said about the dual meets.

The Trojans jump in this Saturday at the Downriver League relays and will race their first dual meet on Dec. 17 against Cabrini.



Woodhaven

Last year was a rebuilding year for the Warriors and four-year head Coach Tarran Johnson-LeMieux is hoping to build off of what the team learned in the season.

The biggest hole left from graduation was in the form of David Erickson, especially in the butterfly and relays.

Senior captain Wesley Moilanen is this season’s undisputed leader and is expected to help fill the holes, being able to swim any stroke well.

Team workhorses senior David Mills, junior Ryan Wiencek and sophomore Dylan Nycz are all able to swim distance events as well as substitute in butterfly and breaststroke.

Sophomore Damien Straub and Zach Holt have the most raw talent according to Johnson-LeMieux and he hopes they can rebound from their injury filled season last year.

The lineup will be rounded out by Corbin Desjardin and Tyler Ford in butterfly and back, Phil Menna in any event and Brandon Vaughan in diving.

The initial varsity lineup will be rounded out by freshman Michael Lawrence (backstroke) and sophomore Cullen Canejo and junior Phil Consiglio, both of whom improved at the end of last season in the butterfly and breaststroke respectively.

Sophomore Zachary Rodriguez will also be used as a wildcard in a variety of events and a variety of first-year swimmers will add to the depth.

The relay teams are up in the air currently as well as almost all of the varsity spots with the exception of Moilanen.

Last year the Warriors sent a team to Oakland for the Division 2 state finals and Johnson-LeMieux’s ultimate goal is to have at least four return this year even with the tougher state cuts.

“In essence, we will have to break school records in order to make the state meet,” he said. “If our guys can combine the considerable talent that we have on the team with a strong work ethic, meeting this goal is a definite possibility.”

The Riverview team will be deep with veteran state-qualifiers as the 2013-2014 boys’ swimming season gets underway.

Coach Sean Kelly returns for his third season as coach of the Bucs and 17th season overall.

The experienced roster includes six members with state meet experience, including three seniors.

Alex Guthrie and Morgen Gardocki are qualifiers in the 200 free relay. Guthrie also teamed with Dakota Roehler in the 200 medley relay and Gardocki teamed with Roehler in the 400 free relay.

Gardocki and Roehler led the 400 free relay to a 21st place finish at last year’s state meet.

Individually, Guthrie is also a strong backstroker, Roehler swims breaststroke and Gardocki is one of the team’s top sprinters.

Nicolas Guthrie, a junior, returns to the team as a state qualifier in the 100 fly, 50 free and all three relays.

Junior Nolan Rochon returns as a state qualifier in the 400 free relay and will also lead the team as the top returning distance freestyle and individual medley swimmer.

Rounding out the state qualifiers will be Noah Ellington, back for his second season after going to the state meet in diving as a freshman. A year ago he finished 35th in the state.

Other swimmers expected to contribute include: Keith Stokely (fly, back), Caleb Menna (free, back), Tristan Hosier (all around), Brad Renner (free, fly), Kyle Lavrack (free, fly), and Dylan Kissel (free).

While the Bucs did not have any champions at last year’s News- Herald meet, they did finish third as a team behind only Trenton and Roosevelt and Kelly expects it to be another strong season for his team.

“Our strength over the last two years has been overall depth,” he said. “Many of our swimmers score points in large invitational-style meets like News-Herald and our conference meet.”



Roosevelt

The Roosevelt boys swim team had to settle for a second-place finish last year in both the Downriver League meet and the annual News-Herald meet.

The Bears graduated a very talented group of seniors, and despite a smaller, less experienced team this season, Coach Sue Alt said she still expects a good run.

“The team is smaller this year with less experience, but I think we will finish strong in the league,” she said. “It really depends on their will to make sacrifices and train properly.

“We will, as always, focus on personal, consistent improvement and let the winning take care of itself.”

Jesse Knowles, Tom Martin, Sean Pearce and Cody Reichow were among those lost to graduation. The group had quite a bit of state-meet experience and all those swimmers consistently in the top-three at leagues.

However, the team does have a few experienced veterans back in the pool.

Juniors Collin Olson and Danny May jump back in and bring state meet experience with them. Olson was last year’s News-Herald champ in the 50 and 100 free and May won the breaststroke event at the meet.

Evan Perovich also returns for his senior season and is always consistently fast.

A big highlight for the Bears will be the return of seniors Jamie Williams and Garrid Blair and junior Mike Pugh, a strong diving team who finished one-two-three at the league meet a year ago.

Alt says she has only had a few days with the new freshmen faces but Easton Tabin, Alex Bearden and Marciel Gomez all look strong.

The team also returns sophomores Alex Mitchell, Dylan Fore, Josh Watson and Carter Waggoner.



Allen Park

It is going to be a rebuilding year for the Jags but second year Coach Tyler Card is looking forward to the possibilities.

“We are coming off a year with a big graduating class and not many underclassmen, so we’re focused on rebuilding this season,” he said. “We have a small group of guys with a ton of potential for fast swimming.”

Last year the team lost a group of eight seniors that included Downriver League champs Sean Flanigan in the 500 free and Will Marosi in the 100 back.

The Jags do return a handful of veterans that Card expects a good season from.

Michael Burnham and Cody Gledhill return for their senior season and a strong sophomore class led by Tommy Lareau, Michael Harris and Adam Velarde are expected to contribute.

Last year at the state meet, Allen Park was represented by the medley relay that included Burnham and Tony Vinco, Marosi and Flanigan, all of whom graduated.

Burnham and Marosi also qualified in the 100 backstroke.



Cabrini

A group of 12 seniors will help boost and lead the Allen Park Cabrini swimming and diving team in the team’s seventh season.

The Monarchs lost six seniors to graduation who left big holes in the team, but the team does return a handful of strong veterans to the pool.

A key returnee for Cabrini will be in the form of seniors Kirk Nicola, Jonah Globke, Robert Day and junior Ford Pariseau, the returning MISCA qualifying 200 medley relay team.

The group also holds the school record in the 400 freestyle relay.

Individually, Nicola and Pariseau are also expected to provide big leadership in the 100 back and 100 breast.

Sophomore Sam Sabo returns to the pool as the top 200 and 500 freestyle swimmer and seniors Paige Kulchinsky and Josh Geschke return to the 100 fly.

In the diving well, senior Erik LaCroix returns for his final outing as the team’s only returning state qualifier and defending News-Herald champ.

He will look to three-peat as News-Herald champion as well as improving on his 15th place finish at the Division III state finals.

Joining him will be state and regional qualifiers Anaya Lechnar and Brad Bartnicki back for their junior years.

Other standout swimmers are expected to come from senior Nick Lucé and sophomore Ben Misovich in the free, senior Matt Bartnicki in the breast, senior Devan Carmody, junior Liz Misovich and sophomore Anna Tilley in the individual medley.

Coach Paul LaCroix is optimistic about this season and is looking forward to getting started after an off season of hard work.

“Overall with some of our athletes training during this past summer, I expect to see a better performance this year as a team,” he said. “Returning 12 seniors should also give us a huge boost at the beginning of the season.

“I’m very optimistic that our seniors will help guide the underclassmen to a quick start.”

Cabrini opens the season Dec. 7 at the Charger Relays at Crestwood high school.



Anderson/Carlson

A good mix of veterans and new faces is what the Carlson-Anderson co-op boys’ swim team will bring to the pool this season.

After losing key members of the squad including Matt Diehl, Matt Trombley and Craig Skinner to graduation the team does return several veterans to the lineup.

Sixth-year coach Amy Kleinsmith expects a strong year from Matt Andreson, Thomas Jozwiak, Alex Penland and Ryan Owen this season.

The pair will team up for the medley relay.

“All of our relay teams will be strong, but I suspect our medley relay will be tough to beat,” Kleinsmith said.

As the season goes on, the team will be looking to improve on the 500 and diving events, but Kleinsmith is optimistic.

“I am very excited for this season to commence,” she said. “We have a lot of returning veteran swimmers and a great deal of new talent that looks very promising.

“This is a younger team, but most of the guys have competitive experience. I can’t wait to see what they accomplish this year.”

The team will be at the Downriver League relays on Saturday before hosting Edsel Ford on Dec. 17.



Lincoln Park

After having to suspend the team in the middle of the season two years ago, the Lincoln Park swim team is back in the pool with big numbers this season.

Coach Mike Higgins is back for his 24th season with the team and team of 20 guys has him excited.

“It’s gonna be a really young team, but it’s the biggest team I’ve had in a long time and they’re really enthusiastic,” he said. “We’re gonna have numbers now (and) we’re gonna start to be a little more competitive now.”

The Rails graduated a lot of talent last season but Higgins expects a good year from three returning veterans.

Juniors Kyle Bechtal (backstroke) and Sandon Elkins (breaststroke) and sophomore Ethan Jakobi (distance) return to the pool this year to lead the team as captains.

Higgins says if you talk to Elkins, you could think he was a senior by the way he leads the team already.

“These are three kids who have their heads on their shoulders,” he said. “They encourage the other kids and all three are becoming real leaders which is really nice.”

This year the team will focus solely on the long term outcome.

“This year my goal is just to create the core and become competitive down the road,” Higgins said. “I’m not looking to do anything real exciting this year other than to really establish ourselves as a team.

“We went years without (and) this is the first year we’re really able to come together as a team. In the past we had individuals but not as a group.”

The Rails begin their season at the Downriver Relay race on Saturday.







Last Updated: 12/3/2013 2:26:50 PM EST

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