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BOYS’ SWIMMING: Trenton trumps Roosevelt in battle of Downriver League unbeatens

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Much like it did at the News-Herald Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, the Roosevelt boys’ swimming team gave Trenton a fight but just couldn’t quite overcome its depth.

The Trojans improved to 7-2 on the season and handed visiting Roosevelt its third loss of the season (first in the Downriver league) by edging them 101-82 on Thursday night.

Because Trenton does not have a diving team, Roosevelt was spotted 13 points out of the gate once the diving portion of the meet concluded. Jamie Williams finished with a team-high 233.20 score.

But the Trojans quickly made their way into the scoring column after the 200 yard medley relay. Their A team of Johnny Diehl, Adam Mulka, Thomas Wolsek, and Alex Ginn finished with a first-place score of 1:47:21 seconds - just under seven seconds faster than Roosevelt’s second-place A team.

David O’Donnell kept Trenton rolling in the 200 yard free, finishing with a first-place time of 1:51.48.

In the 200 yard IM, Roosevelt’s Daniel May edged Mulka by less than a second (2:14.06 to 2:14.28) and then Collin Olson followed May’s victory up by taking first place in the 50 yard free. However, Trenton’s Wolsek, Diehl and Alex Brock placed second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 50 yard free to soften the blow.

Olson then went on to win the sixth competition of the night, helping the Bears’ cause by finishing the 100 yard fly in 56.43.

Following Olson’s win, Trenton turned on the jets and began to pull away led by who else but O’Donnell.

“David (O’Donnell) is a gamer,” Trenton Coach Jim Lawrence said. “He’s very talented. He made several state cuts today; the 200, free 100, free 50, free. All unrested and all without a speed suit.”

O’Donnell took first place in the 100 yard free with a final time of 50.25, just beating out Easton Tabin of Roosevelt’s time of 51.83. Nick Roberts then came out on top in the pivotal 500 yard free with a final time of 5:15.98, and then the same Trenton A team that took the 200 yard medley relay placed first in the 200 yard free relay with a winning time of 1:33:91.

In the ninth race of the night, the 200 yard free relay, the Trenton F team of Collin Biegalski, Owen Acosta, Sam Jimenez and Dimitri Kakaris-Porter won with a total time of 2:08.52.

Evan Perovich did his best to keep the Bears’ hopes alive in the 100 yard back when he edged Wolsek (1:04.63) to place first with a time of 1:01.11.

But it was Mulka who came up huge for Trenton in the 11th race, just as he had done so many times throughout the night, winning the 100 yard breast with a final time of 1:06.54. Roosevelt’s A team would place first in the final race of the night, the 400 yard free relay, with a total time of 3:29.49, but it was too little too late.

Lawrence said he knew he had his hands full with Roosevelt, and credited his depth for helping his team come away with the win.

“We thought it was going to be a good meet and it turned out to be a very good meet,” Lawrence said. “It was a chess match and we matched up pretty well with them. We made some changes that were advantageous for us and it just came down to us having one or two more bodies than they did.”

Next Tuesday the Trojans will take on Ann Arbor Greenhills, a meet in which Lawrence says a lot of his younger kids will have an opportunity to swim.

Bears Coach Sue Alt said she knew what her team was up against after watching Trenton capture the N-H title, but that didn’t make it any easier to beat them.

“It’s always good to see what they’ve got and when we saw that and saw what they accomplished last weekend, we knew tonight would be an uphill battle,” Alt said. “They’re a great team and we know that. We just tried to get in a few points early.

“We finished with some great times. The loss at the 500 really hurt but you know, I told the kids, ‘we’re not supposed to win today but if we can hang around, who knows.’ And I think we gave our absolute best effort. We had a lot of best times today.”

Roosevelt will move on to face Lincoln Park on Thursday before squaring off with a tough Riverview team next Tuesday.

Last Updated: 1/24/2014 4:54:15 AM EST