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Trojans snag eighth straight league crown UPDATED

  • Trenton's Adam Mulka set a new DRL record in the 100 breast en route to yet another team DRL title Photos by Dave Chapman
  • Trenton's David O'Donnell
  • Trenton's Vince Guglielmetti
  • Allen Park's Tommy Lareau

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On Friday night the Trenton boys’ swim team did as the Trenton swim team does and dominated the competition to win yet another Downriver League title.

The Trojans doubled their first-place finishes from last season, finishing with six top times and blew away the competition.

Trenton was the top team with 798 points, topping second-place Roosevelt by 237 points. Roosevelt finished with 561 points followed by Woodhaven in third with 421 points.

Carlson-Anderson (293), Allen Park (284), Taylor Co-Op (191) and Lincoln Park (112) rounded out the night’s scoring.

“For us, it was a very good season,” longtime Coach Jim Lawrence said. “We knew we would have a good team by February and everybody chuckles when I say that.

“At the beginning we’re not as good because the kids don’t train the way they should in the offseason. (But) when it comes to March, if we’ve done things right, we’ll swim fast.

“That’s what it’s all about. You make your good kids faster and make your bottom kids good.”

The night was full of state cuts and DRL record swims.

Trenton won all three relays.

The traditional Trenton depth was also very apparent in the win. The Trojans finished with 20 top-5 finishes (15 top-3) , propelling the team to the championship.

The night started with a win in the 200 medley from Johnny Diehl, Adam Mulka, Dane Roberts and Alex Ginn who finished in 1:44.68.

Mulka and Ginn later joined Thomas Wolsek and David O’Donnell in the 200 free to finish with a state cut time of 1:31.25. To cap the night, Wolsek, Diehl and O’Donnell teamed with Vincenzo Guglielmetti to take the 400 free with a state cut time of 3:23.97.

Individually, O’Donnell swam a state cut in the 200 free, and finished with a new DRL record time of 1:48.28.

Mulka finished with his own DRL record and state cut in the 100 breast with a swim of 1:02.67 and Guglielmetti made a state cut by taking first in the 500 free in 5:11.01.

Second-place finishes came from Guglielmetti (200 free-1:53.80), Mulka (200 IM- 2:09.53), O’Donnell (100 free- 49.92), Thomas Wolsek (50 free-23.15), Dane Roberts (100 fly- 56.74) and Nicholas Roberts (500 free-5:14.49).

Tyler Stawowczyk was third in both the 100 fly (58.64) and the 500 free (5:16.22) and Andrew Wolsek was third in the 100 back (1:01.20).

Lawrence said the focus was on Thursday’s preliminary swims.

“For us, everything is Thursday,” he said. “There is no Friday without Thursday.

“It’s ingrained in them that Thursday’s your day. You step up and you swim the meet of your life on Thursday. If you get an opportunity to come back on Friday, you try it again.”

The Trojans got those opportunities with 50 individual swims in Friday’s meet.

Lawrence was pleased with the dropped times from several swimmers and overall effort from the whole Trojan lineup.

“We knew we were situated and seeded very well,” he said about coming into Friday’s finals.

“The kids should do everything right and have fun and that’s exactly what we did.

“I love the spirit of competition. I love to see if we’ve done things as coaches that we were supposed to do and to prepare the kids to win.

“But I also like to see meets like we had, which means your younger did a great job. After Thursday, when we had 50 individual swims and three relays; you knew it was gonna be a fun day.”

The Trojans have won the league outright six of the last eight years, going back to the Mega Red League and shared the title twice.

“That’s a testament to the program that we have in place,” Lawrence said. “You let the kids come in knowing if you do what you’re supposed to do you’re gonna swim fast.

“There’s no guarantee you’re gonna win (but) you’re gonna swim fast.”

Second-place Roosevelt gained 102 extra points in the diving well when the team went one through five in the event.

Garrid Blair took the top diving spot with a score of 424.30.

Individually, the Bears had the only double-winner of the day in Collin Olson. The senior finished the 100 fly in 55.18 and swam a state cut and new DRL record in the 50 free with his finish of 21.85.

Carlson-Anderon was led by two individual winners.

Matt Anderson took the 100 free with a finish of 49.69 and Thomas Jozwiak took the 100 back in 57.71.

Host Allen Park was led by Tommy Lareau who swam to a first-place finish with a state cut in the 200 IM. He finished in 2:09.49.

Woodhaven was led by a second-place finish in the 200 free relay from Wesley Moilanen, Zachary Rodriguez, Dylan Nycz and Damien Straub who finished in 1:34.95.

Straub also led individually with a third-place finish in the 50 free (23.97).

Taylor Co-Op was led by Brennan Dukes, Troy Busch, James Iraira and Michael Taylor in the 200 free with a swim of 1:40.70.

Lincoln Park was led by seventh-place finishes in the 200 medley relay (Brandon Henderson, Sandon Elkins, Kyle Bechtol, Ethan Jacoby; 2:12.58) and the 200 free relay (Jacoby, Elkins, Bechtol, Efren Munoz; 1:50.84).

Last Updated: 2/25/2014 2:28:01 PM EST