2017-01-26 / Sports

Grand Blanc wins 27th Genesee County title

By Lisa Paine
810-452-2626 * lpaine@mihomepaper.com


The Grand Blanc boys’ swim team celebrates its newest County title at Fenton last Saturday. 
Photo courtesy Grand Blanc Swim and Dive The Grand Blanc boys’ swim team celebrates its newest County title at Fenton last Saturday. Photo courtesy Grand Blanc Swim and Dive FENTON – The year 2000 continues to be the one blemish on the Grand Blanc boys’ swim team record board as it picked up its 27th title after beating out runner up Fenton at the Genesee County Meet over the weekend. Grand Blanc won the meet with 588.5 points, Fenton second with 435 and Flint Powers third with 296. Swartz Creek-Flushing was fourth with 172, Davison fifth with 125, Carman-Ainsworth sixth with 114 and Brandon seventh with 101. Corunna was eighth with 98, Kearsley ninth with 94.5, Holly 10th with 93 and Lapeer 11th with 85.

“This year’s Genesee County Invitational was probably the most exciting county meet the Grand Blanc Bobcats have had in years with a tough battle against the Fenton Tigers,” said Grand Blanc coach Emily Overmyer. “Grand Blanc has traditionally dominated this meet with the team now securing its 27th win in the 28 years of the meet, having only lost to Powers in 2000. Based on the “psych sheet” (a ranking of the entries for each event), Fenton was projected to win the meet by approximately 20 points. The Bobcats were not going to let that happen, at least not without a fight, and they did just that!”

Grand Blanc’s divers gave the team a big head start in Thursday’s diving portion of the three-day meet placing first, third, seventh and 10th heading into the finals where they finished first, third, sixth and 10th.

“Seniors Jared Berger and Tai Sims have worked extremely hard over the last few years with a goal of being the top divers at Counties by their senior year and they have definitely succeeded,” said Overmyer. “The senior divers earned scores making them eligible to apply for All-American, and Berger narrowly missed the Grand Blanc 11-dive varsity record. First year divers, Dakota Blakley and Logan Martin-Nagy performed remarkably for their first 11-dive competition and earned a great amount of experience.”

“At Friday’s swim prelims, Fenton came prepared and competed strong, but the Grand Blanc boys were not backing down,” added Overmyer. “Seventy five percent of the Bobcats’ races lead to personal-best times and every team member earned a personal best in at least one of their events. Of Grand Blanc’s 72 entries, they qualified for finals in 38 positions, 25 of which were in the top eight (championship heat).”

Overmyer said her team continued to drop even more time on Saturday, maintaining and improving their placements, and earned multiple Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (MISCA) qualifications. Grand Blanc’s top point earners were JD Walker, Kay Whitmore, Jonah Curtis, Michael Harding, Max Whitmore, Jarod Williams, Devon Bryant, and Harrison Adams; each contributed more than 30 points to the team’s overall score.

“It was a great meet and the boys did an amazing job, surpassing the goals times I had set for them,” said Overmyer. “This was also great preparation for the Conference Meet, giving the team the experience of what it takes at prelims to get themselves in the best positions for finals and earning points. I am one proud coach right now!”

In the 200 medley relay Curtis, Max Whitmore, Walker and Kay Whitmore were second in 1:42.50 *MISCA. In the 200 free, Harding was third in 1:53.79, Adams was fifth in 1:56.83 and Ryan Miller 12th in 2:06.22. In the 200 IM Curtis was second in 2:03.82 *MISCA, Bryant was fourth in 2:09.32 *MISCA and Gage Kosmanopoulos ninth in 2:20.00. In the 50 free, Kay Whitmore was first in 22.79 *MISCA, Walker was second in 22:89 *MISCA, Williams fifth in 23.51, Griffin Yeater eighth in 24.20 and Max Schaffer ninth in 24.54. Tyler Mather was 12th in 24.89 and Wyatt Halstead 13th in 25.05.

In the one-meter diving, Berger was first with 470.75 points, Sim was third with 414.30, Blakley was sixth with 268.70 and Martin-Nagy 10th with 226.80. In the 100 fly, Walker was first in 54.21 *MISCA, Adams third in 57.93 *MISCA and Tyler Wright 1:06.27. In the 100 free, Williams was second in 52.27, Max Whitmore third in 52.61, Yeater fourth in 52.84 and Carson McDaniel fifth in 53.90. Harding was third in the 500 free in 5:17.42, Hunter Follis was ninth in 5:39.50 and Reed Bearder 11th in 5:47.55. Whitmore, Williams, and Walker were first in the 200 relay in 1:32.39 *MISCA. Curtis was third in the 100 back in 56.51 *MISCA, K. Whitmore was third in 56.91 *MISCA, McDaniel was fifth in 1:00.22 *MISCA, Evan Peel ninth in 1:04.25, Kosmanopoulos 10th in 1:04.64 and Follis 11th in 1:05.95. Bryant was third in the 100 Breast in 1:04.12 *MISCA, M. Whitmore 4th in 1:05.58 *MISCA, Leif Massey fifth in 1:06.16 *MISCA, Tyler Mather sixth in 1:07.51 and Max Schaffer 10th in 1:09.54. Harding, Yeater, Williams and Curtis were second in the 400 free relay in 3:27.53 * MISCA.

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