2017-12-07 / Sports

Swim & dive team focused on top league finish

By Austin VanDaele
810-452-2655 • avandaele@mihomepaper.com

Jonah Curtis returns to the team and will be looked to for leadership throughout the season. 
Photo courtesy Emily Overmyer Jonah Curtis returns to the team and will be looked to for leadership throughout the season. Photo courtesy Emily Overmyer GRAND BLANC – The Grand Blanc swim and dive team begins its 2017- 18 season with 28 returning athletes from last season’s team that finished 7-3 overall and 23rd in the Division I state championship. Grand Blanc finished tied atop the Kensington Lakes Athletic Association’s West Division with Brighton and Howell, was first in the conference and placed first throughout all of Genesee County; all finishes it hopes to mirror this season.

The Bobcats have to deal with the loss of six seniors that graduated, five of which were members on the team that made it to states. All-State and All-American diver Jared Berger, swimmers JD Walker, Kay Whitmore and Max Whitmore and diver Tai Sims are among those that graduated.

A total of 15 newcomers to the program will look to fill in the voids and are led by senior Alex Levashkevich and freshmen Griffin Curtis and Nicholas Villarin. Key returning athletes include Jonah Curtis, who competed at the state level in the 200 IM and medley last season, Jarod Williams, who competed in the 200 free relay, medley relay and IM at last season’s state meet, and Michael Harding, Devon Bryant and Harrison Adams, among others. Harding joins Hunter Follis as the team’s captains.

“Our goal is to finish in the top five of the KLAA,” said coach Emily Overmyer, who enters her fifth season as the head coach after serving as an assistant for six years. This will be Grand Blanc’s last season in the KLAA before moving to the Saginaw Valley League in the fall.

Grand Blanc began its season on Tuesday and will travel to Waterford Mott High School next Saturday, Dec. 16.


The Bobcats outmatched host Heritage during their first meet of the season with a 106-79 victory on Tuesday. Grand Blanc started the meet out on a high note with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay as the team of Jonah Curtis, Devon Bryant, Harrison Adams and Jarod Williams finished in 1:44.8. Meanwhile, the team of Carson McDaniel, Alex Levashkevich, Gage Kosmanopolous and Max Schaffer placed third in 1:47.82.

Jonah Curtis saw the top-three a few more times on the day as he finished first in the 200 IM in 2:08.08 and first in the 100-backstroke in 56.80. Meanwhile, Griffin Curtis had a strong showing as well as he took second in the 200-freestyle in 1:53.86 and first in the 500-freestyle in 5:07.11.

Michael Harding finished second during the 100-freestyle in 52.58 and was third in the 200-freestyle in 1:54.33. In the 200 IM, Bryant finished third in 2:09.26. Williams and Schaffer placed second and third in the 50-freestyle in 23.96 and 24.22, respectively. Williams also secured a third-place finish in the 100-freestyle in 53.33. In the 100-butterfly, Adams was second in 58.26 while teammate Nicholas Villarin took third in 59.54.

The 200-freestyle relay saw the team of Tyler Mather, Villarin, Williams and Harding finish second in 1:37.05 while the team of Levashkevich, Bryant, Evan Peel and Adams was third in 1:39.

The Bobcats also took the top-three places in the 100-breaststroke as Levashkevich finished first in 1:07.42, Leif Massey was second in 1:10.03 and Mather was third in 1:10.65. In the 1-meter diving competition, Logan Martin-Nagy finished second with a final score of 123.2.

Grand Blanc will be in action again on Saturday, December 16, when it travels to Waterford Mott High School for the Warrior Relays.

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