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Practice Makes Champion for Saline

Practice Makes Champion for Saline
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Saline swimming coach Todd Brunty often ends practice the same way, setting up a relay with the atmosphere of a race that would decide the outcome of a meet. Practice became reality Saturday afternoon at the Michael H. Jones Natatorium on the campus of Eastern Michiga...
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Last Year's Runners-Up Take Next Step

Last Year's Runners-Up Take Next Step
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Emily Converse, Gabby Higgins, Rileigh Eding and Riley Kishman all had a year to replay the races in their minds. A fraction of a second here, an extra lean there — that's all that stood between them and individual championships at the 2013 MHSAA Division 3 Lowe...
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Final Relay Win Gives Marian Team Title

Final Relay Win Gives Marian Team Title
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Heading into this year’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 Girls Swimming and Diving Finals, Bloomfield Hills Marian coach William Thompson expected a wide-open battle. He also expected the title to be decided in the final race.
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Preview: Final Salute to Speedy Seniors

Preview: Final Salute to Speedy Seniors
Thursday, November 20, 2014
The MHSAA will say good-bye to an accomplished group of seniors at this weekend's Lower Peninsula Swimming & Diving Finals. But not before giving that elite group a few more opportunities to add to their combined collection of 24 individual championships.
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#TBT: Brown Completes Diving 3-Peat

#TBT: Brown Completes Diving 3-Peat
Thursday, November 13, 2014
East Grand Rapids divers won seven championships and placed a number of others during the first 42 years of MHSAA Finals in the sport. The school will once again host one of nine Lower Peninsula Diving Regionals taking place this afternoon.   Few in MHSAA history ...
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#TBT: Groves Claims 1st Swim & Dive Title

#TBT: Groves Claims 1st Swim & Dive Title
Thursday, September 11, 2014
The 1987 and 1988 Lower Peninsula Class A Finals were two of the most closely-contested in MHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving history.  And after falling just short in 1987, Birmingham Groves edged the rest to win its first championship in the sport in 1988.
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Pioneer's Hills Leave 'Lasting Impression'

Pioneer's Hills Leave 'Lasting Impression'
Friday, April 25, 2014
More than 40 years coaching some of Michigan’s top high school athletes has earned Denny and Liz Hill thank-yous from a variety of sources now that they've announced their job is finally done. There are few who have helped push an entire sport, statewide, to an e...
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Redettes Make It 12 for 13 in 2014

Redettes Make It 12 for 13 in 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Coach Nate McFerrin had every reason to be excited after the Marquette girls gained their 12th Upper Peninsula swimming and diving title in 13 years Saturday. “I didn’t think the girls would do this well,” McFerrin said with a smile. “We thought...
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Mercy Regains Top Spot in Division 1

Mercy Regains Top Spot in Division 1
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The Marlins are back. Back on top. Farmington Hills Mercy reasserted its status as MHSAA champion by out-swimming the competition at the Lower Peninsula Division 1 Final on Saturday at Oakland University.
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Garcia, 'Perfect' Again, Keys Holland

Garcia, 'Perfect' Again, Keys Holland
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Holland High School junior Taylor Garcia had a perfect day Saturday at the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 girls swimming and diving championships. Again. One year after winning four titles (two individual and two relay), Garcia successfully defended all four champion...
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Another EGR Championship Unfolds in D3

Another EGR Championship Unfolds in D3
Saturday, November 23, 2013
East Grand Rapids' Emily Lundquist has dedicated more than 10 years to the pool. On Saturday afternoon, the perfect scenario unfolded to close out her high school career.
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Preview: Powers Seek Return to Podium

Preview: Powers Seek Return to Podium
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Farmington Hills Mercy and East Grand Rapids have spent their share of special moments atop the champions' podium at MHSAA Lower Peninsula Swimming & Diving Finals over the years.  They're favored to return this weekend after missing out on their familiar top ...
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Rally Champs 'Survive' Fun-Filled Forest

Rally Champs 'Survive' Fun-Filled Forest
Monday, August 19, 2013
As one of Michigan’s top high school swimming sprinters, Fenton senior Gabbi Haaraoja no doubt was in strong shape to start this summer. But she and her Tigers teammates made sure to prepare for this month’s preseason “survival trip” with plenty...
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Gremlin Girls Swim To U.P. Title

Gremlin Girls Swim To U.P. Title
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Many of the Houghton High School girls may be too young to remember when the Gremlins had last earned an Upper Peninsula swimming title. The Gremlins, however, created their own memories on Saturday as they gained their first title in 12 years with 339 points. They wer...
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No Fazing Holland in Repeat Run

No Fazing Holland in Repeat Run
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Holland High girls swimming and diving coach Don Kimble said his squad talked about it all year. “The second one is harder than the first one,” he said. “The second one, you’ve got a target on your back. Everybody’s looking for you. You so...
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Panthers Make History Close to Home

Panthers Make History Close to Home
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Senior Colleen Vande Poel did not realize at first the added significance of her Holland West Ottawa girls swimming & diving team’s achievement. Saturday's breakthrough went far beyond the pool for the Panthers. West Ottawa claimed its first team MHSAA champi...
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Holland Pushes Championship Streak to 2

Holland Pushes Championship Streak to 2
Saturday, November 17, 2012
After wading through three straight runner-up finishes before claiming its first MHSAA title last fall, Holland High won its second straight Lower Peninsula Division 2 girls swimming and diving championship Saturday at Oakland University. The Dutch won all three relays...
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Comerford, Cranes Repeat as D3 Champs

Comerford, Cranes Repeat as D3 Champs
Saturday, November 17, 2012
By the time she is finished with her high school career, perhaps Plainwell’s Mallory Comerford will be an MHSAA champion in all eight individual swimming races. Sounds a bit far-fetched to be sure. But after Comerford’s performance Saturday in the MHSAA...
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Finals Preview: Chasing the Champions

Finals Preview: Chasing the Champions
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Farmington Hills Mercy is expected to add to its girls swimming and diving dynasty this weekend. Holland and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood are predicted to take another step in building theirs.  All three reigning MHSAA Lower Peninsula champions are ranked ...
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Following in Her Sister's Wake

Following in Her Sister's Wake
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Morgan Bullock appreciates the opportunity she’d had to follow her older sister Jordan through the ranks of elite swimming. She watched the last four years as Jordan piled up five individual school records and a number of all-state finishes, and took note how ha...
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