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November 22, 2012
Grosse Pointe South's girls' swimming and diving team took home a trophy after finishing third in last weekend's Division 2 state championship meet at Oakland University.

Defending champ Holland won again, finishing with 311.5 points, while Ann Arbor Skyline was second with 255.5 and South was third with 190.

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Head coach Eric Gunderson said his Blue Devils had a great chance to earn a trophy by placing in the top four and he was right.

They scored points in nearly every event, including sophomore Catie DeLoof, who was the state champion in the 50-yard freestyle, posting a time of 23.66.

Catie DeLoof also anchored the Blue Devils' silver medal 200-yard medley relay team. Freshman Claire Young, junior Gabby DeLoof, freshman Jennifer Maiorana and Catie DeLoof had a time of 1:45.83 to finish second to Holland.

Junior Cassandra Morse was 16th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.26,

In the 200-yard individual medley, Gabby DeLoof was third with a time of 2:06.45 and Young was ninth with a time of 2:09.22.

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The Blue Devils had three other competitors in the 50-yard freestyle. Sophomore Amy Krausmann was 20th with a time of 25.13, Maiorana was 23rd with a time of 25.29 and junior Katie Graham was 29th with a time of 25.61.

Senior Aubryn Samaroo made the semifinals in diving, taking 19th place with 234.95 points, and Maiorana had a solid showing in the 100-yard butterfly, taking seventh with a time of 58.57.

Crowley was 16th in the butterfly with a time of 1:00.72 and Graham placed 41st with a time of 1:05.22.

Catie DeLoof added to her medal total, taking second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.86. She was just .12 away from Holland's Holly Morren. Morse was 13th with a time of 54.13.

The Blue Devils did not score a point in the 500-yard freestyle, but they roared back to grab a 10th place in the 200-yard freestyle relay as their all-underclassmen foursome of Morse, Graham, Crowley and Krausmann posted a time of 1:40.39.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Gabby DeLoof was second with a time of 56.38 and Young was sixth with a time of 57.70. Freshman Jackie DeLoof was 39th in the same event with a time of 1:03.26.

In the final individual event, the 100-yard breaststroke, sophomore Grace Perri was 24th with a time of 1:10.27 and senior Ellen Neveux was 35th with a time of 1:11.30. Senior Scarlet Cockell also competed and placed 45th with a time of 1:13.53.

The Blue Devils took third place in the state championship meet's final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay as Gabby DeLoof, Morse, Marioana and Catie DeLoof had a time of 3:30.32.

Ironicly, the finish in this event was Holland, first, followed by Skyline and South. It was just like the final team placement.

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