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South crushes the field at meet

South swimmers and coaches are all smiles after winning another MAC Red Division championship meet. photo by Renee Landuyt.

February 27, 2014
The Grosse Pointe South boys' swimming and diving team put another championship trophy in the case last weekend.

South won the Macomb Area Conference Red Division championship meet at its home pool, earning an amazing 438 points.

Macomb Dakota was second with 288 points, followed by Chippewa Valley with 195, Grosse Pointe North with 147 and Romeo with 141.

Head coach Eric Gunderson and the Blue Devils started the meet when the 200-yard medley relay team set a school, pool and conference record. Overall, the Blue Devils won 10 of the 12 events, set five conference records and three pool records.

This was South's 15th consecutive conference championship and Patrick Jackson earned the meet's most valuable player honor.

The Blue Devils' 200-medley team of Jackson, Jacob Montague, Devlin Francis and Nick Yoo turned in the pool-record time of 1:36.01.

North's team of Joseph Cobau, Matt Stander, John Cobau and Patrick Turnbull placed fourth with a time of 1:48.01.

South had the top three in the 200-yard freestyle, with Samual Wilkinson, Cam Francis and Patrick Waterston posting times of 1:51.77, 1:52.92 and 1:53.99, respectively, and North's top finisher was Danny MacAskill, who was fifth with a time of 1:58.33.

South's Montague had a pool-record time of 1:57.53 in the 200-yard individual medley prelims and he went on to win the event the following day, and North's John Cobau was 11th with a time of 2:24.25.

The Blue Devils had four of the top six in the 50-yard freestyle. Yoo won with a time of 21.94, while Jack Martin was third at 22.43.

North's Turnbull was fifth with a time of 23.38.

In the diving competition, the Blue Devils' Erik Romer and Eric Addy placed first and second with 389.05 and 385.70 points, and North's duo of William McNelis and Duncan MacAskill placed third and fifth with times of 342.75 and 327.30 points.

The Blue Devils' Jackson, Yoo and Robby Koueiter swept the 100-yard butterfly, posting times of 52.33, 53.34 and 56.35, and John Cobau won the B final with a time of 59.53.

Martin won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.12 and Devlin Francis was second at 49.18.

South's Waterston was fifth with a time of 51.78 and North's Turnbull placed eighth with a time of 52.93.

One of the two events South didn't win was the 500-yard freeestyle. Wilkinson was second with a time of 5:00.67, and Cam Francis was third at 5:06.33.

North's Danny MacAskill was fourth with a time of 5:18.43.

The Blue Devils rebounded to win the 200-yard freestyle relay with Waterston, Wilkinson, Cam Francis and Martin posting a time of 1:33.25, and North's foursome of A.J. Owens, Graham Eger, Danny MacAskill and Turnbull took fourth with a time of 1:37.06.

South's Jackson set a conference record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.51.

North did not have a competitor in the top 12.

The other event South didn't win was the 100-yard breaststroke. Koueiter was third and Due fifth with times of 1:04.49 and 1:09.66, respectively.

North's Stander was eighth with a time of 1:10.67.

In the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, South's Yoo, Martin, Jackson and Montague easily won with a time of 3:13.92.

North's Owens, Eger, Joseph Cobau and Danny MacAskill placed fifth with a time of 1:50.89.

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