Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Close victory

by Bob St. John

October 04, 2012

Grosse Pointe South’s girls’ swimming and diving team edged Utica Eisenhower 94-92 last week, improving to 3-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and 6-1 overall.The Blue Devils won the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay as Aubrey Leggat, Meg Phillips, Katie Graham and Cassandra Morse posted a time of 2:03.34.Jordan Kavanaugh and Carly Hampton placed second and third in the 200-yard freestyle, turning in times of 2:08.24 and 2:14.20.The Blue Devils took third, fourth and fifth in the 200-yard individual medley with Jackie DeLoof posting a time of 2:27.14, followed by Grace Perri at 2:32.99 and Molly Walsh at 2:41.82, respectively.In the 50-yard freestyle, Olivia Frederickson and Kate Van Pelt finished first and second with times of 27.26 and 27.51, and the Blue Devils’ duo of Aubryn Samaroo and Elizabeth Clevenger took first and second in diving with 193.80 and 156.80 points, respectively.Mary Kucharski and Leggat placed third and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with times of 1:11.28 and 1:14.29, and Morse won the 100-yard freestyle, turning in a time of 57.47.Graham and Mackenzie Stapleton took second and third in the 500-yard freestyle, swimming times of 5:38.60 and 5:51.73, and head coach Eric Gunderson watched the foursome of Van Pelt, Morse, Hampton and Graham win the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:48.07.The Blue Devils took second, third and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with Becky Weiland, Caroline Hall and Jennifer Vermet posting times of 1:09.55, 1:10.16 and 1:10.58, respectively.In the 100-yard breaststroke, Kavanaugh and Lilly Cusumano took third and fourth with times of 1:16.86 and 1:17.08 in the final individual event.The final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, was won by Eisenhower to make the final score close, but not close enough as Van Pelt, Graham, Morse and Kavanaugh placed second with a time of 4:02.48 to secure the win for the Blue Devils.