East Grand Rapids Girls Reclaim MHSAA Division 3 State Championship Crown
2021 MHSAA D3 State Championships
After missing the pandemic-delayed championship meeting in January, the girls from East Grand Rapids High School regained their rightful place at the top of the MHSAA Division 3 State Championship on Saturday, dominating the meeting with 444 points.
These are five straight titles for East Grand Rapids in the fixtures they competed in, having also won in 2016, 2018 and 2019 while winning the D2 in 2017. It is also her 24th title in school history.
Last year’s winner, Cranbrook Kingswood, was third with 165.5 points, while Bloomfield Hills Marian was second with 193.
East Grand Rapids swept the relays en route to the championship, adding single wins for the seniors Sophie Williams in the 100 backstroke and the second year Ava Jendritz when diving 1 meter.
Williams won a razor-thin race in a time of 58.19, ousting Tecumsehs Amelia Danley (58,23), since the top five were all less than six tenths apart.
In the diving event, Jendritz achieved a final score of 449.80 and led the field with more than 20 points.
At the beginning of the final session, Williams led EGR’s 200 medley relay in 27.08 when they won with almost two seconds in 1: 47.25 with other seniors Barbara Bart provides a fast 23.94 anchor leg in freestyle.
In the 200th free season it was Bart (24.48), Greta Milnes (24.00), Norah Murphy (24.00) and freshmen Katie Simon (23.94) roll in 1: 36.20 to victory during the 400 free seasons of Allison Alguire (53.53), Milnes (52.08), Williams (53.31) and Simon (52.22) led the field with over three seconds in 3: 31.14.
Two swimmers managed to sweep their individual competitions as Plainwell senior Riley Nugent and Bloomfield Hills Marian senior Julia Guardian combined to sweep the freestyle events.
Nugent led the first single event of the day in the 200 free races with a time of 1: 52.83 and led EGRs Milnes (1: 53.66). Nugent, who has pledged to swim for James Madison University next season, then completed the Grand Slam, if you will, in the 500-free round and won the event for the fourth time in a row from 5.04.35 a.m.
Waechter, a Miami (OH) dedicated woman, won the first two state titles of her career in the 50 free (23.74) and 100 free (51.06), with Simons notably finishing second in the 100 in the first year of EGR . occupied (51.94).
Grosse Point Liggett Sr. Ginger McMahon was another top performer who won the 100 breast for the second time in a row in a time of 1: 04.85 while finishing second in the 100 fly. EGR’s Bart in particular was runner-up in the 100 chest in 1: 05.41.
In 100 Fly, Flat Rock High School sophomore Lauren McNamara First place in a time of 56.23, followed by McMahon (57.66).
At the start of the meeting, Standish Sterling Central newbie Scarlet House won a close race in the 200 IM with a time of 2:08:36 and ousted Tecumseh senior Linda Hensley (2: 08.43) and Bloomfield Hills Marian Junior Rachel Bello (2: 08.80).
TOP 5 TEAM POINTS
- East Grand Rapids, 444.0
- Bloomfield Hills Marian, 193.0
- Cranbrook Kingswood, 165.5
- Holland Christian, 144.0
- Allegan High School, 117.0