By MICKEY ALVARADO
Eight of Tecumseh’s varsity girls swimmers have qualified to advance to state competition after finishing the regular season at the Southern Michigan Independent Swim League Championships at Milan on Saturday, Nov. 14.
The Indians sent two divers to the regional competition on Tuesday and hope to send them to the state meet as well.
Tecumseh (515) placed third at the championships while Bedford (681) won the title. Milan (517) finished second and Adrian (343) was fourth.
“We knew it was going to be close,” said Tecumseh coach Sarah Eubanks. “We did a few different things: mix up our relays a little bit just to give some kids some different things to swim. That was the choice we made and that’s how it ended up.”
Allie Merritt was second for Tecumseh in the 100-backstroke (1:6.9) and third in the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.9). She was also a member of Tecumseh’s third place 200-medley relay team with teammates Kaitlyn VanDeCar, Gretchen Seidel and Chelsea Shartle (2:01.04).
Freshman Rachel Waite was second in the 200-yard IM (2:17.87) and third in the 100-yard freestyle (56.58). Tecumseh finished 3-4-5 in the 100-yard freestyle with Danielle Sloan (57.06) and Diana Brown (57.44) following right behind Waite.
Seidel also placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:14.33).
Marissa Martin was also a top three finisher for the Indians with a second place showing in the diving event on Friday. She scored 285 points while teammate Alisha Payne scored 256.30 for fourth. The two were to represent Tecumseh at Eastern Michigan University in the Regional meet.
The Indians finished second at the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 7 in Dexter.
Tecumseh’s state participants include swimmers (l-r) Nicole Greene, Claire McCrate, Allie Merritt, Diana Brown, Gretchen Seidel, Rachel Waite, Chelsea Shartle and Danielle Sloan. Two divers, Marissa Martin and Alisha Payne, may also attend. PHOTO SUBMITTED