Tecumseh sets school record at state meet with 9th place finish in 400-freestyle relay

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Tecumseh’s 400-yards freestyle relay team members, Bryan Hageman, Dylan Coleman, Matthew Haeussler and Brandon Russell, received their medals on top of the podium after winning the conciliation heat. The Indians placed ninth overall in the event with a new school record time of 3:18.65. Photo submitted.

A 16th place finish by Tecumseh’s varsity boys swim and dive team was highlighted with the Indians recording a new school record in the 400-freestyle relay at the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Division 3 state championships at the Holland Aquatic Center in Holland on Saturday, March 8.

Chelsea recorded its best finish ever with second place (273 points) behind Cranbrook Kingswood Men (297) with Bulldog coach Dave Jolly being named coach of the year. Adrian finished 19th (26 points) overall.

The Indians’ ninth place in the 400-yard freestyle was its best finish of the day with the team of Bryan Hageman, Dylan Coleman, Matthew Haeussler and Brandon Russell clocking in at 3:18.65 to set Tecumseh’s new school record in the event.

Haeussler is the only senior on the team. Tecumseh coach Deborah Wolfe-Followell said that Haeussler would be greatly missed for many reasons next year.

“Not only for his great swimming, but also the leadership he showed on the pool deck, in the community, and in the classroom,” she said. “We wish Matt the best of luck as he heads to University of Alabama for dual enrollment in Engineering and for getting his MBA, on a full ride academic scholarship!”

In every event the Indians participated in they recorded their best times or scores of the season.

Tecumseh’s Bryant Hagemann placed 11th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.01): Haeussler was 13th in the 200-yard Individual Medley (2:03.34) and 21st in the 100-yard butterfly (56.03); Jared Russell was 18th in the 200-yard Individual Medley (2:05.64); Colin Eberle was 14th in diving (329.20); Andrew Waite was 32nd in diving; Dylan Coleman was 30th in the 100-yard butterfly (57.52); Bryant Hagemann was 11th in the 500-yard freestyle (4:54.11); the 200-yard freestyle relay team (Dylan Coleman, Jacob Schaedler, Brandon Russell, Bryant Hagemann) was 23rd (1:33.66); and Jared Russell was 24th in the 100-yard backstroke (58.34).

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