Waite named SMISL ‘Swimmer of Meet’

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Tecumseh had eight swimmers and a diver qualify for the Division 3 state meet. Pictured are, row one (l-r), Mackenzie Foss, Jennifer Gozdor and Elizabeth Becker. Row two, Karly Smith, Nicole Greene, Rachel Waite, Nicole Collins and Kelsey Smith. Not pictured is diver Sarah Kelly. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Two gold and three bronze medals hung from Tecumseh senior swimmer Rachel Waite’s neck after the Southern Michigan Independent Swim League (SMISL) championships and in her hands was the prestigious Swimmer of the Meet trophy.

Tecumseh placed fifth as hosts of the meet on Saturday, Nov. 10, with a score of 201 points while Milan was first with 505. Bedford finished second (411) while Adrian was third (391.5). Chelsea (243) and Monroe (199.5) rounded out the competing teams.

Rachel Waite placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a new Tecumseh Community Pool record time of 1:08.03. Bedford’s Tara Vermandere was second in 1:11.72.

Waite also placed first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:13.13 ahead of Milan’s runner up Megan Harvey (2:22.94).

Nicole Greene was Tecumseh’s only other top three placer with a third place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.80.

Greene also placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.18.

The Indians’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Waite, Greene, Karly Smith and Elizabeth Becker, placed fourth with a time of 1:47.99.

Adrian had just one first place finish with Jennifer Wagley touching the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.84. She also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.89).

Victoria Mueller placed second in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.89) for Adrian.

The Maples’ 200-yard medley relay team (Sarah Norton, Wagley, Hannah Barr, Emily Goodson) placed second in 1:54.67.

Adrian’s 400-yard freestyle relay (Wagley, Carolyn Roberts, Norton, Goodson) placed second in 3:50.27.

Goodson also placed third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.01 while Jenna Moreno placed third in the 100-yard butterfly (1:904.84) for the Maples.

The Indians are sending eight swimmers and one diver to the Division 3 state meet at Oakland University on November 16-17. Last year Tecumseh placed 12th at the event. Waite led Tecumseh with a fourth place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.90).

Junior diver Sarah Kelley competed in regional competition on Tuesday and placed sixth. She placed 20th at state last season.

The Indians are sending seniors Waite, Greene, Nicole Collins, Karly Smith and Kelsey Smith and juniors Jennifer Gozdor, Mackenzie Foss and Elizabeth Becker.

Tecumseh has qualified both sprint relay teams (200 medley relay, 200-freestyle relay) and Waite (200 IM, 100 breast) and Greene (100 free, 100 back) have qualified in individual events.

“Depending how that plays out, we could do better than last year,” said coach Sarah Eubanks. She expected Waite to be ranked in the top three on Wednesday, in both of her events and Green to be inside the top 15 in both of her events.

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