Congratulations to the DLS Swim Team! The Pilots took second at the State Division 2 Swimming and Diving Championships held March 11-12 at Saginaw Valley State University, scoring 266 points, and garnering 13 All-State Medals. First-place Dexter had 284 points. Meet story The win capped off an outstanding season for the Pilots, who took their fourth consecutive Macomb County Championship, and only had losses to Dexter, their Division 2 rival, and one-point loss to CHSL rivals Brother Rice, who took the Division 1 championship.
Senior PJ Desmet finished his high school career with two All-American Swims (200 medley relay and 400 free relay). PJ is a 9-time All-Stater (200 Medley Relay 2015 and 2016, 400 Free Relay 2015 and 2016, 100 Backstroke 2014, 2015, and 2016, 100 Butterfly 2015 and 2016). PJ has achieved ALL-STATE more times than anyone in the history of De La Salle.
Senior Jack Kucharczyk finished his high school career with 8 All STATE medals (200 Medley Relay 2015 and 2016, 400 Free Relay 2015 and 2016, 100 Breaststroke and 200 IM 2015 and 2016).
Results of each event, with Coach Jim Singelyn’s comments:
200 Medley Relay State Champions The team of Seniors PJ Desmet (BK) Jack Kucharczyk (BR) Mitch Livingston (FL) and Sophomore Zach Milke (FR) became the 1st Swimming State Champions in School History, breaking their own school record with an ALL AMERICAN time of 1:33.83. The previous time by the same four was 1:36.00. at the CHSL Championships on March 5. The State Medley Record is 1:32.46 This was the 7th fastest time in state finals.
200 Individual Medley saw all five Pilots make it back into the Top 16. In the “B” final, Junior Jake Huttenlocher and Senior Nick Scott finished 13 & 14th respectively. The “A” final saw three Pilots scoring earning All STATE. Senior Jack Kucharczyk 2nd place, Junior Josh Hodges 4th, and Sophomore Zach Milke 8th.
The 100 Butterfly showcased the determination of Senior PJ Desmet as he became the Pilots’ first Individual State Swimming Champion in School History by winning the event. PJ broke his own school record with a time of 51.00. Josh Hodges joined PJ in the “A” final becoming ALL STATE for the second time by finishing 6th. Nick Scott had a personal best time in the “B” final as well, finishing 11th.
PJ first broke the fly record his sophomore year, and has continued to break the record.
100 FREE Senior Nolan Kroha had a personal best time in the “B” final finishing 13th. He had been seeded 16th after Friday’s preliminaries.
500 Freestyle showcased the sheer will power of Sophomore Daniel Frederick. Daniel seems to show up at the right moments and isn’t afraid to race anyone. Daniel shaved three seconds off his personal best time moving him to 4th place which is another ALL STATE performance.
200 Freestyle Relay team of Seniors Kroha, Livingston, Isaiah Johnson and Hodges dropped in for yet another ALL STATE Performance and new Varsity Record with a time of 1:28.38. The old record was set last year by David Ackley (’15), Livingston, Johnson, and Hodges.
100 Backstroke would boast two more ALL STATE performances out of PJ Desmet and Zach Milke finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Desmet’s time of 51.68 broke his own school record. PJ first broke the DLS backstroke record sophomore year.
100 Breaststroke would bring two more ALL STATE swims out of Jack Kucharczyk and Jake Huttenlocher. Jack would rebreak his own school record from junior year with a time of 57.52 Jack finished 3rd and Jake finished 7th.
400 Free Relay the team of Milke, Hodges, Kucharczyk and Desmet would finish 3rd with an ALL AMERICAN time of 3:08.65. This time crushed the boys’ previous school record which the same four boys set at the CHSL Championships on March 5.
1st Swimming All Americans since Coach Jim Singelyn did it in ’88, ’89, and ’90.