BY DAN STICKRADT
ROCHESTER HILLS — Last season Lauren Reedy finished near the bottom of the diving competition of the Division 1 state finals. This season, the Rochester junior made a quantum leap to the top 10.
Reedy finished seventh in the one-meter diving out of a field of over 35 divers at Saturday’s Lower Peninsula Division 1 state finals, scoring 389.50 points in the 11-dive event.
“Last year I was 36th, and I think that was dead last,” recalled Reedy. “:This year I worked out 4-5 days a week in the off-season to get better. I really worked hard, because I wanted to do a lot better than last year.”
While Reedy was one of several individuals from the www.northoaklandsports.com, four local schools cracked the scoring column at the D-1 finals. Clarkston was the highest ranking local team with 53 points. Lake Orion claimed 18th with 38 points, while Rochester Stoney Creek was 23rd (23) and Rochester placed 31st (12).
Saline won the team title with 307 points, well ahead of runner-up Holland West Ottawa’s 221 points. Birmingham Marian was third with 194 points, while South Lyon Unified (190.5) and Ann Arbor Huron (172) rounded out the top five.
Clarkston freshman Sami Stelpflug wrapped up a fine debut campaign after finishing second in the 200 IM (2:03.98) and second in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.30) to lead the Wolves. Classmate Kathryn Culver placed sixth in the 50 free (24.37), and 11th in the 100 free (53.26) to account for Clarkston’s other points.
Annie Jongekrijg was fourth in the 100 free (52.27) and eighth in the 100 backstroke (59.62) to lead Lake Orion. Courtney McClear was seventh in the 200 IM (2:11.74) for the Dragons.
Stoney Creek’s Hannah Lee placed 12th in the 100 free (53.48), helping the Cougars score in three events.
The unit of Knapp, Carson Burt, Becca Ashburn and Rachel Watton finished 12th in the 200 free (1:41.84). Knapp, Burt and Watton teamed up with Sydney Schurig joined forces to finish 13th (3:40.16).
At the Division 2 state finals at Eastern Michigan, Rochester Adams finished 17th (28) and Oxford 24th (2).
While Adams has had numerous top-20 finishes over the years, this is Oxford’s first-ever year where the Wildcats scoffed points at the state finals. Freshman Haley Kornburger was 15th at the state finals in the 100 butterfly (1:00.69) to break down the barrier.
Adams finished 14th in the 200 medley relay (1:54.68), with the unit of Kristin Finney, Hanna Hunstad, Gabrielle Thivierge and Bianca Tiberio comprising that group. Keegan McCaffrey was 10th in the diving (329.5), while Tiberio claimed 12th in the 100 butterfly (59.9) and Thivierge placed 13th in the 500 free (5:12.39).
“Last season I didn’t do so well (at the state meet),” said McCaffrey. “this year I did much better. I worked so hard to get to this (point). This year I wanted to place at states and I was able to do that.”