FLINT TOWNSHIP — Last year Carman- Ainsworth/Flushing varsity boys’ swim and dive coach Kevin McGlashen had a roster that went 40-swimmers deep just as the team found itself losing 14 of its top athletes to graduation from a squad that won the Big Nine title.
This season, the turnover isn’t quite so drastic, but the Cavaliers still graduated some toplevel talent, including Eric Skaff.
One goal the team has set this season is grabbing the final conference championship before all four members of the Big Nine join the Saginaw Valley Association next year, and while Davison may still be trying to find itself under second-year head coach Jennifer Redumski, Powers regularly swims against the best teams in the state and has the chance to become something special almost every time out.
Highlights from last season for the Cavaliers include coming in third at the Genesee County Swim Meet on Jan. 20-22 with 254 points behind Grand Blanc and Brandon, at the end of January the squad won their league meet by blowing out Powers with 275 and Davison at 182 with a score of 551 and on Jan. 25 and 27 Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing faced Kearsley and Powers, respectively.
Last Saturday, Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing started the season at the 15-team Fenton Relays by placing sixth with 243 points behind Ann Arbor Skyline with 385, Hartland at 340, Howell with 308, Fenton at 258 and Haslett-A with 245. Coming in seventh was Berkely at 199, Powers was eight with 194, Milford and Lakeland were ninth and 10th at 182 and 175, respectively, and Bay City Western came in 11th with 164. Rounding out the scoring charts with 140 points was Holly, Davison had 120, Notre Dame Prep came in at 102 and Haslett-B grabbed the final spot with a mark of 39.
Starting off the day with an 11th-place showing in the 400 medley relay in 4:34.42 was Blake McDonald, Kent Crawley, Anthony Summers and Evan Snyder, in the 200 backstroke relay Mike Johns, Jake Ziaya, McDonald and Patrick Sharp finished fourth in 2:04.46 and in the 200 free relay Anthony Zofchak, Jordan Michael, Vinh Dang and Ziaya grabbed the third spot in 1:45.78. Coming in seventh for Carman-Ainsworth in the 400 IM relay at 4:44.75 was McDonald, Evan Snyder, Kent Crawley and Nick Price, posting in at 10:17.26 to swipe the 11th slot in the 850 crescendo relay was Kevin Borse, Casey McNally, Paul Lucky and Ziaya and taking 10th in the 800 free relay at 9:53.99 were McNally, Borse, Erick VanDuyne and Lucky.
The Cavaliers were fourth in the diving competition with a score of 244.3, taking third in the 200 breaststroke relay was Crawley, Price, Michael and Sharp in 2:13.2, Michael, Summers, Snyder and Mike Johns were sixth in the 400 free relay in 3:52.95 and in the 200 butterfly relay Kiran Vekaria, Dang, Jarron McAllister and Zofchak were ninth in 2:07.03. In the 200 medley relay Johns, Summers, Price and Sharp teamed up for a fifth-place finish in 1:57.07.
Carman-Ainsworth faced Swartz Creek on Tuesday, but results were not reported by press deadline.
The Cavaliers compete at home against Fenton on Tuesday before hosting Brighton on Dec. 19.