MACOMB COUNTY — The competition is going to be heated when the Carman- Ainsworth/Flushing varsity boys’ swim and dive team takes the pool at Macomb-L’Anse Creuse North regional No. 2-1 on March 6, mainly because the field is 29- teams deep.
While the Cavaliers at least have the good fortune of entering this challenge with a rather healthy roster thanks to their co-op status, three other squads in this pack can also claim that same advantage, making the presence of thirdranked Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice that much more daunting. As the number six team in the state according to the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association as of Feb. 16, Troy is another school that could emerge from this pack standing tall, but the presence of honorable mention teams like Lake Orion, Saginaw-Heritage and Clarkston can’t be overlooked, either.
If Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing is going to make enough waves to support an appearance at the state meet on March 9-10 at Eastern Michigan University one name that might make its way to the forefront is Evan Snyder. He won the 200 free in 2:04.74 and the 500 free in 5:38.49 in a 97-77 victory over Big Nine rival Davison at Flint Kearsley on Feb. 9. As for the shorter races, after placing first in the 50 free in 23.47 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.48 in a 100- 80 home victory against Royal Oak on Feb. 2, Pat Sharp could also become something of a force for the Cavs in the postseason, a quality the team hopes to find in divers Brian Mendoza and Chris Michael, as well.
In preparation for the season-ending league meet hosted by Davison at Flint Kearsley today Carman-Ainsworth hosted Flint Powers last Thursday as Snyder and Jake Ziaya finished first and third in the 200 free with times of 2:02.21 and 2:07.34, respectively.
As for the 200 medley relay, Tyler Pangerl, Sharp, Mike Johns and Nick Price were second for the Cavs in 1:51.48 and placing fourth in 2:02.16 was Kiran Vakaria, Kent Crawley, Anthony Summers and Austin Bower. Grabbing the second spot in the 200 IM for Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing was Price at 2:27.01 and Pangerl was third in 2:32.00, Sharp won the 50 free in 23.09 and Johns was runner up in 24.19. Swiping the top two spots in the diving competition was Mendoza with 195.5 points and Michael had a score of 148.55.
In the 100 fly, Johns and Summers took the second and third slots for the Cavs by clocking in at 59.19 and 1:01.91, Borse was second in the 100 free in 57.22 and Pangerl came in third in the 100 backstroke touching the wall in 1:08.05. The 200 free relay proved to be more of the same for Carman- Ainsworth/Flushing with Sharp, Jordan Michael, Borse and Johns winning in 1:37.22 and coming in third in 1:46.34 was Austin Bower, Vihn Dang, Ziaya and Anthony Zofchak. In the 400 free relay, Ziaya, Borse, Snyder and Price were victorious in 3:47.43 and Paul Lucky, Erick Vanduyne, Bower and Zofchak followed close behind in 3:55.89.
Once again, Snyder came through for the Cavs in the 500 free finishing second with a mark of 5:39.21 and Ziaya was third in 5:42.35. In the 100 breaststroke, it was Price and Sharp that ended the event in the second and third positions with showings of 1:07.18 and 1:12.77.