MACOMB COUNTY — After demolishing the rest of the field at the final Big Nine boys’ varsity swim and dive meet on Feb. 23 at Flint Kearsley hosted by Davison, next up for the Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing co-op squad was a trip to diving regional No. 2-1 at Macomb-L’Anse Creuse North on March 6. In turn, this put all the focus on Brian Mendoza because he was the only member of the team to qualify for the event, and even though this put him up against some of the finest talent these 28 schools have to offer, the Cavalier was still able to finish in 20th place.
Also competing at that regional was Grand Blanc, Lapeer East/West, Kearsley/Clio, Lake Orion and Clarkston along side squads including Warren-Mott, Warren-Cousino, Waterford Kettering, West Bloomfield, Saginaw Arthur Hill, Saginaw Heritage, Romeo, Roseville, Sterling Heights-Utica Ford II, Sterling Heights, Utica Stevenson, Shelby Township, Utica Eisenhower, Utica, Rochester Hills-Rochester, Rochester Hills-Stoney Creek, Port Huron Northern and Macomb-Dakota.
As for the Div. 1 Michigan High School Athletic Association state championships that took place last weekend at Eastern Michigan University, it was South Lyon’s Dan Gironza who won the diving title with a finals score of 466.25, followed by teammate Brendan O’Shea in second place with 412.4 points.
Even though Mendoza did not qualify for the state meet, next year the Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing boys’ varsity swim and dive team will begin its first season as a member of the Saginaw Valley Association, as will the rest of the Big Nine, which includes Flint- Powers and Davison.