Boys swimming brings stellar season to a close


Parker Shope is hard to catch as he blades through the 100 Y breaststroke.

Musa Bukhari, Staff Reporter

The Woodhaven Warriors Swim and Dive team dominated the competition with eight wins and two losses. The boys finished 3rd in the Downriver Classic with 2nd in the league overall.
These groups of seniors have been crushing the competition since freshman year and are leading the newer kids to do better.
Parker Shope was the district leader overall for the team and broke the scoreboard altogether. He was the League Champion 50 free/100 free/400 Free Relay. Shope was the league champion in the 100 freestyle, and 50 freestyle qualified for states this year. Shope also broke the varsity record in the 50 free. Ian Wolney, James Talbott, and Justin Slumski took first place with Shope.
Diver John Martin qualified for states where he placed in the final round with 11th place overall in the state. Martin says of his experience making it to state, “Learning that sometimes there is a thrill of success and the agony of defeat. The support from other athletes and coaches from all around the state”. Martin broke all the varsity diving records.
Isaac Perez and Jason Sax were all-league champions out of the twenty-four swimmers.
The team doesn’t only win in the pool; this group of young men excels in the classroom first. The team boasts an overall GPA of 3.48 with many MISCA/MISCA Academic Award Recipients.
Coach Kelly led the team and motivated the swimmers and divers. Kelly reflects on his overall experience this season for swimming: “I’ve always enjoyed giving back to a sport that has given me so much in return. I want to congratulate the boys on their 2nd place finish in the league. The winter season is a long one, and I want to thank the swimmers and divers for their time and dedication. Their hard work allowed them to show a lot of improvement at the end of the season.”