Boys Varsity Swimming · Boys Varsity Swimming finishes 1st place at 2019 Boys SVL Championship

  Place Points
Grand Blanc High School 1st 1114
H.H. Dow High School 2nd 1055
Heritage High School 3rd 636
Bay City Western High School 4th 470
Davison High School 5th 256
Bay City Central High School 6th 248
Midland High School 7th 245
John Glenn High School (Bangor) 8th 230
Lapeer High School 9th 195
Powers Catholic High School 10th 168
Carman-Ainsworth High School 11th 87

The Grand Blanc Boys Swimming and Diving team had an exciting first season in the Saginaw Valley League. The SVL Championship took place last Thursday and Saturday. After thrilling competition with the Dow Chargers, the Bobcats surprised everyone by breaking Dow’s 16-year winning streak and taking home the SVL title.

The Bobcats went into the SVL Championship Prelims ranked 2nd behind the Dow Chargers, who were favored to win by over 80 points. After years of similar competition in the KLAA, GB knew they could make up ground if they swam fast enough and performed strong enough. Prelims began with diving where the Bobcats’ Logan Martin-Nagy put himself in a strong 5th place seed for Finals.
The swimming competition began with the 200 Medley Relay. The GB A and B relays swam side by side, both dropping a tremendous amount of time. The A relay team of Jonah Curtis, Devon Bryant, Harrison Adams, and Jarod Williams set the tone for the Bobcats, bettering their State qualifying time and taking the top seed for Finals on Saturday.
The team went on to have 83% personal best times, qualified 53 of 71 swims for Finals, 26 of which made the Championship Final. GB also gained two State qualifying times and bettered two State qualifying times. Devon Bryant set a new Varsity record in the 100 Breast with a time of 59.87. By the end of Prelims, GB had closed the 80-point gap and made up ground. Dow went into Finals with a three-point favored advantage.

At Finals, energy was high and both teams were ready to battle. In the Medley Relay, the Bobcats came in ranked first and were leading most of the race, but the Dow Chargers came from behind and touched out the Bobcats by a tenth of a second. Next, in the 200 Freestyle, Dow took first and second over the Bobcats’ Devon Bryant, Mason Harding, and Wyatt Halstead. The Chargers were swimming strong and in high spirits, but the Bobcats were swimming just as strong and would not give up or be defeated. In the 200 IM, GB Senior Captain Jonah Curtis was seeded second behind Dow’s Collin Che. The two had a tough race, going back and forth, but Curtis pulled away at the finish to win by under half a second followed by teammates Harrison Adams and Gage Kosmanopoulos taking fourth and fifth.
From that moment on, the Bobcats kept pushing forward with 73% of their races dropping even more time from Prelims and improving five of their State qualifications. Throughout the meet, the team focused on supporting each other and doing their best in their events and did not pay attention to the score. Most of Grand Blanc’s strength over Dow came towards the end of the meet with Jonah Curtis winning the 100 Back and the Bobcats outscoring Dow by 27 points overall in backstroke. The Championship Final in the 100 Breast consisted of only GB and Dow swimmers, four from each team and GB dominated the heat finishing first, second, fourth, and sixth.
After the 100 Breast, Grand Blanc had gained a large enough lead that they did not need to score in the 400 Free Relay to win the meet, but the team was unaware and wanted to have a clean, strong relay swim. The relay team of Youssef Mohamed, Carson McDaniel, Max Schaffer, and Mason Harding was seeded third behind Dow and the Heritage Hawks. The team swam fast while making sure they had clean relay starts and was trailing both Dow and Heritage. Then Bobcat relay anchor, Freshman Mason Harding chased down the Heritage anchor swimming five seconds faster to touch out the Hawks and take 2nd, increasing the Bobcats win to 59 points over the Dow Chargers.

200 Medley Relay – 2nd 1:37.62 Jonah Curtis, Devon Bryant, Harrison Adams, Jarod Williams
200 Freestyle –
Championship Final
3rd 1:47.86 Devon Bryant
4th 1:48.42 Mason Harding
6th 1:51.21 Wyatt Halstead
Consolation Final
10th 1:54.94 Tyler Wright
16th 1:59.07 Carson Powers
Bonus Heat
19th 1:59.13 Collin Alward
22nd 2:03.05 Noah Campioni
200 IM –
Championship Final
1st 1:57.44 Jonah Curtis
4th 2:06.27 Harrison Adams
5th 2:09.74 Gage Kosmanopoulos
Consolation Final
12th 2:18.51 Reed Bearden
50 Freestyle –
Championship Final
4th 22.25 Max Shaffer
6th 22.35 Jarod Williams
8th 22.74 Youssef Mohamed
Consolation Final
12th 23.22 Nikko Villarin
13th 23.46 Liam Mackie
Bonus Heat
20th 24.45 Sam Rensberger
21st 24.50 Nolan Kildee
Diving – 6th 269.30 Logan Martin Nagy
100 Fly –
Championship Final
3rd 54.36 Harrison Adams
5th 55.67 Youssef Mohamed
6th 56.81 Nikko Villarin
8th 59.06 Liam Mackie
Consolation Final
9th 59.32 Jacob Whitmore
12th 1:00.83 Tyler Mather
Bonus Heat
17th 1:01.63 Gavin Neifert
19th 1:03.08 Jonathan Carlson
100 Free –
Championship Final
2nd 47.71 Mason Harding
6th 49.99 Jarod Williams
Consolation Final
12th 51.14 Carson McDaniel
15th 53.77 Collin Alward
Bonus Heat
18th 53.13 Garren Cooper
21st 56.00 Nolan Kildee
22nd 56.46 JP Dykman
500 Free –
Championship Final
2nd 5:09.79 Tyler Wright
4th 5:14.23 Wyatt Halstead
7th 5:19.48 Reed Bearden
Consolation Final
11th 5:24.81 Carson Powers
Bonus Heat
18th 5:41.61 Sam Corder
20th 5:43.44 Noah Campioni
21st 5:49.66 Camden Cortright
200 Free Relay – 2nd 1:29.01 Jarod Williams, Jonah Curtis, Youssef Mohamed, Mason Harding
100 Back –
Championship Final
1st 52.86 Jonah Curtis
3rd 56.69 Carson McDaniel
5th 57.93 Jacob Whitmore
Consolation Final
10th 1:01.32 Gavin Neifert
15th 1:05.98 Rohun Sharman
100 Breast –
Championship Final
1st 1:00.10 Devon Bryant
2nd 1:01.49 Max Schaffer
4th 1:03.88 Tyler Mather
6th 1:04.56 Gage Kosmanopoulos
Consolation Final
15th 1:11.37 Hunter Mather
Bonus Heat
18th 1:10.53 Sam Corder
19th 1:12.37 Brennan Cumby
400 Free Relay – 2nd 3:21.14 Youssef Mohamed, Carson McDaniel, Max Schaffer, Mason Harding

1st Team All-Conference
Jonah Curtis
Devon Bryant
Mason Harding
Max Schaffer
Harrison Adams
Wyatt Halstead
Gage Kosmanopoulos

2nd Team All-Conference
Jarod Williams
Youssef Mohamed
Jacob Whitmore
Tyler Wright
Carson McDaniel
Tyler Mather
Nikko Villarin
Reed Bearden

Honorable Mention
Liam Mackie