Grand Ledge is in a place it has never been before.
For the first time since the CAAC was formed, it is the Comets, and not Okemos, who have won the dual meet portion of the Blue girls swimming season.
“We’re not quite the hunters anymore,” said Grand Ledge coach Ian Townsend. “We’re the hunted.”
The CAAC Blue title will be decided when East Lansing hosts the league meet on Friday with 6 p.m. prelims and on Saturday with 2 p.m. finals.
Grand Ledge comes in with the upper hand due to wins in all seven of its CAAC Blue dual meets. A 99-86 win over Okemos on Sept. 27 gave the Comets the edge and the Chiefs their only league loss.
Juniors Rachael Charlow and Taylor Stensen lead the Comets, who are in the midst of one of their best seasons.
If Grand Ledge wins the league meet, it wins the CAAC Blue. If Okemos wins and Grand Ledge finishes second, the two teams are co-champions. The Chiefs have the title to themselves if they win, and Grand Ledge finishes third or lower.
Okemos boasts some of the top swimmers in the area with juniors Katherine Dudley, Emily Wozena and Grace Kao and sophomore Alexandria Chow.
A win for Okemos at the league meet would give the team its 12th straight league title.
“The championship format definitely favors us a little bit,” said Okemos coach Patrick Saucedo. “All three of our relays have done well this year. We’re definitely going to take our points on that.”
But it is Grand Ledge that is in the driver’s seat and is looking to finish the job.
“We put ourselves in position to where we wanted to be,” Townsend said. “Hopefully we swim well enough to accomplish it.”