Prep girls swimming, diving: Okemos' streak of titles on line

Prep girls swimming, diving: Okemos' streak of titles on line

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Prep girls swimming, diving: Okemos' streak of titles on line

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There will be a clash in the chlorine today when the girls swimming teams for Okemos and Grand Ledge take aim at each other.

The teams are both 3-0 in the CAAC Blue leading up to their 6 p.m. meet at Grand Ledge.

“We have the expectation that as far as scoring goes, we are going to be pretty equally matched,” Okemos head coach Patrick Saucedo said.

With half of the league title determined by dual meets, the battle between the only two undefeated teams left in the CAAC Blue will go a long way toward deciding the championship.

The Chiefs, who have won 11 straight league titles, once again boast some of the area’s top swimmers in sophomore Alexandria Chow and juniors Katherine Dudley and Grace Kao.

Dudley leads the mid-Michigan area honor roll in six events, including the 200 individual relay.

But Grand Ledge might be the deeper team this year. Led by juniors Rachael Charlow and Taylor Stensen, the Comets have several swimmers who can grab crucial points for finishing in third, fourth and fifth place.

“Okemos is going win their events,” Grand Ledge head coach Ian Townsend said. “We pride ourselves on being a really deep and complete team.”

A year ago, Grand Ledge lost to Okemos in their dual meet but won the conference meet. The Comets are hoping to take both this season.

“Okemos week is a big week for Grand Ledge,” Townsend said.

“They have been the gold standard for swimming for the last decade or so.”

For Okemos, Saucedo says he wants to make sure his team isn’t too fired up. Last season, the Chiefs lost a dual meet to Haslett because he says they were “too excited.”

To combat that this year, he’s tried to get his swimmers to go about their preparation like normal.

“It’s going to be a close meet, but we’re going to treat it like any other,” Saucedo said.

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