With a tougher field than ever in the Division 2 state finals at Rochester, Katie Dudley had her work cut out for her to make all-state.
But the Okemos junior still managed to swim to that honor in two events. She came in sixth in the 200-yard freestyle and seventh in the 100 freestyle while helping the Chiefs finish 19th as a team.
“This year it got a lot harder because a lot of teams moved down from Division 1,” Dudley said. “I came in knowing that, and I did my best.”
She wasn’t the only Chief to earn all-state. Senior Carly Schaefer took sixth in diving three days after signing a national letter of intent to attend the University of Michigan.
The performances punctuated another strong season for Okemos, which earlier won the CAAC Blue meet to tie Grand Ledge for the league title.
“This year the team was mostly focused on winning the league meet,” Dudley said. “We’ve won the past 11 years, but this year we didn’t know if we would win.”
Some mid-Michigan area athletes also earned all-state in Division 3 at Ypsilanti.
Finishing highest among those girls was Brittany Penn of Williamston/Lansing Christian, who earned a second in diving with a score of 369.5.
DeWitt’s Rosalie Yockey finished in fourth place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56.75. The time for Yockey was her third school record of the season.
Just a junior, she is one of the many reasons the team is looking forward to building on this season.
“The whole group we took had just one senior,” said DeWitt coach Gregg Brace. “We’re pretty excited about our returning class.”
Meanwhile, Alma’s Lillian Vandemark made all-state in two events. She was seventh in the 200 individual medley and eighth in the 100 butterfly.
Alma as a team finished 13th in Division 3. DeWitt ended up in 22nd place, Haslett 34th and Ionia 40th.