The Okemos Chiefs claimed a share of the CAAC Blue swimming title after edging Grand Ledge by 7.5 points at the conference meet on Saturday.
The victory extends the Chiefs’ run of excellence in the CAAC Blue.
The team has now won 12 straight league titles.
This year’s title run was not as easy as it had been in the past.
“I was enjoying it knowing that it would be close the whole way because it brings out the best in everyone, including my girls,” said Okemos coach Patrick Saucedo.
With its second place finish, Grand Ledge hung on for a share of the title due to winning the dual meet portion of the season.
Had the Comets finished any lower, the outright title would have belonged to Okemos.
“We’re disappointed because we came here to win,” said Grand Ledge coach Ian Townsend. “It’s been a great season, though. We’ve had a lot of fun.”
Despite the slim overall margin, Okemos dominated the top slots of each race en route to 362.5 points. The Chiefs won seven of the 12 events on Saturday.
Winning two of those events was Katie Dudley, who set pool records at East Lansing High School in the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle.
The race of the day, though, came from her teammate, Grace Kao. In the 100-yard backstroke, she set a conference record with a time of 59.53.
“We didn’t have one bad swim today,” Saucedo said. “That’s just a credit to them and the work they put in.”
Okemos was forced to win the conference meet to extend its title streak after it fell to Grand Ledge in a dual meet, 99-86, on Sept. 27.
While the Chiefs lost that day, their head coach saw something in defeat.
“I told the girls after, ‘This team that swam against Grand Ledge tonight is going to win the league meet,'” Saucedo said.
And that’s exactly what they did.