In a battle between the top two swim teams in the CAAC Blue, Okemos proved too much for Grand Ledge in a 107-78 victory on Thursday night.
Both teams entered the meet with a 3-0 conference record, but Okemos left no doubters as to who the top team in the conference is.
“Okemos is the runaway leader in the league this year, and we’re just trying to hang on for second,” Grand Ledge coach Ian Townsend said.
The Chiefs won seven of the 12 events and picked up crucial second- and third-place finishes due to their superior depth.
For Okemos, it was a meet to see how it would fair in areas it doesn’t generally focus on.
“We were looking to see how well we could race against Grand Ledge in some secondary events,” Okemos coach Patrick Saucedo said.
The best swimmer in the pool on Thursday was Okemos senior Adam Marsh. He took first in the 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relay.
Marsh is one of the reasons why Okemos is set up well for the stretch run of the season.
“I think we can go out and win the league, and I think we can do really well in the state meet,” Marsh said.
The day’s top race came in the 100-yard backstroke. Okemos freshman Thomas Rachman took first with a time of 1:01.32. He edged out Grand Ledge senior Greg DeWitt by 0.21 seconds.
But overall, there weren’t many close wins for Okemos, whose biggest test likely won’t come until March.
“They’ve all done a nice job as far as working hard,” Saucedo said. “We’re about where we need to be right now.”