Okemos leads the league after a 98-88 win over Grand Ledge on Jan. 23, but the teams will share the title if the Comets win and the Chiefs take second on Saturday.
“(The league title) is a goal we set the beginning of the year,” Grand Ledge coach Ian Townsend said. “The Grand Ledge boys have never won any part of the CAAC league title, and it’s a chance for these guys to be a part of something special.”
When Okemos hosted Grand Ledge in the dual meet, the Chiefs were able to use a strategy that won’t decide who will win Saturday’s meet.
“Whoever has the most guys in the top eight will win,” Okemos coach Patrick Saucedo said. “It will be about whoever swims best in the prelims (starting at 6 p.m.) on Friday and maintains their spots (in the 2 p.m. finals) on Saturday. Basically, whoever swims the fastest will win the meet.”
The league meet begins with diving preliminaries at 6 p.m. today.
“It looks like it’s going to be very close once again, and it will come down to close races,” Townsend said. “It should be pretty exciting. We’ll swim as fast as we can on Friday, and then we’ll go from there.”
Outside the race for first place, it is expected that Haslett (4-2-1) and host East Lansing (3-4) will be locked in a tight race for third place, while St. Johns (4-2-1) and DeWitt (2-5) will likely battle for fifth place.