Canton’s serious depth continues to be tantamount to success, with the latest example Thursday’s 100-85 victory over visiting Plymouth.
The Chiefs collected 57 personal best times as they improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the KLAA South Division.
“The entire team came together to earn the win for us,” Canton varsity girls swim coach Ed Weber said. “We only had one event in which we earned the sixth place finish.”
Senior Claire Green was a catalyst with firsts in two events including a personal best time in the 200 freestyle.
Personal bests also were registered by junior Adrienne Paton (200 IM, 100 backstroke), junior Rachel McGue (100 free), sophomore Lauren Phillips (100 back) and junior Stephanie Cox, who placed third in her diving debut with 111.30 points.
Plymouth diving standout Megan McKeehan garnered first in that event (197.55 points), with the Wildcats’ Beth Henderson second (117.25).
Canton continued to score multiple events per race, such as in the 50 free. Although Plymouth’s Caylin Waters won that event with a time of 26.95 seconds, the Chiefs garnered the next three places with senior Jocelyn Moraw (27.05) in second.
Finishing 3-4 were freshman Kristen Wiseman (27.63) and junior Madelaine Brownley (28.53).
It was a similar story in the 100 butterfly, with juniors Emily Osika (1:02.32), Brenna Wayne (1:11.55) and Emily Downs (1:11.93) finishing 1-3-4 with Plymouth’s Kathryn Waters second (1:04.01).
Weber cited the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke as two other events featuring Canton’s depth.
“Claire Green, Sydney Darnall and Courtney Smith grouped together to take the lead in the meet by a 1-2-3 sweep in the 500,” Weber said.
Green captured first with a 5:29.24 mark, followed by junior Darnall (6:03.61) and senior Smith (6:09.99) with Plymouth’s Sarah Haggitt fourth (6:56.03).
Sealing the team’s win with “great times in the 100 breaststroke” were senior Emily Hugan (first, 1:13.03), McGue (second, 1:18.13) and junior Madelaine Brownley (fifth, 1:25.74).
Plymouth took the 3-4 spots in that race, with Isabella Giacobone and Sruthi Sundar finishing with respective times of 1:23.29 and 1:23.43.
The Wildcats did take the top spot in two of the three relays.
In the meet-opening 200 yard medley relay, Plymouth senior Alexa Earls, junior Allison Lennig, sophomore Kathryn Waters and senior Caylin Waters prevailed in 1:58.59.
That same quartet took first in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:53.51.
Other individual event winners for the Wildcats included Lennig (200 IM, 2:21.30; 100 free, 55.76) and Earls (100 backstroke, 1:01.89).
Canton also won the 200 free relay. Wiseman, Smith, Moraw and Green did the job with a time of 1:50.99.
Also victorious Thursday was Salem, earning a 105-81 win over South Lyon East in a KLAA Central matchup.
“It was a great team win,” Rocks head coach Chuck Olson said. “A great team effort with lots of first places. Katie Xu got her D1 state cut in the IM.”
Xu did so with a time of 2:13.93, to finish first in the 200 IM.
Salem got the meet off to a big start with the 200 medley relay team of Molly Rowe, Lisa Zhang, Xu and Jenna Chen taking the top spot (1:55.89).
Linda Zhang took first in the 200 free with her time of 1:59.15 ahead of teammate Stephanie Solterman (second, 2:04.81).
The Rocks kept the ball rolling with wins by Xu (200 IM) and Lisa Zhang (50 free, 25.40).
In the 100 butterfly, Linda Zhang garnered the top place with a time of 1:00.82) while Lisa Zhang won in the 100 free (55.57).
Distance standout Patricia Freitag then won in the 500 freestyle, with her 5:27.29 comfortably ahead of South Lyon’s Emily Kososki (5:31.28).
Rowe and Xu finished on top in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke with respective times of 1:02.83 and 1:11.14.
Salem won all three relays.
In the 200 free relay, the tandem of Xu, Freitag, Solterman and Linda Zhang prevailed with a time of 1:43.60.
And it was more of the same in the victorious 400 free relay (3:46.23). Teaming up were Lisa Zhang, Freitag, Solterman and Linda Zhang.
With the win, Salem improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the division.