Marian’s Schott is state’s fastest sprint freestyler

Marian’s Schott is state’s fastest sprint freestyler


Marian’s Schott is state’s fastest sprint freestyler


Marian junior Sophia Schott proved the state’s fastest swimmer with a personal-best time of 22.99 in winning the Division 2 50-yard freestyle. It was the best 50 free time of the three recent state championship meets.

Marian junior Sophia Schott proved the state’s fastest swimmer with a personal-best time of 22.99 in winning the Division 2 50-yard freestyle. It was the best 50 free time of the three recent state championship meets.

Just call her the state’s fastest freestyle swimmer.

Marian junior Sophia Schott captured the 50-yard freestyle at the Division 2 state meet Nov. 21 at Oakland University. Her personal-best winning time of 22.99 was the fastest 50 free swim of all three division state meets contested that weekend.

Grand Blanc junior Emma Curtis won D-1 in 23.07 and Hamilton’s Rileigh Eding took top honors in D-3 in 24.04. In fact, the last time any state-meet swimmer touched for a sub-23.0 50 free was 2008, when Holland standout Emily Bos won in 22.62.

Schott said she really wasn’t aware it was the state’s fastest swim until her mother sent her a Facebook MISCA listing detailing all the final swims.

“I knew I had a fast time, but it never really occurred to me right after the meet that it was the state’s fastest time in the 50 free,” said Schott, who was named to the 2015 Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Dream Team for her outstanding effort. “My mom sent me the list and then I realized it was something that I should be proud of and that it was a real big accomplishment.”

Ready to defend

Schott also raced to first in the 50 free at last year’s Division 2 state meet, in 23.66. She said the goal was to defend that title.

Schott had a strong effort at this year’s meet in the 100 free, as she placed second in 50.67 behind Dexter sophomore Annette Schultz (50.34). Schott was sixth in that event last year.

“I just wanted to go as fast as I could and, seeing my team cheering for me and supporting me the way they did, I knew if any time I could do it (go sub-23.0 50 free), it would be now,” Schott said. “I had so much support from my coach, my team and my family. I knew at states would be the time to do it if I could.

“Last year, coming into the (state) meet, I didn’t expect to get first. I knew I wanted to get first again this year and I knew I could do it. I knew it would be hard, but I really wanted to defend the (50 free title).

“I just wanted to go fast and my thought was to give it my all for that moment,” Schott added. “I was pretty happy with how I swam. I hit my goal and I had good competition. They were fun, good races. It was hard work and it was nice to get good times.”

Marian veteran head coach Bill Thompson marveled at Schott’s state-meet effort in all the races. She also helped Marian land runner-up finishes in both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

“As for Sophia’s 50 free win, that was a great race,” Thompson said. “Breaking the 23-second barrier for a high school girl here in Michigan is fairly rare, so that was fun to see. Sophia is a talented athlete who likes to race the 50 free.”

Marian places fourth

Marian, the 2014 Division 2 state champion, placed fourth overall with 214.50 points. Dexter won the hotly-contested meet with 256 points, closely followed by East Grand Rapids (251) and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (247). Seaholm was right behind Marian in fifth place with 193 points.

The Mustangs also had all-state individual efforts (top eight) from sophomore Lauren Biglin in the 200 free (1:54.11, fifth place) and the 500 free (5:04.60, third place) and junior Kailyn Swantek in the 50 free (23.77, fifth) and 100 free (52.79, tie for sixth).

Marian’s 200 free relay team consisted of junior Mary Kate Nodland, senior Christina Schott, Swantek and Sophie Schott. The 400 free quarter included Biglin, sophomore Gabby Granata, Swantek and Sophia Schott. Both relays also earned all-state honors.

“We were, of course, looking for another first-place finish,” the younger Schott said. “But we all were really proud of ourselves at the end of the meet and our team showed what we had.”

Thompson was happy with the way Marian competed this year. With a talented all-state group of returning swimmers, he expects another solid season in 2016.

“This year proved to again be very competitive and everyone knew going in that it was going to be a close (state) meet with six or seven teams right there in the mix,” said Thompson, who had a crew of 10 state-meet qualifiers. “We had eight top eight finishes and eight finishes in the consolation finals, so it was a great job by the team.

“We have eight of our 10 state qualifiers returning next season, plus several other athletes that were right on the borderline with respect to achieving their D-2 cuts,” he added. “So if we get good leadership and commitment in the non-high school season, we should be solid again next season.”

All-state swim standout

Sophia Schott is only a junior, but the speedy Bloomfield Hills Marian freestyler already is an 11-time all-state swimmer. Following is a list her all-state swims (top eight) in her three Division 2 state meets:


50 free (time)

100 free (time)

200 free relay

400 free relay


1st (22.99)

2nd (50.67)

2nd place

2nd place


1st (23.66)

6th (52.46)

1st place

1st place


6th (24.34)

1st place

5th place


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