Derek Maas Leads Holland West Ottawa to MHSAA D1 Title

2019 MHSAA Boys D1 State Meet

  • March 8th-9th
  • Holland Aquatic Center, Holland, MI
  • Short Course Yards
  • Results

TOP 5 TEAM STANDINGS

  1. Holland West Ottawa – 248
  2. Detroit Catholic Central – 240
  3. Hudsonville – 164
  4. Saline – 148
  5. Ann Arbor Skyline – 138

Holland West Ottawa held of Detroit Catholic Central for the team title at the MHSAA D1 State meet, winning the last event, the 400 free relay. The HWO team edged out DCC by just .06 seconds, touching in 3:05.84 to DCC’s 3:05.90.

The Holland West Ottawa boys also earned a dominant win in the 200 medley relay, where they clocked a 1:31.01 to win by nearly 4 seconds. Derek Maas was instrumental in that victory. Maas, an Alabama recruit, led off the relay in 22.25, far outsplitting the other backstrokers in the field. Maas had a great meet all-around, also splitting 44.99 on the previously mentioned 400 free relay. He also won the 200 IM and 100 fly. Maas blasted a 1:46.70 to win the 200 IM, touching as the only swimmer to break 1:50 in the field. He then went on to swim a 48.02 in the 100 fly, winning by over a second.

Henry Schutte (Forest Hills Central) won the 50 and 100 free. Schutte, a UVA recruit, posted a 20.46 to win the 50 after coming in 2nd in prelims. He then went on to swim a 44.82 in the 100, winning by over half a second.

There was a tight race in the 100 breast where Northville’s Travis Nitkiewicz came out on top. He touched in 55.27, but was followed very closely by Holland West Ottawa’s Khadin Soto (55.33). Hans Anderson (Livonia Stevenson) touched 3rd in 55.51, while Matthew Segal (Ann Arbor Pioneer) was 4th in 55.85. Segal, a sophomore, was the only non-senior of the top 4.

Other Event Winners:

  • Liam McDonnell won the 100 back in 50.19
  • Harrison-Farmington won the 200 free relay in 1:25.24
  • Hunter Gubeno won the 500 free in 4:31.39
  • William Henry Schirmer took diving with a score of 346.80
  • Hunter Gubeno won the 200 free, posting a 1:39.63

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MLAFORMAT

Worth mentioning freshman Kevin Maas anchored that West Ottawa medley relay in 20.9. Neither of his older brothers Derek and Kyle broke 23 freshman year, so it looks like Kevin will be a big swimmer in a couple of years. Also junior Mario McDonald went 20.3 in prelims of the 50, a 1.4 second drop from last year and a crazy 6 second drop from his freshman year.

SWIMFAN

Also worth mentioning that Mario McDonald out split D. Maas in the 400 freestyle relay McDonald (44.95) D. Maas (44.99). Not bad for someone who was a 56 in the 100 free his freshman year.

RTR

That’s a fantastic trajectory, with a world of continued upside. Mario, consider joining the sprint group at the University of Alabama!

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