Two State Records Fall As Pioneer Girls Repeat MHSAA Division I Title

2021 Girls MHSAA Division 1 Championships

The Pioneer High School (Ann Arbor) girls put on a dominant performance at the 2021 MHSAA Division I Championships over the weekend, winning their second consecutive state title and 18th overall.

Pioneer picked up five events wins for the meet, including a sweep of the relays.

While the Pioneers’ easily picked up the state tile, Plymouth senior Brady Kendall stole the show with a record-setting performance in the 100 butterfly.

Kendall blasted her way to a time of 53.35 in the event, breaking the state record of 53.73 set by Morgan Kraus in 2017. This was a repeat win for Kendall, who claimed the 2020 crown in 54.35 (also her previous best time before going 53.93 in the prelims).

Kendall, a Michigan commit, also repeated in the 50 free, clocking 22.63 to improve her previous best time of 22.98 set in winning last year.

In the 100 breaststroke, Stevenson junior McKenzie Siroky, who will be going to Minnesota Duluth to play hockey in the NCAA, set a new state record in the prelims, clocking 1:00.48 to erase the previous mark of 1:00.56 set by Miranda Tucker in 2014.

Siroky, who won the title last season in 1:01.45, successfully repeated in the final in a time of 1:00.85.

For Pioneer, senior Lily Cramer claimed the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:48.95, with teammate Vivian VanRenterghem, the defending champ, taking third in 1:50.51. Northville senior Laurel Wasiniak picked up second in 1:50.45.

Sophomore Stella Chapman kept the early momentum going for the Pioneers in the 200 IM, using a sub-30 backstroke split to claim the victory in a time of 2:01.98.

The defending champion in the 100 back, Chapman lost her title to Thornapple Kellogg senior Abby Marcukaitis, as Marcukaitis touched in 55.07 to Chapman’s 55.57.

Chapman swam the lead-off leg on the school’s winning 200 medley relay (1:44.16), and teamed up VanRenterghem, Holly Pringle and Cramer in the meet-ending 400 free relay (3:25.39). Cramer notably threw down a 50.28 anchor leg.

In the 200 free relay, Cramer led off in 23.52 as the Pioneers cruised to victory in 1:34.09.

OTHER WINNERS

  • 1-meter diving – Megan Jolly, Rockford, 419.20
  • 100 freestyle – Rosalee Springer, Grand Haven, 50.55
  • 500 freestyle – Victoria Schreiber, Brighton, 4:57.27

TOP 5 TEAM SCORES

  1. Ann Arbor Pioneer, 405.5
  2. Saline High School, 247.0
  3. Brighton High School, 217.5
  4. Grand Haven High School, 195.5
  5. Northville High School, 177.0

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MISwim
1 year ago

Lots of cdub in this write up!

Big Mac #1
Reply to  MISwim
1 year ago

Club wolverine swimmers won 4/8 individual swim golds and were a majority of all of pioneer’s winning relays so essentially 70% of golds were won by CW

Big Mac #1
Reply to  Big Mac #1
1 year ago

Or rather 64%

Big Mac #1
1 year ago

Pioneer be stacked, no cap

Shaddy419
1 year ago

This article neglects to mention that Siroky broke the state record in the prelims of the 100 breast

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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