Michigan High School Boy’s 2018 “Dream Team” Revealed

With four divisions of high school competition, meaning four different state championships and 36 separate individual state champions (potentially), the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (MISCA) has a lot to consider when compiling its annual “Dream Team.”

Per MISCA’s website, the selection process for the Dream Team is based on the following criteria:

  • The fastest state meet performance in each event at finals; relay lead off times are considered.
  • An athlete may only receive the honor in 1 individual event. If an athlete has multiple #1 performances the runner-up performances in each event are factored in. The better of the runner-up swims is chosen based on the NISCA Power Point scores.
  • If there is a tie in the relays both teams will be chosen.
  • If there is an individual tie and neither swimmer is #1 in another event both swimmers will be chosen.

Now that boy’s high school swim season has wrapped in the Mitten, the 2018 Dream Team has been revealed. Its members and their teams and performances are listed below. Results for all Lower Peninsula state championships–D1, D2, and D3–and the Upper Peninsula state championships* are also linked.

Event Swimmer Time School Division
200 Medley Relay Mass, Barrios,
Langdon, Soto
1:31.91 Holland West Ottowa D1
200 Freestyle Skyler Cook-Weeks 1:37.27 Holland Christian D3
200 IM David Cleason 1:49.81 Ann Arbor Skyline D1
50 Freestyle Christian Bart 20.31 East Grand Rapids D3
1 Meter Diving Henry Schirmer 503.85 Ann Arbor Skyline D1
100 Butterfly Alex Margherio 48.43 Birmingham Brother Rice D1
100 Freestyle Henry Schutte 44.16 Grand Rapids
Forest Hills Central
D1
500 Freestyle Alexander Capizzo 4:27.48 Fraser D2
200 Freestyle Relay Mass, Barrios,
Boersema, Smith
1:24.54 Holland West Ottowa D1
100 Backstroke Ian MisKelley 49.05 Holland Christian D3
100 Breaststroke Michael MacGillivray 55.01 Ann Arbor Skyline D1
400 Freestyle Relay Heeres, VanMeter,
Mason, Cook-Weeks
3:04.52 Holland Christian D3

*Girl’s high school swimming is a fall sport in Michigan; however, in the Upper Peninsula (UP), boy’s and girl’s seasons are both winter sports. UP State championship results can be found here.

Because the Dream Team must include a different swimmer for each individual event, MISCA had to decide which events to favor for its double individual state champions.

Skyler Cook-Weeks, for example, swam the fastest 200 freestyle and the fastest 500 freestyle across all divisions, posting times of 1:37.27 and 4:25.84, respectively. MISCA favored Cook-Weeks in the 200, however, and drafted Division 2 state champion Alexander Capizzo for the 500, though Capizzo’s 500 (4:27.84) was exactly 2 seconds behind Cook-Weeks’s. Capizzo, on the other hand, was also Division 2 champion in the 200 IM with a 1:50.42. A second table with each draftee and their individual wins and times is below for comparison.

Swimmer Drafted Event Place Second Event Place Division
Skyler Cook-Weeks 200 Freestyle – 1:37.27 1 500 Freestyle – 4:25.84 1 D3
David Cleason 200 IM – 1:49.81 1 500 Freestyle – 4:30.50 1 D1
Christian Bart 50 Freestyle – 20.31 1 100 Breaststroke – 56.07 1 D3
Alex Margherio 100 Butterfly – 48.34 1 50 Freestyle – 21.68 8 D1
Henry Schutte 100 Freestyle – 44.16 1 50 Freestyle – 20.04 1 D1
Alexander Capizzo 500 Freestyle – 4:27.84 1 200 IM – 1:50.42 1 D2
Ian MisKelley 100 Backstroke – 49.05 1 200 IM – 1:49.58 1 D3
Michael MacGillivray 100 Breaststroke – 55.01 1 200 IM – 1:50.27 2 D1

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Shelly Askew

YEA!! GREAT JOB!

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Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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