Lower Peninsula girls’ high school swim season is over and done with in the state of Michigan, which means the 2019 Dream Team can be revealed.
Yearly since 2008, the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association has named an all-state “Dream Team.” High school girls swimming in Michigan is broken into three different state championships, which means there’s potential for 27 separate individual state champions to be crowned.
Per the MISCA website, the Dream Team is made up of athletes from all three state meets and 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.
2019 Dream Team members and their teams and performances are listed below. Full Lower Peninsula state championships results: click for D1, D2, and D3. Girls’ and boys’ swimming for the Upper Peninsula is a winter sport.
|200 Free||Gwenyth Woodbury||1:49.07||Cranbrook Kingswood||3|
|200 IM||Kathryn Ackerman||1:57.61||Grand Haven||1|
|50 Free||Claire Newman||22.95||Midland Dow||2|
|100 Fly||Gracie Olsen||54.62||Fenton||2|
|100 Free||Greta Gidley||50.53||Mercy||1|
|500 Free||Lola Mull||4:55.02||Grand Ledge||1|
|100 Back||Justine Murdock||54.53||Cranbrook Kingswood||3|
|100 Breast||Claire Tuttle||1:00.79||Hudsonville||1|
|200 Medley Relay||Sara Kraus, Masy Folcik, Rachel Gamm, Ashley Lund||1:42.40||Rockford||1|
|200 Free Relay||Lily Cramer, Autumn Bullinger, Amelia Weyhing, Lucy Mehraban||1:34.75||Ann Arbor Pioneer||1|
|400 Free Relay||Lucy Mehraban, Vivian VanRenterghem, Holly Pringle, Lily Cramer||3:25.31||Ann Arbor Pioneer||1|
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. For example, Gracie Olsen had the fastest times across all divisions in both the 200 free and 100 fly, and Claire Tuttle had the fastest times across all divisions in both the 50 free and 100 breast. Three athletes repeated from last year: Kathryn Ackerman, Lola Mull and Claire Tuttle.