Portz Breaks Two Records, Skyline Wins Michigan D1 High School State

Senior Katie Portz won four events and broke two state records to lead the girls of Ann Arbor Skyline to the Michigan Division 1 High School State title.

Full results

Portz’s individual record came in the 100 free, where she went 49.34 to break her own Division 1 state mark from 2013. She topped the field by more than a second and a half.

She also won the 200 free in what was arguably a more impressive swim – her 1:46.84 came just six tenths off of breaking the Division 1 and All-Class records held by Olympic champion Allison Schmitt.

Portz anchored both Ann Arbor Skyline free relays. Her 22.76 led the 200 free relay and she was 48.94 on the end of the 400, which broke an 8-year-old Division 1 state record.

Emma Cleason, Emily Lock and Georgia Mosher headed up the first three legs of that relay, which went 3:24.56. The 200 free relay was made up of Maddie McAdams, Locke and Kaelan Oldani and went 1:35.67, three tenths off the division state record as well.

Mosher and Cleason each added individual titles for Skyline, Mosher in the 500 free (4:54.65) and Cleason in the 200 IM (2:01.51).

The other state record of the day went to Farmington Hills Mercy’s 200 medley relay. Opening the session, Farmington Hills got a 25.95 from backstrokers Katie Minnich and a 24.69 from butterflyer Alaina Skellett to go 1:44.44 and break the Division 1 record. Allison Lobbia and Annette Dombkowski headed up the breast and free legs for the team, which beat Skyline by a full second.

Minnich returned to win the 100 back late in 54.67. That was just a half-second off another state record.

Other event winners:

  • Grand Blanc junior Emma Curtis took the 50 free in 23.07, beating the field by seven tenths of a second.
  • Saline’s Cam McPherson won 1-meter diving with a score of 487.15. That’s just two points off an all-class state record.
  • Zeeland senior Morgan Bullock went 54.42 to win the 100 fly.
  • Rockford’s Sydney McDowell rounded out the individual winners, taking the 100 breast in 1:03.84.

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5 years ago

Portz was even a little bit faster in the 200 (though not in the 100) at the MAC Red meet 2 weeks ago. I believe she went 1:46.4. Texas A&M is getting a swimmer on the rise. From the MHSAA website:

“It also helped that Skyline had senior Katie Portz to rely on. A senior who has committed to swim collegiately at Texas A&M, Portz was named the swimmer of the meet by the coaches association for her performance.”

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