MLive guide to 2022 MHSAA boys swimming state finals

The 2022 Michigan high school boys swimming state finals will hit three venues in the Lower Peninsula this weekend, with teams vying for the championships.

Doors open for spectators at 9:30 am Friday and Saturday at the Holland Aquatic Center for Division 1, Oakland University for Division 2 and Calvin University for Division 3. Friday’s swimming preliminaries begin at noon, with diving preliminaries at 3:30 pm

The finals at all sites begin at noon Saturday.

To livestream the preliminaries or finals, click on the MHSAA Swimming livestream link.

Tickets are available at all sites through GoFan and cost $11 per day. Facemasks are required at Oakland, but optional at Holland and Calvin.

Division 1

Teams to watch

Ann Arbor Pioneer is the defending champion and is considered a favorite to repeat. But there are plenty of teams chasing Pioneer, including a Holland West Ottawa program that has finished first or second in the last three Division 1 finals. Other teams to watch including Northville, Saline and Hudsonville.

Swimmers to watch

Matt Adanin of Saline is part of a 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relay teams that won state titles in 2021 and is also a contender in the 200 freestyle, where he finished third last year.

Ryan Hume of Ann Arbor Pioneer is the defending state champion in the 200 individual medley and the top seed entering the even this year. Hume, who finished second in the 500 freestyle last year, is the top seed going into Friday’s events. Hume also swims on Pioneer’s 200 freestyle relay, and 400 freestyle relay, which are both top seeds.

Kevin Maas, Holland West Ottawa is the defending 500 freestyle champ and is the No. 2 seed behind Burks Sanches from Ann Arbor Pioneer. Maas is also the No. 2 seed in the 100 freestyle and part of the West Ottawa 200 freestyle relay team that is defending its state title. He is the No. 2 seed in the 100 breaststroke.

Fletcher Smith of Hudsonville is the defending 100 butterfly state champ but is only the third seed this week, with Ann Arbor Pioneer’s Robert Yang the top seed.

Jack VanHowe of Rochester finished second in the 100 freestyle last year and is the No. 3 seed this year, behind top seed Jack Wilkening of Ann Arbor Pioneer. VanHowe is also the defending champion and top seed in the 100 backstroke.

Joshua Brunty of Saline finished second in the 100 breaststroke last year but enters the meet as the No. 1 seed.

Division 2

Teams to watch

Birmingham Seaholm broke Dexter’s four-year grip on the state title and enters the 2022 meet as a contender, with Ann Arbor Skyline and 2021 runner-up Grosse Pointe South expected to battle for the title. Other top teams include UD-Jesuit, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, Birmingham Groves, Rochester Adams and Jenison.

Swimmers to watch

Evan McKelvey of Ann Arbor Skyline is the top seed in the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle, along with being part of Skyline’s top-seeded 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Drew Collins of UD-Jesuit is the defending 100 backstroke state champion and is seeded second this season behind teammate Christian Bouchillon. Both are on Jesuit’s 200 medley relay team, which is the defending state champion.

Gianni Carlino of Grosse Pointe North was the top long-distance swimmer last year and remains the top seed this year. Carlino won the state title in the 500 freestyle in 4 minutes, 32.94 seconds. This season, his top time is 4:39.51.

Michael Grover of Byron Center is the favorite to repeat as a state champion in the 100 breaststroke after winning in :55.39 in 2021. He remains the top seed after a :56.08 this season.

Division 3

Teams to watch

After finishing second in four consecutive seasons, East Grand Rapids broke through in 2021 with a state title, ending a two-year title run for Holland Christian. The two teams again expect to compete at the top of the team scoring list, along with Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, Grand Rapids Christian and Pinkney.

Players to watch

Ethan Schwab of Cranbrook-Kingswood returns after helping the 200 medley relay team earn a state title in 2021. Schwab is also the top seed in the 100 breaststroke.

Andrew Dobrzanski of Milan is the top seed in the 200 freestyle after winning the 200 individual medley state title last season. He is also the No. 2 seed in the 100 breaststroke.

Charles Brown of Spring Lake finished second in the 50 freestyle last season and is the top seed going into the state meet.

Charley Bayer of East Grand Rapids claimed a state title in diving last season and remains the No. 1 seed this season.

Tyler Ray of Pinckney won the 100 butterfly in 2021 in :49.23 and remains the top seed this year with a top time of :48.89. Ray also finished second last season in the 100 backstroke, but heads into the tournament as the No. 1 seed this year.

Ben Sytsma, a sophomore from Grand Rapids Christian, is the top seed in the 100 freestyle with a time of :46.41 this season. Sytsma also swims legs on Christian’s top-seeded 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle teams.

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