Boys Varsity Swimming · Dow swimmers finish second at Pangborn Invitational


UNIVERSITY CENTER — Led by a pair of first-place finishes from Nehemiah Mork, Dow High finished as the runner-up at its own eight-team Pangborn Invitational swim meet on Tuesday at Saginaw Valley State University.

One of two teams to score more than 400 points, the Chargers totaled 400.50. Dexter won the meet with a score of 470. Dexter is No. 1 and Dow is No. 6 in Division 2.

“They’re ahead of us at this point, there’s no question about it,” said Dow coach Gary Strickler of Dexter. “We’re trying to build our program around competing against the best teams in the state so that we can be where we want to be by the end of the year.”

Mork won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle first divisions, taking the 50 in 21.85 and the 100 in 47.68. He was part of second-place finishes for Dow in both the 200 medley relay first division and the 200 freestyle relay first division.

The team of Mork, Lucas Braganca, Jacob Krzciok and Ben Brandstadt completed the 200 free relay in 1:31.72. Joining Mork on the 200 medley relay were Alex Owens, Noah Behm and Krzciok, who swam a time of 1:41.21.

Hunter Grannum took the diving title for the Chargers, scoring a 269.75, while Naoki Kihata won the 100 backstroke fourth division in 1:05.11, Steve Xu won the 100 back third division in 59.81, and Gage Bunker took the 100 butterfly third division in 58.76.

“Our highlights were Hunter Grannum continuing to do very well in diving and Nehemiah Mork winning two individual events,” said Strickler.

Dow also notched wins in the 200 medley relay fourth division, 200 medley relay third division, and 200 free relay fourth division. Joey Park, Jonathan Gorman, Gage Bunker and Christian Beneke swam the 200 medley relay fourth division in 1:56.43; Xu, Chris Ludington, Kevin White and Drew Hirselj finished the 200 medley relay third division in 1:49.32; and Xu, Aidan Saggers, Daniel Haines and Jonathon Harkness completed the 200 free relay fourth division in 1:48.83.

“We were missing Nick Pixton, which hurt us, because at this meet everyone scores,” said Strickler. “He’s our first division guy, and if he’d have been present, the meet would’ve been very close.”

Earning second-place Dow finishes were Ludington in the 200 free third division (2:01.29) and 500 free third division (5:37.84), Krzciok in the 200 individual medley second division (2:06.10) and 100 free second division (51.57), Xu in the 100 fly fourth division (1:00.87), Braganca in the 100 free fourth division (57.15), Bunker in the 500 free fourth division (5:22.34), Gorman in the 100 breaststroke fourth division (1:12.05), Brandstadt in the 100 breast second division (1:06.01), and Behm in the 100 breast first division (1:03.66).

Taking runner-up in the relays for the Chargers were the team of Zach Fewkes, Ben Newman, Brandstadt and Braganca in the 200 medley relay second division in 1:49.47, while Grant Ostergaard, Gorman, Kihata and Park swam the 200 free relay third division in 1:41.82. Beau Matthews, Beneke, Newman and Hirselj were second in 1:39.51 in the 200 free relay second division, while Haines, Ostergaard, Hans Dehn and Nick Konovalenko placed second in the 400 free relay fourth division in 4:08.07, and Kihata, Saggers, Beneke and Park were second in the 400 free relay third division in 3:57.45.

Finishing third for Dow were Park in the 200 free fourth division (2:05.23), Kevin White in the 200 free first division (1:54.93) and 500 free first division (5:15.23), Hirselj in the 200 IM fourth division (2:28.89), Fewkes in the 200 IM third division (2:16.58) and 100 back second division (1:01.48), Beneke in the 50 free fourth division (25.97), Braganca in the 50 free second division (24.07), and Owens in the 100 fly second division (1:00.72).

Other third-place finishes by the Chargers came from Matthews in the 500 free second division (5:35.47), and their 400 free relay second division group of Owens, Ludington, Hirselj and Bunker in 3:47.25.

The Chargers travel to Bay City Central on Thursday.