State and Sectionals

Impressive Swims from Tridents Swimmers at the Michigan State Championships and Sectional Meet!


The Lakes Area Tridents Swimming club had an impressive showing in the recent championship meet season.  The Tridents were represented by three swimmers at the 12 and Under State Championships, 15 swimmers at the 13 and Over State Championships and six swimmers at the Speedo Championship Series Sectional Meet which was held in Indianapolis.


There were only three swimmers at the 12 and under State Meet which was held at Waterford Mott High School, but they were certainly noticed.  10 year old Emily Habian and 12 year olds Grace Collins and Mallory Buha swam exceptionally well!  They had 100% best times, even from prelim to final swims!


-          Emily Habian had a great first state meet and was first alternate (17th) on Friday in the 50 Free and also swam the 100 Back.  Saturday, she made the consolation finals in the 50 Backstroke and placed 10th! 

-          Grace Collins just missed on Friday (200 Breaststroke – 18th) and Saturday (100 Breaststroke) but came back on Sunday to make the consolation final in the 50 Breast and finished 12th!

-          Mallory Buha ended as the 2nd place high point winner for 11-12 girls.  She finished 2nd in three events (200 Fly, 100 IM and 400 IM) and was the Tridents first state champion finishing 1st in the 100 Back, 50 Back and 100 Butterfly.  In the process, Mallory achieved a Sectional qualifying time in the 100 Backstroke, making her only a handful of 12 year old swimmers that would be at the Sectional meet.


There were15 swimmers at the 13 and Over State Meet held in Jenison, Michigan and one of them even took home another individual state champion title in for the Tridents.  As a team, we finished tied for 15th with 310 points.  Individually, we had many outstanding performances with 27 finals swims.  Representing the 13-14 year olds were the following nine swimmers; Kara Berg, Serena Bian, Maranda Buha, Rachel Green, Kelsey Shurmur, Jordan Ewald, Neil Robinson and Simon Shanks.  Our “Open” swimmers were Meredith Cote, Shannon Pawloski, Madalyn Buha, Mallory Buha, Tyler Heitzeg and Nate Wagner.


-          Jordan Ewald was the first place finisher in the 100 Backstroke, becoming the second individual state champion in as many weeks for LATS with a time of 59.12.  The 13 year old swam four total events finishing in the top 16 in two events, also placing 4th in the 200 Backstroke and achieved her Sectional cuts in both backstroke events.  

-          Maranda Buha was 10th place in the 13-14 girls high point scores placing in the top 16 in all six of her events, three were in the top eight (200 Free 8th, 100 Fly 7th, 100 Free 4th).

-          Rachel Greenswam a total of five events and finished in the top 16 in one event and the top 8 in three (200 Free 6th, 50 Free 6th, 100 Free 7th).

-          Kelsey Shurmur, swimming five events, placed 7th in 200 Fly. 

-          Kara Berg, swimming three events, placed 8th place in her 50 freestyle, achieving her first Sectional cut.

-          Serena Bian, swimming a total of six events, dropped an impressive 5.08 in her 500 Free and 3.99 seconds in her 200 Free.  She also had an outstanding anchor leg on the 400 Free Relay.

-          Juliet Wu swam four events and dropped an impressive 2.22 in her 200 Free.

-          Neil Robinson had some tremendous time drops finishing in the top 16 in five of his six events.

-          Simon Shanks had time drops across the board and finished in the top 16 in the 1650 Freestyle.


The other six Tridents swimmers competed in the “Open” age group:

-          Meredith Cote swam five events placing 5th in the 400 IM, and top 16 in 100 Breaststroke, 200 IM and the 200 Breaststroke.

-         Shannon Pawloski swam the 200 Breaststroke.

-         Tyler Heitzeg swam 100 Breaststroke after having a breakthrough year with his high school team to qualify for the state meet.

-          Nate Wagner swam three events of which he placed in the top 16 in 50 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke.

-          Madalyn Buha swam in the 50 Freestyle plus relays.

-          Mallory Buha swam in five events, and even though she was a 12-year old competing in the open age group with 15-Over girls, she still held her own!


The Tridents had success with relays as well. 

The Open Girls 400 Free Relay was 16th (Jordan, Juliet, Kelsey, Madalyn).

The 13-14 girls had three top 8 relays.  The 400 Medley (Jordan, Serena, Maranda, Rachel) was 5th.  The 800 Free Relay (Maranda, Kara, Rachel, Serena) was 3rd.  And the last race for the Tridents in the meet was a 2nd place finish in the 400 Free Relay (Maranda, Kara, Rachel, Serena).


The Speedo Championship Series Sectional Meet had six Tridents swimmers attend: Becca Berman, Kacie VanBuskirk, Sarah Roeser, Jordan Ewald, Kara Berg and Mallory Buha.  Swimmers are allowed to swim the events they qualified for plus some bonus events, up to six total events.

-          Becca Berman qualified in six events and swam in six total events including the 400, 800 and 1500 Freestyle, the 100 and 200 Butterfly and the 400 IM.  She had the highest placing on the Tridents with a 4th place finish in the 1500 Freestyle.  She also finished 11th in the 800 Freestyle and 400 IM and 18th in the 200 Butterfly.  Her time of 17:32.43 in the 1500 Free was under the 2009 Winter Junior Nationals qualifying time.

-          Kacie VanBuskirk qualified in eight events and swam the maximum six events including the 200, 400 and 800 Freestyle, the 100 and 200 Butterfly and the 200 Backstroke.  Kacie finished 14th in the 800 Freestyle, 23rd in the 200 Backstroke, 16th in the 200 and 400 Freestyle.

-          Sarah Roeser qualified in the 50 and 100 Freestyle and swam those along with the 100 Backstroke.  Her highest finish was 37th in the 50 Freestyle.

-          Kara Berg , who qualified in the 50 Freestyle a few days before, swam the 50, 100 and 200 Freestyle events.  Her highest finish was 88th in the 50 Freestyle.

-          Jordan Ewald , who also qualified for this meet earlier in the week, swam the 100 and 200 Backstroke as well as the 100 and 200 Freestyle.  Jordan missed making it back for finals in the 200 Backstroke by .12 seconds, placing 25th.

-          Mallory Buha , one of only a few 12 year olds at the meet, qualified for the 100 Backstroke and also swam the 100 Butterfly, 200 IM and 200 Backstroke.  Her highest finish was 55th in the 100 Backstroke.


These three meets had several Personal Best Times, several new Zone and Sectional cuts and a pair of State Champions!  Congratulations to the swimmers and of course the Coaches for a great season!



Madi Sewell

edited by Mark VanderMey