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Clarkston Girls Swim and Dive team. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
September 04, 2013 - The Clarkston Girls Swim and Dive team opened the season ruling the pool as they took first place at the Waterford Relay Meet at Waterford Mott High School, Aug. 24.

They scored 442 points, the most out of seven teams. They finished first in six relays and first in the synchronized diving competition, scoring 40 points.

"It was pretty exciting," said Coach Kenwyn Chock. "It was a great way to kick off the season."

Finishing in first place: Ceren Ege, Sami Stelpflug, Natalie Vela and Kathryn Culver in the 400-yard medley relay, 4:10.93, and the 800-yard medley relay, 8:51.03;

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Vela, Delaney Brown, Deanna Cumming, Kelsey Gilbert, 400-yard butterfly relay, 4:37.92; Stelpflug, Kiley Ferer, CJ Hughes, Kirkland Maguire, 400-yard breaststroke relay, 5:03.38; Megan Stelpflug, Barnes, Gilbert and Ege, 400-yard freestyle relay, 3:36.31;

Gilbert, Megan, Barnes, and Seguin, 850-yard freestyle relay, 9:06.83; Culver, Barnes, Megan, Hughes, 800-yard freestyle relay, 8:13.59.

"There were a lot of strong performances from everyone," added Dan McGinty, diving coach.

Oldman, Ferer, Maguire and Brown took second place in the 200-yard medley at 2:07.01 as Ashley Locher, Rebecca Didion, Sivhaun Sera and Jessica Moster, 200-yard freestyle divers and two relay, 2:10.88.

The 400-yard backstroke relay team finished third with Hughes, Seguin, Stauffer and Oldman, 4:34.17 as Kathryn Rogowski, Bridget McGinty, Locher and Kirkland finished fourth in the 8x50-yard freestyle relay.

The 2013 team has 34 Lady Wolves on the roster each bringing years of experience to the largest team since the program was established. Nine on the team are divers. Many are returning from last year when their finished in third place in the OAA and ninth at the Division 1 Girls Swim and Dive State Finals.

The team won their meet against Grand Blanc on Aug. 27, 127-59, and against Avondale on Aug. 29, 147-37.

They head to Lake Orion on Thursday, 6 p.m. and Birmingham Seaholm on Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Look for more about the Lady Wolves in their season preview in an upcoming edition of The Clarkston News.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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