Powers Catholic erased records, won 2 of 3 relays, captured 6 first place finishes, and earned state cuts on their way to a strong 3rd place finish in the Genesee County Championship Meet.
The day started with Powers Catholic, seeded 4th in the 200 Yard Medley Relay, upsetting perennial power houses Grand Blanc and Fenton. The tone was set with Senior captains Trevor Purman (FLY) and Cooper Prue (Breaststroke) leading the first place charge, complimented by Sophomores Griffin Seifert (Back) and Murphy Prue (Freestyle). FPC narrowly out touched Grand Blanc to not only win, but achieved a state cut time of 1:41.65.
Senior John Bade followed up by dropping 2 seconds in the 200 Freestyle to earn 14th. Junior Chris Dabish swam strong in the challenging 200IM to capture 16th. Murphy Prue sprinted to a best time 2nd place in the 50 Freestyle.
Plenty of Chargers qualified for the final day of 100 FLY. Cooper Prue broke the Fenton pool and meet record (52.37), to win first place by 4 seconds. Junior Sam Gross secured 7th in the Championship heat, while Purman powered to an 11th place followed by Dabish in 16th. FPC went back to back on the podium with Griffin Seifert winning the 100Yard Freestyle. Senior Joe Bade swam to a best time 14th, followed by Sam Gross at 16th.
The future was on display in the 500 Freestyle as Freshman Owen Gross dropped 9 seconds to achieve 13th. He was joined by Senior Nick Stein, Sam Gross, and Joe Bade in the 200 Freestyle relay. The team snagged a 4th place finish.
A highly competitive 100Yard Backstroke was won by Griffin Seifert in record fashion. He broke the pool and meet record set by Grand Blanc in 2015 with a time of 52.80. Purman finished a sound 13th in the event. Cooper Prue kept the momentum alive by then breaking his own pool and meet record in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (57.92). Murphy Prue closed strong to take 5th place.
The final 400 Yard Free Relay is the meet’s final event and the most spirited, competitive event of the weekend. Grand Blanc was seeded first by a second over the Chargers. The energy in the crowd was at a fervent level as Powers Catholic out touched GB by .07 to win! In the process, the team of Griffin Seifert, Sam Gross, Murphy Prue and Cooper Prue secured a state cut time.
Powers Catholic pride was shining brightly as the entire team contributed to forceful 3rd place behind Division 1 Grand Blanc and Division 2 Fenton. The team rests up for a rematch with these same 2 teams January 28th.