Chips prepare for state finals in MISCA meet

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Manistee boys swimming/diving team was represented by seven swimmers at a Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association meet on Saturday in Bloomfield Hills.

The event was a way for the Chippewas who have already qualified for the Division 3 championships to compete against the state’s premier swimmers, according to coach Corey Van Fleet.

“It was a quality experience and that’s what we were after,” Van Fleet said of the meet that pitted all three swimming divisions together. “The idea was to get our kids racing against the best swimmers in the state, and they were there.

“It was a big meet, and for us it was a lead-up to the state meet.”

Manistee’s Drew Sheffield was the lone Chippewa to swim in an individual event, finishing 49th in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.83.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Chris Blevins, Ross Morang, Dan Wehrmeister and Sheffield finished 52nd (3:38.76) while the team of Cameron Blevins, Morang, Wehrmeister and Sheffield took 52nd (1:35.97) in the 200-yard freestyle and 58th (1:51.31) in the 200-yard medley relay.

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