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Winter 2019-20 All-Junior Team watch lists for boys swimming

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, February 25, 2020, 5:00 pm

Here are the watch lists for this year’s All-Junior Team selections from boys swimming. Mining the results from last year’s finals, as well as the all-state list from the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (MISCA), we have a solid working list of kids to keep an eye on, as the winter season progresses. We’ll narrow the field down to four finalists somewhere mid-March, then announce the final winter team (with all winter sports represented) around the end of April. 

We have four swimmers who won individual events at the state meets a year ago, and one who won multiple events that THIS YEAR’s state meet (the UP version, which is in mid-February). We also have some swimmers who placed at the state meets a year ago, earning all-state honors.

If you have any suggestions for juniors to add to this list, feel free to send them to us by email, or social media. We will update this story with an accompanying video when it becomes available.

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Jack Hamilton, Berkley

Won the 100 backstroke in D2 last year, and finished third in the 200 individual medley at last year’s state meet.

He took first in the 100 backstroke at the Oakland County meet earlier this month, and was 2nd in the 200 IM. 

Spencer Boling-Hamer, Trenton 

Won the 200 individual medley title in D3, and was fifth in the 100 breaststroke at last year’s state meet.

Won the 200 IM at the Wayne County championships earlier this month. 

Jonas Cantrell, Mason

Was 1st in the 200 free at the MISCA meet, 2nd in the 500 freestyle. He won the 500 free at the D3 state meet a year ago.

Aidan Boldt, St. Clair Shores Lakeview

Was fourth in both the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle in Division 2 at last year’s state meet.

Finished fourth in the 200 IM at the recent MISCA meet (1:57.12), and was 13th in the 100 butterfly.

Won the 200 free and 500 free at the Macomb County championships earlier this month. 

Morgan Burd, Sault Ste. Marie

Won the 200 IM and 100 backstroke at the UP meet earlier in February, and swam the lead leg of the Sault’s winning 400 free and 200 medley relays.

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Matthew Segal, Ann Arbor Pioneer

As a sophomore, finished 3rd in the 200 freestyle in Division 1 (1:40.94) and fourth in the 100 breaststroke (0:55.85). 

Jacob Ryan, Detroit Country Day

In 2018-19, Ryan was fifth in the 50 freestyle, and fourth in the 100 freestyle in Division 3. 

He finished fifth in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke at the Oakland County meet. 

Tom Girdler, Birmingham Seaholm

Last year, was sixth in the 100 freestyle in Division 2, and tied for seventh in the 100 breaststroke. He was fifth in the 100 freestyle and third in the 100 breaststroke at the Oakland County championships earlier this month. 

Matthew Kozma, Detroit Catholic Central

Finished fifth in the 200 individual medley in D1 as a sophomore, and seventh in the 100 backstroke. 

Swam the anchor leg of CC’s winning 200 medley relay at the recent MISCA meet, and was 5th in the 100 butterfly, 8th in the 100 breaststroke. He was third in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM at the Oakland County meet. 

Colin Kalkman, Holland Christian

Tied for third in the 200 individual medley in D3, and was fifth in the 100 backstroke.

Avery LeTourneau, GR Forest Hills Central

Was 7th in the 50 free at the MISCA meet, 7th in the 100 backstroke, swam the first leg of FHC’s 5th-place 400 free relay. He finished 8th in the 100 fly at the D1 meet a year ago. 

Thomas Zoldowski, Temperance-Bedford

2nd in the 200 IM at the MISCA meet, 2nd in the 100 backstroke, swam the anchor leg of Bedford’s third-place 400 free relay. He was sixth in the 100 backstroke at the D2 state meet a year ago. 

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