Okemos has been the dominant program in mid-Michigan this decade, but there's plenty of variety among my candidates for this All-Decade team.
We've been introducing possible All-Decade teams all fall, and you can check out any of them so far by clicking the links at the bottom of this post. Those lists, along with your input, will be combined for the final All-Decade teams, which we will publish in January. I'm on vacation now until 2010, but we'll post volleyball Monday and football later next week, so stay tuned.
For this one, I mention some times or scores being the best of the decade. This is based on all the information I could gather, which was a ton, but might not be every single time or score. If I'm wrong, please let me know.
Here's what I've got so far:
Amelia Marsh, Okemos (2010, signed with Minnesota): Ranked among the area’s best in every freestyle race and the butterfly in being named LSJ Athlete of the Year the last two, and making the all-state Dream Team as a junior. Her top times in the 200 (1:50.55) and 500 (4:58.35) were the area’s best of the decade by a few seconds. She won the Division 2 state titles for both the last two seasons.
Kelsie Schooley, Holt (2009, Michigan State): Ranked as area’s best sprinter of the decade going 23.65 in the 50 free and 51.67 in the 100. She also was one of the decade’s best in the backstroke. She was the LSJ Athlete of the Year as a junior and won the 50 state championship in Division 1 twice.
Sara McDaniel, Okemos (2006, Arizona State): The two-time LSJ Athlete of the Year won two Division 1 breaststroke titles with a top time of 1:03.42 and also had the area’s top individual medley of the decade at 2:09.03. She also ranked near the top of the area in the 50 free and butterfly.
Diana Post, East Lansing (2007, Michigan water polo): Finished third in both the backstroke and 50 free at the Division 2 state meet as a senior, when she qualified for every event and was the LSJ Athlete of the Year. Her backstroke time of 58.48 was the area’s best time of the decade.
Erin Hill, Holt (2003, Wayne State): The 2002 LSJ Athlete of the Year qualified for the Class A/Division 1 state meet 16 times and the finals six during a four-year career in which she was regularly among the area’s best in nearly every swimming event. She finished third in the backstroke (58.51) and seventh in the breaststroke (1:07.94) in her final state meet.
Leigh Holmes, Alma (2010): The four-time LSJ Dream Team pick twice won the Division 3 state title in the butterfly and this fall instead won in the 500 free — she also won league titles in the 50, 100 and 200 free over the last two seasons. Her butterfly time of 59.79 was the area’s best this decade.
Tiffany Oricchio, Haslett (2010): Another four-time LSJ Dream Team pick capped her six top-five state finishes by winning the 200 freestyle in Division 3 this fall and finishing second in the 500. Her best times in those events, 1:54.91 and 5:09.28, respectively, were among the area’s best this decade. She was also among the area’s best in the sprints this decade.
Madison Batchelor, Okemos (2011): Still with a season to go, Batchelor finished seventh in breaststroke and ninth in individual medley at this season’s Division 2 state meet, and has been among the area’s best in those races since freshman year, and also one of the best in the area this decade in the butterfly. Her 2:11.68 in the IM is second-best.
Kristen Mrozowski, East Lansing (2006): Placed in the 500 freestyle, butterfly and individual medley in separate Division 2 state meets and was a four-time LSJ Dream Team selection. Her 200 free time of 1:57.04 was one of the area’s best this decade.
Katie Simon, Grand Ledge (2009, Oakland): Finished fifth at the Division 1 state meet in breaststroke as a senior, set a school record in the individual medley, and also made the state meet in the butterfly as a junior. Her times in the breaststroke and individual medley were among the area’s top this decade.
Amy Ingersoll, Mason (2001): The 2000 LSJ Athlete of the Year finished 11th in the individual medley and 10th in the butterfly at the Class A state meet with times that ranked among the area’s best this decade in both races.
Summer Wood, Alma (2005, Eastern Michigan): The three-time LSJ Dream Team pick was among the area’s best racers in the individual medley and butterfly this decade and posted six top-12 state places over her final three seasons.
MaryRose Hillstrom, Holt (2009, Ohio University): Posted the area’s top 6- (312.05) and 11-dive (507.65) scores of this decade. She finished third at the Division 1 state meet as a senior.
Carolyn Wallace, Okemos (2010, signed with Wyoming): Made four straight state finals and was this season’s MISCA Zone 7 Diver of the Year. She finished seventh and eighth in Division 2 the last two seasons, respectively.
Sarah Mory, Haslett (2006, South Carolina) Won the Division 2 state championship as a senior and was named LSJ Athlete of the Year. She also made the LSJ Dream Team as a junior.
Also in the conversation:
Kylie Holden, Okemos (2011): The three-time LSJ Dream Team pick finished eighth at the state meet in the butterfly this fall and also ranked among the area’s fastest this decade in the individual medley and breaststroke. She also has one more season at the high school level.
Carlene Ebner, Okemos (2004): Her 100 breaststroke time of 1:04.44 was the area’s second-best this decade and second at the Division 1 state final her sophomore year, and she took fourth the next season.
Rebecca Ebner, Okemos (2007, MSU): Three time LSJ Dream Team pick twice finished sixth in state meets in the butterfly. Ranked also among the area’s best this decade in the 200 individual medley and freestyle.
Lauren Dudley, Okemos (2010, signed with Michigan water polo): Three-time LSJ Dream Team pick was one of the decade’s best in four events and won three league individual titles during her final three seasons.
Kelly Robinson, Holt (2004, Air Force cross country): She started her high school career among the area’s best in seven events and finished it by setting the Holt individual medley record (2:14.60) and taking seventh in the backstroke at her state meet. She also spent her junior season on the boys team so she could run cross country during the fall, but finished among the area’s best in both of those races this decade.
Chrissy Hager, Haslett (2004, Oakland): Finished third at her state meet in the 50 freestyle as a senior and ranks among the area’s best this decade in both sprints.
Kara Brockhaus, Holt (2007): Ranks among the area’s best in the butterfly and backstroke this decade, and placed in top 16 in both at the Division 1 state meet as a senior.
Morgan Rosentreter, Okemos (2007, Michigan): Four-time LSJ Dream Team pick was among the area’s best in the sprints and breaststroke this decade, and was Division 2 state runner-up in the latter as a senior.
Joanne Pohl, Holt (2009): Three-time LSJ Dream Team pick was one of the area’s best in 100 freestyle and breaststroke this decade and a multiple Division 1 state qualifier in both.
Erika Barczak, Williamston (2004, Wayne State): Posted the second best 6-dive score and third-best for 11 this decade. She took fifth in Division 2 as a junior and second at her regional as a senior.
Louise Harder, Haslett (2010): Also among the area’s highest scorers this decade, she finished eighth and then sixth at the Division 3 meet the last two seasons, respectively.
And the coaches: This one will have to purely be a reader pick, because I’m stuck so far. Okemos has had the area’s dominant program this decade, but had at least four coaches, if not five, during that time. Brent Pohlonski built a CAC/CAAC-1 powerhouse at Holt and St. Johns’ Kim Brewbaker has done the same in his leagues. Please be sure to chime in on this one.
Other All-Decade blogs so far: