What a surprise? Dreadnaughts are good in the water (again)

What’s better than going back-to-back in the state championships? 

Going back-to-back-to-back.

Just ask the Men’s Swim and Dive team.

The Dreadnaughts won the state competition for the third year in a row on March 10, increasing their Division II championship total to five. Dexter finished the meet with a score of 241.5, beating second-place Rochester Adams by 21.5 points

It seems safe to say that the program can now be considered a dynasty.

“Winning states my senior year was an incredible experience,” senior Sam Krahn said. “All of the work my teammates and I have put into swimming hard this season paid off, and my final high school meet is one I will always remember.”

Led by Coach Michael McHugh, the Dreadnaughts underwent his rigorous training methods. Halfway through their season, the team has to partake in “Deep Week”, a 14-day program where the team practices for five hours each day, racking up about 120,000 yards in the pool over the course of the two weeks.  

“The best part of the season, aside from winning states, was definitely competing with Casey [Dolen] in practice,” junior Nikolas Eberly said.

Eberly was a part of the state team last year, and this year he was a crucial contributor to winning states. He set the varsity record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.87, breaking the previous record he owned. He placed first in the state in the following events: 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, and was a part of the 200-yard freestyle relay. Additionally, Eberly was a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed second.

“It’s pretty cool to be a part of that team,” freshman Clayton Kinnard said. “Hopefully, we’ll win states next year. It all comes down to the team effort.”

The celebration is now over and it’s back to the grind. The Dreads are already working toward the four-peat.