The boys swimmers at Birmingham's Seaholm High School are used to being at the top, and this weekend was no different, with the Maples coming in third place at the MHSAA Division 2 state swimming finals.
Seaholm finished behind Holland and Ann Arbor Huron at the state finals at Oakland University on Saturday, bringing home a total of 223.5 points.
Ranked No. 1 in the state going into the finals, the Maples were hoping to snag two state championships in three years.
"I thought we did really well, yesterday and today," Seaholm head coach Tom Wylie told MIPrepZone on Saturday. "We had several lifetime best times today and today we broke a couple of varsity records, including one that's been around since 1999, so I was very pleased with our performance."
This is the second year in a row that Seaholm has finished third at the state finals — coming in behind fellow Birmingham team, Groves High School, at the 2012 meet. Groves, meanwhile, finished in ninth place on Saturday.
However in 2011, it was Seaholm who was on top, with the Maples edging out Groves by eight points to win the state championship.
To score that third-place win, Seaholm swimmers had strong finishes in nearly every event, with top three finishes in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the 200-yard medley relay and the 100-yard breaststroke.
Country Day, Brother Rice and Cranbrook finish in top three
Meanwhile, several other Birmingham-area teams made quite the splash at the Division 1 and Division 3 state swimming finals as well, also held this weekend.
The swimmers from Detroit Country Day finished in third place in Division 3, coming in right behind Birmingham's neighbor to the north, Cranbrook-Kingswood.
Both teams eventually lost to East Grand Rapids at Eastern Michigan University, however Cranbrook finished the day with 274 points while the Yellowjackets finished with 217 points.
Meanwhile, Brother Rice finished in second place at the Divison 1 finals, held in Holland this weekend. Finishing the day with 309 points, the Warriors finished behind Saline. The second place win is an improvement for Brother Rice, who finished in third place last year.