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Swimming to States!

The varsity boys swim and dive team at Forest Hills Eastern assumes a different mascot than the Hawks, a Birddog! Yes, our aquatic athletes are on a joint team with Forest Hills Northern. They recently competed for the title of regional champions this past Saturday. Having attended a meet at Northview on February 7th, 2023, I am quite impressed with the talent of the Birddogs. Up against many fierce swim and dive competitors, the Forest Hills Northern Eastern (FHNE) athletes demonstrated great perseverance and determination. 

The diving board released a creak as each diver pushed into its elasticity, drawing up the power and strength needed to propel them into the air. To create the perfect arc, one must attain a height that allows for an adequate distance to perform pikes, somersaults, tucks, straight, and free maneuvers before gracefully breaking the water’s surface. This is precisely what our divers did. 

Dante Grossa debuted with a forward, then two summersaults and a pike. He received a score of 22.54 points. As one of the most advanced divers in the FHNE Dive team, Dante exhibited a wide variety of complex, precise movements: forward two-and-a-half summersault tuck, inward two summersault tuck, backward two summersault tuck. His final score was 158.35 points, and he won third place in the meet. 

Andrew Garcia, a new addition to the FHNE dive team, demonstrated great precision and technique in his dives. His skill set included back tuck free, inward one summersault tuck, backward summersault free, and forward summersault free. Andrew Garcia earned an overall score of 135.50 points and fifth place. 

Over in swimming, the boys compete in fast sprints and tedious relay races. The categories of races are butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, and freestyle, each ranging between 50m, 100m, and 200m. The swimmers mounted the starting blocks, and at the announcer’s call, they threw their momentum into the swim lane and raced to get a head start over the competition. 

Jeffrey Zhou, in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle, achieved first place with a record time of 21.79 seconds (50 yards) and 54.20 seconds (100 Yards). With his 100-yard freestyle time of 54.20 seconds, Zhou qualifies to compete in the MHSAA Division 1 State Championship on March 10-11th, 2023! He has also committed to the California Institute of Technology for his collegiate swim career. 

Ben Tuthill attained a first-place win at the Northview meet in the 100-yard freestyle. He also competed in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle relay races. He swiftly finished at 23.63 seconds (50-yard) and 52.06 seconds (100-yard). 

The varsity swim and dive team has had an amazing season and is ranked 27th in the state of Michigan out of 50. Many of the divers and swimmers have achieved their personal best and qualified for the MHSAA Division 1 State Championship. Congratulations to the Birddogs on their amazing season and good luck at states!

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