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Saints shatter records at county swim meet | USA Today High School Sports


That’s all that could really be said about the St. Clair girls swim team’s performance at the ForSports St. Clair County Meet at Marysville.

The Saints took the pool by typhoon, breaking four pool records and nine meet record. That undoubtedly helped them get first place with 509 points, besting Marysville (216 points), Marine City (212) and Port Huron Red Dogs (170).

“This is probably the best team I’m ever going to swim on,” St. Clair senior Grace Shinske said. “We’re all great together.”

Shinske had quite the day herself, breaking three meet and pool records. Her most notable record-breaking performance was in the 100 backstroke, when she placed first with a 58.04. That was good to not just break the girls pool record, but also the boys pool record held by none other than her older brother, Charlie Shinske.

“I don’t know how I’m going to tell him, but that was my goal – to break his record,” Grace Shinske said with a smile.

Aside from Port Huron’s Halie Roman winning the diving portion with a 317.50, St. Clair took first in every race of the night.

The Saints 200 medley relay team of Shinske, Red Smith and sisters Molly and Heidi Likins set the tone with a meet and pool record at 1:54.02, beating second place Marysville by almost 13 seconds.

St. Clair freshman Lola Laenen continued the hot start with a meet record in the 200 freestyle, swimming to a 2:03.13.

Heidi Likins picked up the first place finish in the 200 IM, touching the wall at 2:22.76. Marysville’s Allison Zhang was second with a 2:27.07.

St. Clair then took the top three spots in the 50 freestyle with Smith (26.14), Molly Likins (26.49) and Emilee Laenen (26.64) pacing the field.

When the racing picked back up, Shinske broke the pool and meet record with a 59.17 in the 100 butterfly. Smith followed that up with a meet record time of 57.13 in the 100 freestyle, edging Emilee Laenen by two seconds.

Lola Laenen made the 500 freestyle seem short, breaking the meet record by 17 seconds with her 5:31.51 time.

“Lola has been awesome,” Smith said. “She obviously was awesome before this, but coming in this has been one of the biggest team’s she’s been on and she’s putting up points.”

St. Clair’s sister relay of Heidi and Molly Likins and Lola and Emilee Laenen broke the 200 freestyle relay meet record with a 1:48.60.

Shinske then snapped the backstroke record in half, followed by Marysville’s Soyoung Douglas who finished in second at 1:06.86.

Molly Likins then broke the pool and meet record in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:09.85, besting teammate Jane Wentrack’s second place finish of 1:23.68.

The meet ended with an exclamation point with St. Clair’s 400 relay team of Shinske, Smith and the Laenen sisters breaking a meet record with 3:52.01.

“We obviously wanted to win, but on top of that we wanted to put on our best performance and lower times,” Smith said. “It’s also just a really fun meet, everyone here is friends.”

Contact Matt Sheehan at (810)-989-6267 or [email protected] He’s on Twitter @Sheehan_Sports.

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