Wright has swimming records, seeks fun at state meet
Maddie Wright said she isn't looking to set any records at the state swimming & diving finals, she's just trying to have a lot of fun.
But when Wright is having fun, a record is more than likely to follow.
Wright, a senior at Waterford Kettering (she swims for the Waterford United team in Division 1), has won three consecutive state titles in the 100-yard butterfly and 200 freestyle, setting a record in the butterfly last year (53.88 seconds). She swam the 200 in 1:47.61 last year.
"It's my senior year, my last meet with all the girls, and I just want to go out and have as much fun as I can," said Wright, who will swim at USC next year. "Really, that's all I've done in the past, too. You just go out and do the best you can. I'm really looking forward to competing with my teammates in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay."
Wright's ultimate goal is to compete in the 2016 Olympics in the 200 butterfly.
"I've already made the Olympic Trials cut time and I'd be finished with my first year in college at that time," Wright said. "It's a big goal."
Waterford United teammate Miranda Tucker (Indiana) also will be looking to repeat in two events — 100 breaststroke (state-record 1:01.36 in the prelims) and 200 individual medley (2:00.31).
■ Holland has won three consecutive Division 2 titles.
Birmingham Marian, which finished second last year, hopes to change that behind senior Mollie Pulte, who set a Division 2 state record in the 100 freestyle (49.87).
All divisions today-Saturday
Division 1: Eastern Michigan, Ypsilanti. Defending champion — Farmington Hills Mercy
Division 2: Holland Aquatic Center. Defending champion — Holland
Division 3: at Oakland University, Rochester. Defending champion — East Grand Rapids