STATE CHAMPS

It has been 25 years since a Hawkeye team could lay claim to being the best in the state, but now the boy’s swimming and diving team can say just that after capturing the Division 3 title this weekend at Oakland University.

The boys defeated perennial powerhouse Cranbook-Kingswood, a private school located in Bloomfield Hills, 274-242 to bring Hamilton its second team title in school history.

“I’m glad everyone stepped up,” senior Maison DeJonge said. “Everyone did great.”

Hamilton senior Jordan Moses broke his own state records in both individual races he swam. His time in the 100 butterfly was 51.22 and he swam a 52.22 in the 100 backstoke.

“It still hasn’t sunk in knowing that we’re state champs,” Moses said.

“We all came together as a team,” freshman John Anthony La Porta said. “We had fun while doing this, and we won the state championship. It’s something we’re all gonna remember, and we don’t want to see it go.”

The Hawkeyes were ranked No. 1 most of the season, but they still had to be ready as Cranbrook and Grand Rapids Christian both were potential spoilers. GR Christian finished 3rd with 198 points.

“It was a season filled with hard work that led to a sweet reward,” La Porta said.

Hamilton’s first team championship came on the hardwood back in 1984 when the boys basketball team upset Kalamazoo Christian for the Class C state title, 52-48.

Rachel Poll contributed to this story.

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