Trenton boys swim edges out Riverview for 2023 Downriver Classic w/ PHOTO GALLERY – The News Herald

A total of 11 area teams headed to Woodhaven on Saturday for the 2023 Downriver Classic.

2023 Downriver Classic boys swim photo gallery

Joining the host and defending meet champion Warriors were fellow Downriver League teams Allen Park, Dearborn Edsel Ford, Lincoln Park-Southgate, Gibraltar Carlson, Trenton and Wyandotte Roosevelt.

Also joining the fray were Allen Park Cabrini, Flat Rock, Riverview and New Boston Huron-Taylor.

They needed all 12 events on Saturday to decide a winner, but in the end Trenton held on to win its first Downriver Classic title since 2020.

It was jam-packed near the top of the leaderboard all day long. Trenton finished with 260 points and was just six points ahead of runner-up Riverview (254) while Woodhaven (222) edged out Roosevelt (210) for third place. Those four schools accounted for 10 of the 12 first-place finishes in the meet.

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Dominic Fraley swims for Riverview during the Downriver Classic on Saturday at Woodhaven. Fraley and the Pirates finished in second place, just six points behind Trenton. (Alex Muller – For MediaNews Group)

Rounding out the rest of the team standings were Allen Park (130) in fifth, Flat Rock (91) in sixth, Edsel Ford (83) in seventh, Carlson (58) in eighth, Lincoln Park-Southgate (38) in ninth, Cabrini (22) in 10th and Huron-Taylor (8) in 11th.

Trenton through 10 events led Riverview by 26 points but a strong showing from the latter cut the Trojans’ lead down to four at 234-230 heading into the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay.

Woodhaven took first in the event with the team of Ian Wolney, James Talbott, Parker Shope and Justin Slumski with a time of 3 minutes and 27 seconds. Trenton’s Zach Schoen, Ethan Dorey, Sean Laney and Enrique Alcantar (3:29.64) narrowly edged out Riverview’s Nathan Crout, Wyatt Pirtle, Nathan Johnson and Gavin Ziliak (3:29.66) for second place. A first-place finish would have won the meet for Riverview.

With their respective times posted in the final relay of the day, both Trenton and Riverview qualified for the state finals in that event. It was two of 16 instances in which state cut times were met throughout the day; the Pirates and Trojans combined for 11 of those.

Isaac Perez swims in his home pool on Saturday during the 2023 Downriver Classic.  Perez and the Warriors wrapped up the day in third place.  (Alex Muller - For MediaNews Group)

Alex Muller – For MediaNews Group

Isaac Perez swims in his home pool on Saturday during the 2023 Downriver Classic. Perez and the Warriors wrapped up the day in third place. (Alex Muller – For MediaNews Group)

The runner-up time in the 400 freestyle relay was one of two second-place finishes for Trenton. The Trojans on the day finished in the top three of events seven times, including three gold medals which was second only to Woodhaven’s four first-place finishes.

Schoen, a freshman, was responsible for two of Trenton’s first-place finishes on Saturday, one in the 200 freestyle (1:52) and again later on in the 500 freestyle (5:00).

Riverview’s Crout (1:52) and Woodhaven’s Wolney (1:53) finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 freestyle. Meanwhile in the 500 freestyle, it was Riverview’s Pirtle (5:07) and Trenton’s Ryan Bradburn (5:19) trailing Schoen to round out the top three there.

The other individual gold medal for Trenton went to Enrique Alcantar in the butterfly (55.21). Also finishing in the top three in that event were Blaise Kane (56.81) of Edsel Ford and Caden Sauve (58.66) of Roosevelt. The runner-up placing by Kane was the Thunderbirds’ only top-three finish on the day.

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