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Catholic High School League
2021 Girls Swimming and Diving Championship

Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Waterford Kettering

2021 CHSL Girls Swimming and Diving Champions: Farmington Hills Mercy

Head coach: Mike Venos

Swimmers: Olivia Asam, Madeline Basa, Elizabeth Bayer, Sophia Bishop, Natasha Bouras, Anna Burns, Haleigh Cameron, Edie Ceuninck, Lily Cochrane, Alexis Conway, Mackenzie Conway, Sydney Derkevorkian, Chloe Doverspike, Reese Elliott, Olivia Engquist, Matilda Farr, Sofia Finelli, Michaela Fitzsimmons, Lily Fromm, Elena Garza, Meghana Govindaraj, Katie Hermann, Amylia Higgins, Annie Jefferson, Sage Johnson, Nadiya Jones, Carson Kecskes, Grace Kizy, Allison Koehler, Amelia Lampi, Caroline Lee, Madison Lee, Penelope Livermore, Lea Lodato, Grace Loeher, Maureen Lynch, Lily May, Anna Melton, Sydney Meyer, Amari Nwamba, Emily Palm, Grace Roberts, Stella Rogers, Annabelle Saunders, Micah Scales, Kathleen Schwab, Cailyn Sherwin, Juliana Sherwin, Reese Sinawi, Leah Singler, Lauren Smith, Mallory Smith, Savannah Sneyd, Victoria Straub, Evelyn Thebault, Maeko Trocio.

Farmington Hills Mercy wins 30th straight CHSL Championship

It was business as usual for the Farmington Hills Mercy at the 2021 Catholic High School League Girls Swimming and Diving Championship  – and by “usual" meaning winning yet another league title, its 30th in a row. No championship was held last year due to COVID-19 protocols. Since the team's creation in 1967, the Marlins have won every CHSL championship but one (1990 to then Birmingham Marian) for a total of 53. On Saturday, no opposing team could match Mercy’s depth as the Marlins piled up 617.5 points, finishing well ahead of Bloomfield Hills Marian (400), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood (360), Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (207), Madison Heights Bishop Foley (181), and Dearborn Divine Child (132.5). Mercy’s quartet of Katie Hermann, Sydney Derkevorian, Madeline Basa and Amylia Higgins opened the afternoon by winning the 200-yard medley relay (1:49.56) and closed the session by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:33.38). Hermann also won both of her individual events – the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.22) and the 100-yard butterfly (58.80). Derkervorkian was the Marlins’ other individual champion, winning the backstroke (58.91). With multiple entries in the championship heats, the Marlins scored at least 46 points in every individual event. Mercy’s top event was the backstroke, as Derkevorkian, Basa, Lily Cochrane and Grace Roberts finished first, second, third and fifth. Marian’s Julia Waechter was a double event winner, taking titles in the sprint races – the 50-yard freestyle (23.64) and the 100-yard freestyle (51.40). Only one league record was broken: University Liggett’s Ginger McMahon swam 1:04.24 in the breaststroke preliminary heat, erasing the previous mark of 1:05.12 set by Mercy’s Maddy Loniewski back in 2011.


200-yard medley relay: Farmington Hills Mercy (Madeline Basa, Katie Hermann, Sydney Derkevorkian, Amylia Higgins), 1:49.56

200-yard freestyle: Katie Hermann, Farmington Hills Mercy, 1:55.22

200-yard individual medley: Rachel Bello, Bloomfield Hills Marian, 2:11.41

50-yard freestyle: Julia Waechter, Bloomfield Hills Marian, 23.64

One-meter diving: Sarah Weissman, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, 343.55 points

100-yard butterfly: Katie Hermann, Farmington Hills Mercy, 58.80

100-yard freestyle: Julia Waechter, Bloomfield Hills Marian, 51.40

500-yard freestyle: Julijana Jelic, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, 5:19.73

200-yard freestyle relay: Bloomfield Hills Marian (Lilly Masters, Julia Waechter, Lena McKenney, Axelle Ballarin), 1:39.03

100-yard backstroke: Sydney Derkevorkian, Farmington Hills Mercy, 58.91

100-yard breaststroke: Ginger McMahon, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, 1:04.86

400-yard freestyle relay: Farmington Hills Mercy (Katie Hermann, Sydney Derkevorkian, Madeline Basa, Amylia Higgins), 3:33.38

200-yard medley relay: Farmington Hills Mercy (Madeline Basa, Katie Hermann, Sydney Derkevorkian, Amylia Higgins)

200-yard freestyle relay: Bloomfield Hills  Marian (Lilly Masters, Julia Waechter, Lena McKenney, Axelle Ballarin)

400-yard freestyle relay: Farmington Hills Mercy (Katie Hermann, Sydney Derkevorkian, Madeline Basa, Amylia Higgins)

200-yard freestyle: Katie Hermann

200-yard individual medley: Rachel Bello

50-yard freestyle: Julia Waechter

One-meter diving: Sarah Weissman,

100-yard butterfly: Katie Hermann

100-yard freestyle: Julia Waechter

500-yard freestyle: Julijana Jelic

100-yard backstroke: Sydney Derkevorkian

100-yard breaststroke: Ginger McMahon

Mercy High School, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Catholic College Preparatory School for Young Women.
Marian High School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Strong Women of Mind and Heart.

Past TEAM champions

Overall Division

2021: Farmington Hills Mercy53

2020: No championship conducted due to COVID-19

2019: Farmington Hills Mercy52

2018: Farmington Hills Mercy51

2017: Farmington Hills Mercy50

2016: Farmington Hills Mercy49

2015: Farmington Hills Mercy48

2014: Farmington Hills Mercy47

2013: Farmington Hills Mercy46

2012: Farmington Hills Mercy45

2011: Farmington Hills Mercy44

2010: Farmington Hills Mercy43

2009: Farmington Hills Mercy42

2008: Farmington Hills Mercy41

2007: Farmington Hills Mercy40

2006: Farmington Hills Mercy39

2005: Farmington Hills Mercy38

2004: Farmington Hills Mercy37

2003: Farmington Hills Mercy36

2002: Farmington Hills Mercy35

2001: Farmington Hills Mercy34

2000: Farmington Hills Mercy33

1999: Farmington Hills Mercy32

1998: Farmington Hills Mercy31

1997: Farmington Hills Mercy30

1996: Farmington Hills Mercy29

1995: Farmington Hills Mercy28

1994: Farmington Hills Mercy27

1993: Farmington Hills Mercy26

1992: Farmington Hills Mercy25

1991: Farmington Hills Mercy24

1990: Birmingham Marian1

1989: Farmington Hills Mercy23

1988: Farmington Hills Mercy22

1987: Farmington Hills Mercy21

1986: Farmington Hills Mercy20

1985: Farmington Hills Mercy19

1984: Farmington Hills Mercy18

1983: Farmington Hills Mercy17

1982: Farmington Hills Mercy16

1981: Farmington Hills Mercy15

1980: Farmington Hills Mercy14

1979: Farmington Hills Mercy13

1978: Farmington Hills Mercy12

1977: Farmington Hills Mercy11

1976: Farmington Hills Mercy10

1975: Farmington Hills Mercy9

1974: Farmington Hills Mercy8

1973: Farmington Hills Mercy7

1972: Farmington Hills Mercy6

1971: Farmington Hills Mercy5

1970: Farmington Hills Mercy4

1969: Farmington Hills Mercy3

1968: Farmington Hills Mercy2

1967: Farmington Hills Mercy1

1966: Grosse Pointe St. Paul3

1965: Grosse Pointe St. Paul2

1964: Grosse Pointe St. Paul1

1963: Detroit Immaculata7

1962: Detroit Immaculata6

1961: Detroit Immaculata5

1960: Detroit Our Lady of Mercy1*

1959: Detroit Immaculata4

1958: Detroit Immaculata3

1957: Detroit Immaculata2

1956: Detroit Annunciation1

1955: Detroit Immaculata1

*Detroit Our Lady of Mercy became Farmington Hills Mercy in 1965. Grosse Pointe St. Paul closed in 1971.  Detroit Immaculata closed in 1983. Detroit Annunciation closed in 1967.



A veteran swim coach at Farmington Hills Mercy and Detroit Catholic Central, the late DeLoris Yager, had an unparalleled record as a coach in the Catholic League. She started the swim program at Mercy in 1967 and guided the Marlins to a state championship in 1972, as well as numerous league titles for Mercy and Catholic Central. Yager died November 17, 1988. The award is presented annually to an outstanding female scholar-athlete in swimming.


2020: Lauren Sielicki, Bloomfield Hills Marian

2019: Anika Fassett, Bloomfield Hills Marian

2018: Elizabeth Cavataio, Warren Regina

2017: Monica Rzepka, Livonia Ladywood

2016: Allison Kavanagh, Pontiac Notre Dame Preparatory

2015: Allison Fedler, Warren Regina

2014: Megan Neiheisel, Pontiac Notre Dame Preparatory

2013: Catherine Dudun, Warren Regina

2012: Jaynie Pulte, Bloomfield Hills Marian

2011: Claire Schelske, Bloomfield Hills Marian

2010: Brianna Wilson, Livonia Ladywood

2009: Katie Pulte, Birmingham Marian

2008: Megan Craig, Farmington Hills Mercy

2007: Megan Rose Hodges, Livonia Ladywood

2006: Jaclyn Krause, Pontiac Notre Dame Preparatory

2005: Katharine Johnston, Livonia Ladywood

2004: Carrie Roble, Farmington Hills Mercy

2003: Elizabeth Garlow, Farmington Hills Mercy

2002: Jennifer Thompson, Birmingham Marian

2001: Kelley Monahan, Harper Woods Regina

2000: Kristen Lorentz, Harper Woods Regina

1999: Michelle Dorsch, Madison Heights Bishop Foley

1998: Faith Kurily, Harper Woods Regina

1997: Caroline Kenna, Farmington Hills Mercy

1996: Jennifer Kozlowski, Harper Woods Regina

1995: Heather Yagiela, Farmington Hills Mercy

1994: Amy Watroba, Farmington Hills Mercy

1993: Elaine Haberer, Harper Woods Regina

1992: Kathleen Knipper, Farmington Hills Mercy

1991: Beth Crowe, Birmingham Marian

1990: Laura Gerhardstein, Birmingham Marian

1989: Andria Bernacchi, Royal Oak Shrine

1988: Amy Cetnar, Farmington Hills Mercy

1987: Kristen Kranz, Birmingham Marian

1986: Cathy Loniewski, Farmington Hills Mercy

1985: Julie Chrzanowski, Farmington Hills Mercy

1984: Lori Pagota, Dearborn St. Alphonsus

1983: Clare Hramiec, Royal Oak Shrine Catholic

1982: Christine Luongo, Harper Woods Regina

1981: Caroline Luongo, Harper Woods Regina

1980: Betsy Leahy, Farmington Hills Mercy

1979: Donna LeDuc, Dearborn St. Alphonsus

1978: Tracy Gentile, Harper Woods Regina

1977: Carol Kolon, Farmington Hills Mercy

1976: Mary Foley, Farmington Hills Mercy

1975: Kathy Kolon, Farmington Hills Mercy

* Livonia Ladywood closed in 2018; Dearborn St. Alphonsus High School closed in 2003.