With its Upper Peninsula Finals championship won Saturday, the Marquette girls swimming & diving team tied the MHSAA Finals record for most team championships in the sport – matching the 24 titles won by East Grand Rapids.
The first MHSAA Finals for girls swimming & diving were hosted in 1972. Finals were separated into Upper and Lower Peninsula meets in 1980, with Upper Peninsula girls teams competing during the winter and Lower Peninsula teams continuing to compete during the fall.
The Marquette girls won that first Upper Peninsula Finals in 1980 and the next season’s as well, then finished second four times before claiming their third championship in 1989. In addition to their 24 championships, they’ve also finished Finals runner-up 12 times. They strung together a record 12 straight titles from 2002-12.
Among individual standouts, Jenny Laughna’s UP Finals record in the 500-yard freestyle (5:13.60) from 1994 continues to stand, and she at one time also held meet records in the 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
Hanna Cowley is another interesting notable – her 2008 UP Finals record in the 100 freestyle stood until last winter, and her 50 freestyle record from 2008 wasn’t broken until 2020. She was a freshman for Marquette that 2008 season, and after her family moved downstate she won six more individual championships (three in the 100 and three in the 200 freestyle) and swam on four championship relays, all in Lower Peninsula Division 1 for Ann Arbor Pioneer.
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PHOTO The 1995 Marquette girls swimming & diving team won the program's eighth Upper Peninsula Finals championship. (MHSAA file photo)