FARMINGTON HILLS -- Success does not discriminate against age and Katie Minnich proved that in the pool yet again this fall.
Despite being just a sophomore for the Farmington Hills Mercy girls swim team, Minnich added three more state titles to her résumé this fall, bring her total state title count for her still young career to five.
She was named to the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Dream Team for the 100-yard backstroke, an event she won a state title in with a state-leading time of 54.67, just over a half-second from tying the Division 1 record.
For her efforts this season, Minnich is the 2015 MLive Detroit Swimmer of the Year for the girls fall season.
In addition to winning the 100-yard backstroke title, Minnich also led off Mercy to a victory in the 200-yard medley relay that won in a time of 1:44.44. The time is a new Division 1 record by 0.01 seconds.
She is also a six-time time Oakland County champion in her career, winning the 100-yard backstroke (55.60), the 200-yard medley relay (1:46.63) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:31.99). Each of her times were Oakland County championship records.
"You can't ask any more of Katie," Mercy coach Shannon Dunworth told HometownLife. "It's kind of a common denominator with all our kids, but Katie is really the epitome of that. Everybody has a different mindset going into a race. There are always nerves, doubts, all sorts of stuff, but Katie is very focused. She's very determined and an amazing competitor.
"She deserves everything she gets. I know, if you've got Katie out there, you're going to get not only her best effort but her best performance."