Opposing coaches and people in the know see Farmington Hills Mercy as the team to beat once again in Division 1 girls swimming and diving.
The defending state champions have another talented team and are ranked No. 1 in the statewide poll of high school swim coaches.
It's a place the Marlins, who have won state titles in seven of the past eight years, are accustomed to being.
"It's nice to be respected by your adversaries, but I wouldn't put a whole lot of stock in anything tangible after that," Mercy coach Shannon Dunworth said.
"Based on recent history, they're going to select Mercy to be at the top, so we appreciate greatly the respect they show us. It's kinda looking at the past and not necessarily the present."