Farmington Hills Mercy begins the 2016 season as the state's No. 1-ranked team in Division 1 girls high school swimming and diving. That's nothing new for either the Marlins or new coach Mike Venos, who also coaches the Birmingham Brother Rice boys team.
The Marlins have won eight state championships — the last six under former coach Shannon Dunworth. Venos has guided the Warriors to four state titles, including the last three in Division 1. Defending state champion Ann Arbor Skyline and runner-up Saline are ranked second and third behind Mercy, which finished third in last year's state meet.