Midway through the season, Skyline’s Emily Lock offered up a prediction on the Eagles and how they would fare at the state meet. “If we swim well, we should be in the top five,” she said.
Lock’s prediction turned out to be a lock as the Eagles did swim well – very well – as they finished fourth overall at Saturday’s MHSAA Division 1 state finals at Oakland University. Skyline finished with 191 points.
Farmington Hills Mercy won the championship with 277 points with Saline second (248) and Farmington Harrison third (192).
Huron had a strong state meet as the River Rats finished 10th with 79 points. Pioneer was 23rd with 18 points.
The Eagles took a small, but talented team this year and got off to a fast start by taking second in the medley relay. The team of Lock, Casey Chung, Georgia Mosher and Allison Haak touched second in 1:44.00, just behind Saline’s team that won in 1:43.6.
Huron’s foursome of Jewel Huang, Annaliese Streeter, Abbey Ketslakh and Yu Jin Hyun was 10th in 1:47.05. Both Streeter and Ketslakh are only freshmen.
Haak, a talented sophomore, was eighth in the 200 free with a time of 1:53.52 for the Eagles. Lock was 16th in 1:55.46. Huron’s Ketslakh was 12th in 1:53.61.
In the individual medley, Huang was 14th in 2:09.48 for the River Rats.
Chung, only a sophomore, was sixth in the 50 free with a time of 23.59.
Junior Zain Smith delivered one of the biggest splashes of the meet when she took first overall in diving with 446.90 points. She beat out Gracie Sleeman of Forest Hills Northern Eastern who took second with 436.65. Smith, only a junior, entered the finals in first place after scoring 311.30 in the semifinals.
Huron freshman Annie Costello took fourth in diving with 401.6 points. Skyline junior Paige Sundermann was seventh with 387.10 points.
In the 100 free, Ketslakh was seventh for Huron in 51.84 and Lock was eighth in 52.60 for Skyline.
Mosher, the super talented Skyline senior, was second in the 500 free with a time of 4:51.78. Grand Ledge’s Lola Mull took first in 4:47.32. Pioneer junior Katie Capelli was seventh in 5:03.08 and Skyline’s Haak was 13th in 5:06.65.
In a very close race to the wall, Chung touched first in the backstroke with a time of 53.92, just beating out Mercy’s Katie Minnich (54.42). The Skyline sophomore was one of the favorites in the event and came through for the Eagles.
Huang was 10th in the backstroke in 57.19 for Huron and Pioneer freshman Quoia Sam was 11th in 57.39.
Mosher continued her impressive final finals with a third place in the breaststroke in 1:04.12. Streeter was 12th for the River Rats in 1:06.84.
The Eagles finished with a third place in the 400 free relay as the team of Lock, Chung, Haak and Mosher touched in 3:28.93. The Huron team of Ketslakh, Hyun, Streeter and Huang was 10th in 3:34.03.