By Margaret Baker
The Huron River Rats Girls’ Swim/Dive team brought home their first dual meet win with a victory Thursday night over Pinckney’s small but spirited team, 151-31.
The Rats scoring points were many. In the opening relay, sophomore Clara Bowman, juniors Liz Li and Anna Leone, and captain/senior Yu Jin Hyun touched first, with Huron’s “B” (freshmen Cali Streeter and Ayaka Sakamoto, senior Elizabeth Conatser, and freshman Felicia Sang) in second. Sophomore standout Annaliese Streeter easily won the 200 Free, with captain/senior Susan Dowling in 2nd, and sophomore Amaris Beal putting points on the board with her 5th place finish.
Huron went 1,2,3 in both the 200 IM and the 50 Free, with super-speedy sophomore Abbey Ketslakh, and freshmen Ezgi Poyraz and Zannah Baker scoring in the IM, and sophomore Emily Tran, captain/senior Olivia Figueroa, and Leone in the 50 free.
Once again, Huron divers dazzled. Sophomore Annie Costello not only won (264.65 points) but set a new Pinckney pool record. Captain/Senior Rebecca Darnell was 2nd (219.45) and junior Sami Ruud (201.50), 3rd. Diving in exhibition for the Rats were senior Brooke Brenner (137.45) and sophomore Julie Park (128.05).
Rats were 1,2,3 in the 100 Fly (Hyun, Bowman, and junior Kristina Holcombe); the 100 Free (Tran, Sang, and Li); the 500 (Ketslakh, Figueroa and Sakamoto); the 100 Back (Streeter, Hyun, and junior Faith Baker), and the 100 Breaststroke (Leone, Li and Sakamoto). In the 200 Free, Pinckney’s Morgan Bucher took 3rd, with Streeter and Dowling finishing 1st and 2nd.
Finally, Huron’s depth—and the strength of the Ann Arbor Area off-season swim opportunities—was shown in both free relays. In the 200 Free event the “A” (Leone, Z. Baker, Conatser, and Tran) took 1st place honors, with the “B” (Poyraz, Sang, and juniors Lydia Hargett and Ella Szymansky) in 2nd, and in the final 400 Free Relay, Ketslakh, freshman Kathryn Hemmila, Streeter, and Hyun clocked in 1st, and F. Baker, Dowling, Holcombe, and Figueroa, in 2nd.
Huron will host crosstown rival Pioneer next Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Ratatorium. Kick-off is at 6 pm.