The lineup is set. The date is scheduled. And the Skyline girls’ swimming and diving team finds themselves in a familiar position at this weekend’s MHSAA Division 1 swimming and diving championships.
The Eagles, who finished fourth in the state last year after finishing first in 2015, are again among the favorites to finish near the top of the elite in girls’ swimming.
Prelims begin on Friday with the finals on Saturday at the Oakland University Natatorium.
“We are a small but mighty group this year,” said Coach Maureen Isaac. “Our athletes have worked really hard and have set themselves up for the success they deserve. We have solid leadership and have become a tight knit group; proud to be called a team.”
Skyline will send out sophomore Casey Chung, senior Georgia Mosher, senior Emily Lock and sophomore Allison Haak in the 200-yard medley relay. They head to prelims with a state-best time of 1 minute, 45.25 seconds with the likes of Hudsonville and Saline right behind them.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the same four swimmers come in with the seventh best time in the state in 3:34.02.
The team of Lock, Haak, junior Ella Sadler and freshman Sophia Kunisaki will swim in the 200 free relay.
Emily Lock, a member of the Skyline school-record 400-meter relay team (3:24.56) in 2015 and also a part of the school-record 200 freestyle relay (1:35.80), will swim both the 200 free and 100 free at states.
Chung returns to the state meet following an impressive rookie run last year as a freshman where she led off the Eagles’ 200 medley relay that placed a close second to Northville with a school-record time of 1:43.27. Her fourth-place finish in the backstroke last year earned her both All-State and All-American honors.
This year, the sophomore will swim the backstroke and the 50 free. She has the best time in the backstroke (54.69) heading into prelims.
Mosher, who will swim next year at Ohio State University, will swim the 500 free and 100 breaststroke. She has the fourth fastest breaststroke time (1:04.62) heading into prelims.
Haak will swim the 200 free and 500 free; Alison Lock will swim the 100 breaststroke; and Kunisaki will swim the 100 breaststroke.
Juniors Zain Smith and Paige Sundermann both qualified for diving for the Eagles.
The Eagles finished fourth overall last year with 221 points, behind Saline (231.5), Mercy (239) and champion Rockford (249).