Swimming: River Rats race past Pinckney, fall to Brother Rice


The Huron swimming and diving team split a pair of dual-meets last week. The River Rats knocked off Pinckney 121-65 on Thursday and then fell to defending state champion Brother Rice 107-79 on Friday.

Huron got off to a fast start against Pinckney as the team of Yoshki Wurtz, AJ Stewart, Alex Kaipainen and Jorge DiGiovanni won the 200 medley relay in a time of 1 minute, 45.62 seconds.

The River Rats went one-two in the 200 freestyle with Jonathan Wang touching first in 1:48.70 and Ji Ung Hyun in second in 1:57.35.

Stewart, only a freshman, won the 200 IM in 2:11.64.

Wurtz was third in the 50 free in 23.87.

Junior Kyle Huehn won the diving with a score of 238.50.

Eli Atkinson was second (58.93) and Dane Hubers third (1:00.57) in the butterfly.

The River Rats touched the first two spots in the 100 free as Wurtz took first (51.29) and Stewart second (51.36) in a very close race to the wall.

Sophomore George Gueorguiev won the 500 free in 5:29.30.

The River Rats (Wang, Wurtz, DiGiovanni and Stewart) won the 200 free relay in 1:34.14. Huron (Hyun, Eric Caldwell, Jonathan Jiang and Ben Hires) took second in 1:40.57.

Freshman Eli Atkinson backed into first place with a time of 1:01.33 in the backstroke.

Wang took first place in the breaststroke with a time of 1:02.53.

The River Rats wrapped things up with a first place in the 400 free relay as the team of Atkinson, Hubers, Kaipainen and Wang touched first in 3:28.54.

On Friday, Huron to state powerhouse Brother Rice 107-79.

The River Rats started strong with a victory in the 200 medley relay. Atkinson placed third in the 200 freestyle and Wang won the 200 IM with Alex Kaipainen in third for Huron. Stewart claimed a victory for the River Rats in the 50 free. Huehn and Nick Zacharek placed first and second in the diving competition.

Stewart claimed a second win in the 100 fly; Atkinson placed third in the 100 freestyle; Hubers swam to a third-place finish in the 500 free; Wang swam to a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke; and Alex Kaipainen and Arthur Zhang placed second and third in the 100 breaststroke.

Huron (4-2 on the season) host Grosse Pointe South High School on Tuesday.



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