The Pioneer swimming and diving team hosted city-rival Huron on Saturday afternoon for an SEC White dual-meet and came out on top 114-71 in a meet that featured some solid times and close finishes.
The Pioneers splashed things off in the right direction with a victory in the opening 200 medley relay. The team of Tyler Sakalys-Moore, Dylan Bao, Bolin Li and Trent Hitchins finished in 1 minute, 39.89 seconds. Huron’s foursome of Jonathan Wang, Alex Kaipainen, AJ Stewart and Eli Atkinson touched second in 1:43.85.
The Pioneers went one-three in the 200 freestyle with Adam Orringer-Hau taking first in 1:44.42. Huron’s Adam Moskus was second in 1:47.39 with Pioneer’s Cam Williston third (1:53.38). Pioneer’s Jack Shemke was fourth in 1:58.77 with teammate Anthony Gibbons fifth (1:59.94).
Pioneer swept the 200 IM with Li touching first in 2:04.15, Bao in second (2:04.47) and Sakalys-Moore in third (2:09.04). Huron’s Ji Ung Hyun was fourth in 2:10.33 and teammate Eli Atkinson was fifth in 2:10.95.
Hitchins won the 50 free (22.71) with Henry Cramer in second (23.15) as the Pioneers touched one-two. Huron’s Kaipainen was third (23.64), Pioneer’s Matt Doll was fourth (23.72) and Huron’s Yoshki Wurtz was fifth (24.62).
Pioneer’s Cole Tremewan won the diving with a score of 275.80 points. Huron took second and third with Kyle Heuhn (260.75) and Nick Zacharek (183). Pionner’s Adam Richards was fourth (163.55) and teammate Alex Damm was fifth (149.95). Huron’s Max Fraser was sixth (134.5).
Li won the butterfly for the Pioneers with a time of 52.70. Huron’s Stewart was second (54.57), Pioneer’s Shashank Chandru was third (55.05), Pioneer’s Koa Williams was fourth (57.72) and Pioneer’s Kenji Wagner was fifth (58.11).
The 100 freestyle was a close finish with Pioneer’s Orringer-Hau (47.24) just beating Huron’s Moskus (47.61) to the wall. Wang was third for Huron in 49.78 and Pioneer’s Cramer was fourth (51.03) and Hitchins was fifth (51.46).
The Pioneers dominated the 500 freestyle. Williston won the 500 free for Pioneer with a time of 4:59.95 followed by teammates Gibbons (5:11.45) and Jack Shemke (5:16.95) for a one-two-three placing. Huron’s George Gueorguiev was fourth (5:29.60) with teammate Brian Moskus fifth (5:31.10).
Pioneer’s foursome of Orringer-Hau, Chandru, Hitchins and Cramer won the 200 free relay in 1:30.56. Huron’s group of Wang, Kaipainen, Wurtz and Adam Moskus took second in 1:33.79.
Sakalys-Moore went 57.12 to win the backstroke for Pioneer. Hyun was second (59.01) and Stewart third (1:01.5) for Huron. Pioneer’s Williams was fourth (1:02.12) and Huron’s Atkinson was fifth (1:02.24).
Angus Fan won the breaststroke for Pioneer with a time of 1:04.87. Wang was second for Huron in 1:06.10. Huron then took the next three spots with Kevin Zhou (1:06.75) followed by Kaipainen (1:07.14) and Dylan Schmitzerle (1:11.26).
Huron went one-two in the 400 free relay. The team of Adam Moskus, Atkinson, Stewart and Hires won in 3:31.70. The River Rats second relay of Ian Powell, Edwin Barnett, Noah Flott and Jalen Yockey touched second in 3:59.90. Pioneer’s foursome of Aidan McCoy, Alex Broughton, Bram Hogg and Jacob Itkin was third in 4:09.97.
The Pioneers host Monroe at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The River Rats host Saline on Thursday.
Photo courtesy of Bethany Williston