Maureen Isaac summed it up best: “A great day for Ann Arbor.”
The Skyline boys’ swimming and diving coach was talking about the Southeastern Conference meet on Saturday at Skyline High School. And it wasn’t just a great day for the Eagles, but for all three Ann Arbor schools.
In a conference meet that looked more like a state finals, Skyline’s “great day” included taking the top spot, finishing with an impressive 532.5 points. The races may have been close, but the Eagles took care of the big picture in comfortable fashion.
Pioneer had a “great day,” grabbing second place with 443 points, 33 points better than perennial state-power Saline. Huron also had a “great day,” finishing fourth with 321.5 points as Ann Arbor took three of the top four spots in the toughest swimming conference in the state.
Bedford finished fifth (265 points) and Monroe sixth (197).
The Eagles got things off to a splashingly great start with a win in the 200 medley relay – and this was close, very close. The experienced team of Sam Konigsberg, Michael MacGillivray, Kyle Tschannen and David Cleason won with a time of 1 minute, 34.53 seconds. Pioneer’s fab four of Tyler Sakalys-Moore, Dylan Bao, Bolin Li and Trent Hitchins was a touch behind in second place with a time of 1:35.78. Yeah, very close.
Huron’s team of Jonathan Wang, Alex Kaipainen, AJ Stewart and Jorge DiGiovanni was fifth in 1:40.07.
In the 200 freestyle, Pioneer senior Adam Orringer-Hau finished in first with a time of 1:39.96. Skyline grabbed the next three spots with Samuel Jyawook and Kyle Tschannen tied for second (1:41.79) and Keith Kozma in fourth (1:45.05). Pioneer’s Matthew Segal was fifth (1:45.46) and Huron’s Eli Atkinson was eighth (1:48.38).
MacGillivray, a speedy senior, returned to the winner’s circle in the 200 individual medley after taking first place in 1:49.97. Cleason, another senior and another Eagle, touched second in 1:52.35 to give Skyline a one-two punch in the IM.
Pioneer’s Sakalys-Moore was fifth in 2:00.72 and Huron’s Alex Kaipainen was seventh in 2:03.26.
Huron senior Adam Moskus sprinted to a first place in the 50 free with a time of 21.60 in a super close finish. Saline’s Joshua Willwerth was second (21.84) and Pioneer’s Hitchins was third (22.16). Huron’s AJ Stewart was fifth (22.29) and Skyline’s Kareem El-Tawil was sixth (22.39).
One event that wasn’t all that close was diving where Skyline junior Henry Schirmer finished first with 565.50 points. Pioneer’s Cole Tremewan was second (468.30) and Huron’s Kyle Huehn was third (423.05). Skyline’s Andrew Ceely was fourth (357.70) and Huron’s Nick Zacharek was fifth (276.60).
The Eagles again landed one-two, this time in the 100 butterfly. Tschannen, a junior, touched first 50.74 with teammate Ben Keith in second in 51.76. Stewart was third for Huron in 52.10, Pioneer’s Li was fourth (52.43) and Skyline’s Konigsberg was fifth (53.11).
Orringer-Hau followed up his win in the 200 free with a first-place finish in the 100 free with a time of 45.86. Moskus was second for the River Rats in 47.24 followed by Cleason in third (47.37) and Segal in fourth (47.66).
Jyawook, a senior, brought home first-place points with his winning time of 4:38.38 in the 500 free. Kozma was third for the Eagles in 4:42.43 and teammate Keith was fourth in 4:51.01. Huron’s Ben Hires took fifth in 4:53.62, Skyline’s Atticus Dewey was sixth (4:53.73), Huron’s Dane Hubers seventh (4:55.76) and Huron’s Eli Atkinson eighth (4:57.75).
Pioneer (Hitchins, Segal, Shashank Chandru and Orringer-Hau) was first in the 200 free relay in 1:26.16, just out-touching Saline (1:27.45). Skyline’s foursome of Shane MacNeil, Wilson Noll, El-Tawil and Jyawook placed fourth in 1:28.33 and Huron’s foursome of Stewart, DiGiovanni, Kaipainen and Moskus was fifth in 1:29.59.
Konigsberg backed his way into the winner’s circle with a first place in the backstroke in 52.12. Pioneer’s Sakalys-Moore fourth (55.32) and Skyline’s Dewey and Huron’s Wang tied for sixth (55.71).
MacGillivray won his second individual race of the day with a first-place finish in the breaststroke in 55.23. Bao was second (57.94) and Kyle Liu was fifth (59.46) for Pioneer.
The Eagles ended the meet the same way they started it. The foursome of Tschannen, Jyawook, Cleason and MacGillivray took first in the 400 free relay in 3:08.67. Pioneer (Segal, Chandru, Henry Cramer and Orringer-Hau) was second in 3:11.50 with Huron (Wang, Atkinson, Dane Hubers and Moskus) in sixth in 3:18.08.
Photos by Aurelie Procoppe