By Margaret Baker
The Huron River Rat girls’ swimming and diving team played host to the Dexter Dreadnaughts on Saturday in an SEC crossover meet. And this one went down to not only the final event but the final stroke as Dexter edged Huron 96-91in a meet that both sides had plenty to cheer about.
All three relays were won by Huron swimmers.
In the opening 200 yard medley relay, Huron’s squad of sophomores Emily Tran, Annaliese Streeter, senior-captain Olivia Figueroa, and sophomore Abbey Ketslakh dominated, finishing in 1:52:38, a full 4 seconds ahead of Dexter’s “A” team.
In the 200 free relay, similarly, senior-captain Yu Jin Hyun, Figueroa, junior Anna Leone and A. Streeter touched in first (1:46:79), 3 seconds ahead of the Dreads.
In the final 400 free relay, Hyun, Ketslakh, newcomer sophomore Clara Bowman and Tran cruised in a full 7 seconds ahead of Dexter, with a finish time of 3:55:20.
Ketslakh and A. Streeter, both poised to take down some longstanding Huron team records this season, put in terrific performances. Ketslakh easily won both the 200 Free (2:02:34), and the 100 Free (53.62), and A. Streeter took the 200 IM (2:12:27), and the 100 Breast (1:07:93), with D1 state cut swims in both of her events.
Sophomore Tran raked in another blue ribbon with her 100 Fly win (1:02:71), and a red with her second place swim in the 100 Back (1:01:93).
Other top five finishes for Huron included freshman Ezgi Poyraz, fifth in the 200 Free (2:13:90), senior-captain Susan Dowling, fifth in the 200 IM (2:30:63), freshman Zannah Baker, third in the 50 free (26.70), senior Elizabeth Conatser, fifth in the 50 free (28.03), Hyun, second in the 100 Free (57.25), freshman Kathryn Hemmila, fifth in the 100 Free (1:01:97), freshman Felicia Sang, fourth in the 500 free (5:50:45), Poyraz, fifth in the 500 free (5:57:47), and Dowling, third in the 100 Breast (1:16:48).
The Rats ruled on the diving board, with sophomore Annie Costello handily taking first (266.80), and senior-captain Becca Darnell, second (207.50). Both girls earned a “dual meet” win towards qualifying for the Diving Regionals. Junior Sami Ruud also scored points for the Rats, finishing fourth (186.50). Senior Brooke Brenner, diving in exhibition, finished seventh with 136.85 points, and sophomore Julie Park, in her first appearance as a River Rat scored 137.45.
Huron, coached by Andrea Stanczyk, JZ Zakjrasek and Vicki Kimball, next faces Pinckney away on Thursday, Sept. 13.