Story by Margaret Baker/Photos by Miguel Figueroa
The talent in the swimming and diving world of Ann Arbor was in full display on Thursday night at Huron’s Ratatorium, where the River Rats hosted the Pioneers for a cross-town dual meet.
Pioneer won 114-72, but the one shining moment of the evening belonged to sophomore Annie Costello, who broke a 25-year-old varsity record for a six-dive meet, scoring 282.45 points. The previous record, set in 1993, had belonged to Katie Gerhardt (280.85).
Huron senior-captain Becca Darnell was second in diving with 201.25 points and junior Sami Ruud was third with 195.10 as the River Rats swept the diving event.
Other Huron individual wins were in the 200 freestyle where sophomore Abbey Ketslakh (1:55:01) pocketed a state cut in the event; and the 100 free where Ketslakh again went 53.08 to earn another D1 cut.
Huron’s speedy “A” 200 free relay (captain/senior Yu Jin Hyun, freshman Zannah Baker, sophomore Annaliese Streeter, and Ketslakh), finished in 1:40:85, just touched out by Pioneer’s equally speedy “A” (freshman Lily Cramer, seniors Jenni Krzeczkowski and Katie Capelli, and freshman Amelia Weyhing), who finished in 1:41:17. Both teams swam under the D1 cut time.
Top five finishers for the Rats included Streeter, who was 2nd, and took home a D1 cut with her 2:13:35 finish in the 200 IM; Hyun, 2nd in the 50 free (25.77), and Z. Baker, 5th in that event (26.76); sophomore Emily Tran 3rd in the 100 Fly (1:01;87) and Leone, 5th (1:04:91); Hyun, 3rd in the 100 Free (56.26), and freshmen Kathryn Hemmila (5:44:93), and Ezgi Poyraz (5:45:53), 4th and 5th respectively in the 500 Free; and Tran (1:01:47) and captain/senior Olivia Figureoa (1:09:79), 2nd and 5th in the 100 Back.
Huron’s best showing was in the 100 breaststroke with A. Streeter (1:07:01), a close 2nd to Pioneer’s Cramer (1:06;63), and Leone (1:12:33) and captain/senior Susan Dowling (1:16:09), in 4th and 5th.
A contingent of Huron swimmers and divers will travel to East Grand Rapids Saturday, Sept. 22 for the annual “Pioneer Classic” and will host Bedford at home next Tuesday, Sept. 25.