The Pioneer swimming and diving team has already proven to be one of the top teams in the state with an excellent mix of youth and experience combined with a great tradition and first-rate coaches.
This year is going swimmingly well for the Pioneers, who don’t have to go far to find strong competition. No Google maps are needed to find Saline or Skyline or Dexter or Pioneer’s opponent on Thursday Huron. They all feature talented rosters and big-time challenges right in their own backyard.
So far, so good for the Pioneers who improved to 3-0 in dual-meets with a 114-72 victory over the River Rats.
The Pioneers took off from the opening whistle as the team of Quoia Sam, Amelia Weyhing, Katie Capelli and Lindsay Orringer-Hau won the 200 medley relay in 1:50.44. Remember the part about a nice mix of youth and experience? Capelli is a senior, Sam is a sophomore and Weyhing and Orringer-Hau are both freshman.
The Pioneers went two-three-four in the 200 freestyle: freshman Vivian VanRenterghem was second (1:56.11), freshman Lily Cramer was third (1:58.80) and Capelli was fourth (1:59.76).
Pioneer freshman Edwina Jalet took first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:12.04. Freshman Holly Pringle touched third in 2:13.88 with Orringer-Hau fourth (2:15.48).
Weyhing sprinted her way to first place in the 50 free with a time of 25.03. Quoia was third in 25.87 and senior Jenni Krzeczkowski was fourth in 25.94.
Freshman Alex Mercier was fourth in diving with 187.35 points.
The visitors went one-two in the butterfly with sophomore Abby Mehraban first (1:00.67) and Capelli second (1:00.77). Freshman Jeannie Liu was fourth (1:03.54.).
VanRenterghem picked up another silver when she touched second in the 100 free in 53.93 – missing gold by less than a second. Jalet was fourth (56.33).
Freshman Autumn Bullinger led a young threesome of Pioneer swimmers in the 500 freestyle. The freshman touched first in 5:26.53. Pringle was second (5:34.4) and Quoia third (5:41.01).
The Pioneer foursome of Cramer, Krzeczkowski, Capelli and Weyhing was second in the 200 free relay in 1:41.17.
Orringer-Hau won the backstroke in 1:00.60. Senior Grace Stephan was third in 1:06.37.
Cramer won the breaststroke in 1:06.63 with Weyhing third in 1:07.53.
Pioneer won the 400 free relay to finish off the meet. The team of Pringle, VanRenterghem, Quoia and Orringer-Hau touched in 3:42.47. The Pioneer team of Mehraban, Bullinger, Jalet and Cramer were second in 3:44.81.