By Margaret Baker
Huron celebrated Senior Night and won two victories Thursday evening at the Ratatorium in a tri-meet vs. Tecumseh and Adrian. Finals for the three scored meets were Huron 98, Tecumseh 85; Huron 134, Adrian, 52; and Tecumseh 120, Adrian 60.
Six seniors – Brooke Brenner, and Elizabeth Conatser, and Captains Becca Darnell, Susan Dowling, Olivia Figueroa and Yu Jin Hyun – were honored with flowers and general crowd adoration.
Sophomore Annie Costello broke her own new varsity record again, diving for 290 points, and leaving the crowd in awe with her final dive, the challenging 403B “Inward 1.5 Somersault/Pike” (2.4 DD), which she nailed, scoring 8.0, 8.0 and a rare 9.0 for a whopping 60 points. Darnell, 2nd, with 238, and junior Sami Ruud, 3rd with 226.70, also had terrific evenings, as did sophomore Julie Park, a non-scoring 5th (175.55) Brenner, 6th, (173.30), and junior Anna Boerst, 7th (163.05).
In the opening 200 Medley relay, for the second time in a week, freshman Zannah Baker muscled out an anchor-leg victory, as the Rats’ squad of junior Annaliese Streeter, Dowling, sophomore Emily Tran, and Z. Baker arrived first (1:57.82) just ahead of Tecumseh’s “A” (senior Ashlyn Clewis, freshman Linda Hensley, senior Makilla Linn, and junior Julianne Lore), 1:57.84.
Freshman Kathryn Hemmila finished 3rd (1:11.52) in the 200, with sophomores Clara Bowman (2:18.89), 4th, and Ella Szmansky (2:23.49), 6th. Hyun, in her “off” event, was 2nd in the 200 IM, swimming a MISCA-worthy 2:23.70. Freshman Felicia Sang (2:31.44) and junior Kristina Holcombe (2:39.59), were 4th and 6th, respectively.
Z. Baker led the Rat Pack in the 50 free with her 3rd place swim (26.43), behind Adrian’s Keeli Huff (26.16) and Tecumseh’s Lore (26.42). Junior Anna Leone (28.92) brought in Huron points with her 5th place finish. Tecumseh’s Linn won the 100 Fly (1:02:36), but only by a hair, as Huron’s A. Streeter came in 2nd (1:02.66). Hyun, taking home a MISCA cut, was 3rd (1:05.24), and sophomore Clara Bowman, 5th (1:07.43).
Speedy sophomore Abbey Ketslakh continued her 100 Free domination with her 55.28 victory. Z Baker (59.45), and Szymansky (1:02.10) were 4th and 5th. In the distance 500 Free, Huron rocked the pool, taking 2nd through 6th places. Tran (5:40.36) was 2nd, followed in succession by four freshmen: Sang (5:44.07), Ezgi Poyraz (5:47.22), Hemmila (5:50.40) and Lydia Hargett (6:03:67).
Huron’s “A” (Hyun, Ketslakh, Hemmila and A. Streeter) easily took the 200 Free relay (1:44.06).
In the 100 back, Leone, earning her MISCA (1:05.90), touched in 3rd, with Figueroa (1:10.02) and Holcombe (1:12:88), 6th and 7th overall. In the 100 breast, freshman Ayaka Sakamoto (1:14.64) was just out-touched by winner, Adrian’s Chloe Wilson (1:15.31). Ketslakh came in 3rd (1:16.02), and freshman Emma Kaipainen swam a personal best (1:19:98), and was 6th
The night ended as it had begun, with another close relay, but this time, Tecumseh’s “A” (freshmen Linda Hensley and Kylie Dawley, Linn, and Clewis) bested Huron, coming in at 3:49.28 to Huron’s (A. Streeter, Dowling, Sang, and Tran) second place finish of 3:50.66.
Huron has two tough challenges ahead to round out the season, Skyline away on Thursday, Oct. 11 and Saline, also away, on Thursday, Oct. 18.