One of the powerhouse conferences in girls swimming held its league meet on Saturday, and like always, the SEC rivals brought their A games in a competition that raises the bar and drops the times. The 2018 SEC Red Division league meet at Skyline featured some incredible finishes, personal-best swims and proof that once against the league is prepared to do big things at the State Finals in two weeks at EMU.
While the local teams were impressive, it was Saline that swam into Skyline and stole the show. The Hornets racked up a dominant 666 points to swim away with first place.
The Eagles took off right from the start and landed in second place with 437 points. The young Pioneers were right behind their city rivals, finishing with 427 points. Huron had a solid showing as the River Rats placed fourth with 354 points as the Big Four dominated. Bedford was fifth (149) and Monroe sixth (109).
The Skyline team of Casey Chung, Alison Lock, Claire Kozma and Allison Haak finished second in the medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 47 seconds. The Huron team of Emily Tran, Annaliese Streeter, Olivia Figueroa and Kathryn Hemmila placed third with a time of 1:51.88.
The Eagles touched two-three in the 200 freestyle with Hannah Jyawook taking second (1:51.85) and Allison Haak third (1:55.03). Pioneer grabbed the next two spots with Vivian VanRenterghem taking fourth (1:56.18) and Katie Capelli finishing fifth (1:56.21). Huron sophomore Abbey Ketslakh was sixth in 1:57.91.
Skyline junior Casey Chung took first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.32. Pioneer freshman Lily Cramer touched second in 2:07.69 and Huron sophomore Annaliese Streeter was fifth in 2:10.99. Pioneer’s Edwina Jalet was seventh in 2:13.35 and teammate Abby Mehraban was eighth in 2:17.24.
The Hornets took the top three spots in the 50 free. Skyline freshman Claire Kozma was fourth in 24.96, Pioneer freshman Amelia Weyhing was sixth in 25.26, Skyline sophomore Sophia Kunisaki was seventh in 25.57 and Huron freshman Zannah Baker was eighth in 25.66.
The diving competition featured plenty of strong competition and the divers didn’t disappoint. Huron sophomore Annie Costello landed first with 466.35 points in a three-way race for the top spot featuring local divers. Skyline senior Paige Sundermann was second with 447.95 points and Skyline senior Zain Smith was third with 435.35 points. Huron senior Rebecca Darnell dove fourth with 351.85 points.
Pioneer freshman Lindsay Orringer-Hau raced to first place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.93. Huron sophomore Emily Tran was fourth (1:00.31), Skyline freshman Claire Kozma was fifth (1:00.48) and Pioneer freshman Holly Pringle was eighth (1:01.95).
In the 100 freestyle, Skyline junior Allison Haak touched a close second with a time of 52.13. Huron sophomore Abbey Ketslakh was third in 53.08. Pioneer went five-six with Vivian VanRenterghem (54.26) and Amelia Weyhing (54.85). Skyline senior Ella Sadler was eighth in 56.35.
Hannah Jyawook went the distance to win the 500 free with a time of 4:53.68. Pioneer’s Katie Capelli was third (5:09.22), Skyline’s freshman Gina Sadler was fourth (5:15.89) and Pioneer sophomore Abby Mehraban was sixth (5:20.24).
The River Rats had a strong showing in the 200 free relay as the team of Abbey Ketslakh, Yu Jin Hyun, Zannah Baker and Annaliese Streeter touched second in 1:38.86. Pioneer’s team of Amelia Weyhing, Vivian VanRenterghem, Katie Capelli and Lily Cramer swam third in 1:39.70. The Skyline team of Angela Noble, Alia Tracy, Ella Enrique-Shakespeare and Gina Sadler was fourth in 1:47.31.
Chung returned to the winner’s circle but this time the speedy junior backed her way to the title. She took first place in the backstroke with a time of 55.14. Pioneer freshman Holly Pringle was fourth (1:00.05), Pioneer freshman Lindsay Orringer-Hau was sixth (1:00.95), and Huron sophomore Emily Tran was eighth (1:02.65).
The Pioneers touched two-three in the breaststroke with Lily Cramer (1:06.28) and Edwina Jalet (1:06.55). Huron went five-six with sophomore Annaliese Streeter (1:07.36) and junior Anna Leone (1:08.36). Skyline sophomore Emma Pettigrew was seventh (1:09.54).
The Eagles finished strong by taking second in the 400 free relay as the team of Hannah Jyawook, Allison Haak, Claire Kozma and Casey Chung touched second in 3:30.56 – just behind Saline’s 3:29.47. Pioneer’s team of Vivian VanRenterghem, Holly Pringle, Katie Capelli and Lily Cramer placed third in 3:38.38 and Huron’s foursome of Felicia Sang, Ezgi Poyraz, Kathryn Hemmila and Olivia Figueroa.