Swimming: River Rats drop times, raise performance at SEC league meet


By Margaret Baker

The Huron River Rats ended their regular season this past weekend at Skyline for the SEC Red Conference meet. Saline finished first with 666 points followed by Skyline (437), Pioneer (427), Huron (354), Temperance-Bedford (149) and Monroe (109).

The amazing taper skills of Huron’s beloved swim coaches Andrea Stanczyk and JZ Zakjrasek were in evidence on both days, with virtually all tapered Huron swimmers dropping significant time.

Noteworthy drops came from sophomore Ella Szymansky (12 seconds in the 200 IM); freshman Cali Streeter (8 seconds in the 200 IM); freshman Sara Abdul-Hak (6.5 seconds in the 100 Free;  sophomore Pooja Yalavarthi (6 seconds in the 100 Breast); junior Faith Baker and sophomore Kiana Hemati  (5 seconds in the 100 Free); junior Kristina Holcombe (4.5 seconds in the 100 Fly); and finally, freshman Ali Sutton (an astounding 13 seconds in the 100 Back at Prelims)!

The sole new Huron D1 state cut in the meet was earned by junior Anna Leone, who dropped 4 seconds from prelim to final in her 100 Breast, and finished 6th overall, and the “I Just Can’t Believe It” award goes to the 4 X 100 “D” relay (Sutton, freshman Margo Leone, sophomore Sophie Getzen, and Abdul-Hak)–who got to swim on Saturday when both Huron’s “A” and “C” relays DQed in prelims–dropped 14 seconds from Friday to Saturday, and finished with 14th place points for Huron.

Top 16 finalists were many.

In the 200 Free, sophomore Abbey Ketslakh was 6th (1:57.91), and freshman Felicia Sang (2:05.88), and Ezgi Poyraz (2:07.77) were 13th and 15th.  The 200 IM fielded three Rats in the finals, sophomore Annaliese Streeter (2:10.99), 5th, and freshmen Kathryn Hemmila (2:29.07), and Ayaka Sakamoto (2:33.04), 14th and 16th.  Freshman Zannah Baker got to march in  with the top 8 in the 50 Free, finishing 8th (25.66), with senior/captain Yu Jin Hyun (25.59), 9th, and senior Elizabeth Conatser (26.43), 12th, and in the 100 Fly, speedy sophomore Emily Tran (1:00.31) was 4th, with three Rats, junior Anna Leone (1:05.07), senior/captain Susan Dowling (1:05.73), and senior/captain Olivia Figueroa (1:06.21), coming in one after another, 12th, 13th, and 14th.

In the 100 Free, Ketslakh (53.08) was 3rd, Hyun (55.35), 10th, and Z. Baker (56.72), 12th; in the 500 Free, Hemmila (5:40.92), Poyraz (5:42.71), and Sang (5:45.03), touched in 12th, 14th and 15th; in the 100 Back, Tran (1:02.65) finished 8th, with teammates sophomore Clara Bowman (1:04.24), Figueroa (1:07.76), and Holcombe (1:10.21), following in 10th, 13th, and 14th; and in the 100 Breast, A. Streeter was 5th (1:07.36), with A. Leone (1:08.36), earning that state cut, and touching in 6th.  Junior Elizabeth Li (1:15.09) and Dowling (1:16.10) were 14th and 15th, respectively, in that race.

Huron’s stellar 200 free relay squad of Ketslakh, Hyun, Z. Baker, and Streeter swam a lightning-fast 1:38.86, coming in 2nd behind winners, Saline’s Emily Laing, Anna Bosinger, Maddie Luther, and Johanna Jorgenson (1:37.46), and their 200 Medley relay of Tran, A. Streeter, Figueroa, and Hemmila scored 3rd (1:51.88), behind Saline (Amelia Hayes, Emma Loveland, Anna Bosinger, and Emily Laing), who won (1:45.91) and Skyline (Casey Chung, Alison Lock, Claire Kozma, and Allison Haak), who were 2nd (1:47.00).  Finally, in the 400 Free relay event, Huron’s “B,” (Sang, Poyraz, Hemmila, and Figueroa), swimming because of the “A’s” DQ on Friday, garnered 4th place points (3:58.54).

Congratulations are in order to dive coaches Vicki Kimball, and her father, Dick, for their first season coaching at Huron, as the divers dazzled. Sophomore stand-out Annie Costello took first (466.35) over Skyline’s Paige Sunderman (447.95) and Zain Smith (435.35).  Rats senior/captain Becca Darnell (351.85) was 4th for the 11-dive contest with sophomore Julie Park 10th (285.70) and senior Brooke Brenner 13th (261.60).

Also participating in the meet for Huron were freshmen Lydia Hargett and Emma Kaipainen, sophomore Amaris Beal, juniors Anna Boerst (diver) and Emmy Seth, and senior Elizabeth Conatser.  Next up is Diving Regionals on Thursday at Brighton High School.  Huron will send Costello, Darnell, Park, and junior Sami Ruud.


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