The Ann Arbor schools headed down Washtenaw on Saturday and while the trip to Ypsilanti was short, the results were huge. The three public schools landed among the top 12 spots at the Division 1 MHSAA Swimming and Diving State Finals at Eastern Michigan University.
Skyline led the way as the Eagles landed sixth overall with 184 points. Right behind the Eagles was Pioneer with 172 points. Huron made an impressive splash by taking 12th place with 72 points.
“To have all three teams in the top 12 is crazy,” says Skyline Coach Maureen Murrett. “Competing as one we would be unstoppable.
“I thought Ann Arbor schools really shined this weekend. Pioneer made a huge statement that they are back. Skyline made the very best of the opportunities we had. And Huron was stealth, striking when no one expected it.”
While Murrett was thrilled with not only how her Eagles flew and where they landed, the successful Skyline coach was equally as impressed with the Pioneers.
“Pioneer swam with such joy,” she said. “Their swimmers were happy and I felt like they were a real team. It was cool to see.”
Farmington Hills Mercy finished first overall with 211 points, just beating Brighton by two points. Farmington Harrison was third (199) followed by Rockford (191) and Saline (186).
Let’s start in the winner’s circle and that’s where you will find Skyline standout Casey Chung. Only a junior, Chung took first place overall in the backstroke for Skyline with a time of 53.95, beating Northville’s Sophia Tuinman (54.91) to the finish line. The Pioneers had a strong showing as well as freshman Holly Pringle took fourth (56.20) and sophomore Quoia Sam was fifth (56.29) for the Pioneers. Sophomore Emily Tran was 16th for Huron in 59.45.
As expected, the local teams dominated the diving event.
Skyline’s Zain Smith defended her state title from a year ago in convincing fashion. The senior finished first overall with 463.60 points. Finishing second overall was Huron’s super sophomore Annie Costello who took second place with 455.75 points. Skyline senior Paige Sundermann had a strong showing with her sixth-place finish with 399.80 points.
In the medley relay, the Pioneers took second as the team of Sam, Edwina Jalet, Pringle and Amelia Weyhing touched in 1:44.78. Rockford took first in 1:43.72. Skyline’s foursome of Chung, Alison Lock, Claire Kozma and Sophia Kunisaki finished 12th in 1:48.12.
The Huron team of Tran, Anna Leone, Olivia Figueroa and Yu Jin Hyun finished 24th in the medley relay in 1:53.11.
Skyline freshman Hannah Jyawook took third with a time of 1:50.06 in the 200 freestyle. Teammate Allison Haak, a junior, finished sixth in 1:51.87. Also scoring points in the 200 free were Huron sophomore Abbey Ketslakh (13th, 1:53.60); Pioneer senior Katie Capelli (14th, 1:53.66); and Pioneer freshman Vivian VanRenterghem (15th, 1:54.34).
Pioneer freshman Lily Cramer was sixth in the 200 IM in 2:05.9, Skyline’s Chung was eighth in 2:06.96, Pioneer’s Pringle was 10th in 2:06.83 and Huron sophomore Annaliese Streeter was 16th in 2:08.10.
In the butterfly, Pioneer freshman Lindsay Orringer-Hau was 12th in 57.95.
Skyline’s Haak was fifth in the 100 free with a time of 51.35 and Huron’s Ketslakh was seventh in 51.58. Pioneer’s VanRenterghem was 16th in 53.41.
Jyawook was second for the Eagles in the 500 free with a time of 4:52.89. Pioneer’s Capelli was eighth in 5:00.97 and Pioneer’s Orringer-Hau was 16th in 5:07.34. Pioneer’s Abby Mehraban was 25th in 5:13.79.
In the 200 free relay, the three Ann Arbor schools were as close as close can be in a swim meet in both the prelims and the finals. In the prelims, Skyline went 1:37.50, Huron touched in 1:37.55 and Pioneer finished in 1:37.58. In the finals, less than a second separated the three schools again. Huron’s foursome of Abbey Ketslakh, Zannah Baker, Yu Jin Hyun and Annaliese Streeter was seventh in 1:37.52. The Skyline team of Jyawook, Sophia Kunisaki, Kozma and Haak touched eighth in 1:37.61. Pioneer’s team of Cramer, Amelia Weyhing, VanRenterghem and Mehraban were ninth with a time of 1:36.82 in the B race.
Cramer was eighth in the breaststroke for the Pioneers in 1:05.38 while teammate Edwina Jalet touched 10th in 1:05.08.
In the 400 free relay, the Skyline team of Jyawook, Haak, Kozma and Chung finished fifth in 3:29.29. The Pioneer team of VanRenterghem, Orringer-Hau, Pringle and Cramer placed seventh in 3:30.41. Huron’s team of Ketslakh, Hyun, Tran and Streeter finished 11th in 3:33.49.
MAIN PHOTO: The Skyline Eagles are all smiles after finishing sixth overall at the D-1 State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at EMU.