What happens when crosstown rivals Skyline and Pioneer meet in the pool? Well, the intensity rises, the outcome of the dual-meet has a little more meaning and, most importantly, times drop. Because as much as the Eagles and Pioneers are racing against each other, they also are racing against the clock. And these two excellent programs tend to push each other in the ultimate race of beat the clock.
That was the case Thursday night at Hill Pool inside Pioneer High School. The Pioneers scored an impressive 111-75 victory over the Eagles, the defending Division 1 state champions. Pioneer was strong and determined from the opening splash to the final touch as they continued on a path towards a big 2019.
Three Pioneer-Skyline meet records were broken on the night – yeah, these guys were flying!
Pioneer’s winning 400 freestyle relay team of Luis Miranda, Cam Williston, Robert Yang and Matthew Segal took first with a state-cut time of 3 minutes, 17 seconds. The state cut time is 3:19.69. The Pioneer foursome is all underclassmen with Miranda a junior, Yang a freshman and Segal and Williston both sophomores.
Miranda set a meet record and earned a state-cut time with his winning time of 53.98 in the 100 back. Segal set a record and earned a state-cut time of 46.41 in the 100 free. Skyline senior diver Henry Schirmer, the defending state champion, set a meet record with 308.80 points in diving.
The Pioneers opened the meet with a strong showing in the medley relay. The team of Miranda, Vaughn Hajra, Shashank Chandru and Henry Cramer went 1:37.93 to finish first. Skyline’s foursome of Ben Kurniawan, Kareem El-Tawil, Ben Keith and Kyle Tschannen went 1:38.70 to take second. Skyline’s foursome of Atticus Dewey, Derek Mrachko, Alex Kurniawan and Evan McKelvey took third in 1:42.42.
Segal won his first of two races on the evening in the 200 free. The sophomore went 1:42.92 to touch first. Skyline senior Keith Kozma was second in 1:45.82, Pioneer’s Caleb Rice was third in 1:49.62, Pioneer’s Yang was fourth in 1:50.37 and Pioneer’s Ethan Hume fifth in 1:50.60.
Miranda won the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.32 for the host Pioneers. Ben Kurniawan was second for Skyline in 1:59.45, Williston touched third for Pioneer in 2:02.70, Derek Mrachko was fourth for Skyline in 2:04.57, and Ryan Hume was fifth for Pioneer in 2:07.87.
Skyline’s Tschannen sprinted to the wall first for the Eagles with a time of 22.09 in the 50 freestyle. Pioneer went two-three with Chandru (22.45) and Cramer (22.56), Skyline’s El-Tawil was fourth (22.90) and Pioneer’s Samuel Fonte fifth (23.37).
Schirmer’s 308.80 points in diving earned the Eagles first-place points. Pioneer took the next four spots in diving with Cole Tremewan (273.85), Max Rolla-Mullis (188.55), Adam Richards (151) and Ben Englehof (150.40).
Keith won the butterfly for Skyline with a first-place time of 52.44. Teammate Tschannen was second in 52.53. Pioneer went three-four with Chandru (53.51) and Yang (54.74). Skyline’s Alex Kurniawan was fifth in 56.04.
It was back to the winner’s circle for Segal in the 100 free with his time of 46.41. Cramer was second (50.07) for Pioneer, Lee Mathew was third (50.30) for Skyline, Gabriel Labadie was fourth (50.73) for Pioneer and Anthony McDonough was fifth (50.76) for Pioneer.
Skyline’s Kozma went the distance to finish first in the 500 free with a time of 4:47.15. Pioneer landed the next three spots with Williston second (4:48.21), Rice third (4:55.73) and Alex Farmer fourth (4:58.54). Keith was fifth in 5:07.56 for the Eagles.
Pioneer’s foursome of Segal, Chandru, Cramer and Rice won the 200 free relay in 1:30.88. Skyline’s group of Matthew Lee, Evan McKelvey, Alex Kurniawan and Kozma touched second in 1:33.23. Pioneer’s foursome of Hajra, Yang, Williston and Farmer finished third in 1:34.32.
Miranda won the backstroke for Pioneer in his record time of 53.98. Skyline went two-three with Ben Kurniawan (55.04) and Atticus Dewey (55.40). Ryan Hume was fourth (56.82) and McDonough fifth (57.34) for Pioneer.
The Pioneers took the top two spots in the breaststroke. Hajra touched first in 1:00.70 and Henri Schneehagen was second in 1:02.29. Skyline’s El-Tawil was third (1:02.64), Pioneer’s Anthony Gibbons was fourth (1:03.30) and Skyline’s Derek Mrachko was fifth (1:03.85).
Skyline’s foursome of Tschannen, Lee, Kozma and Kurniawan was second in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:17.36. Skyline’s group of Alex Kurniawan, McKelvey, Dewey and Keith took third in 3:25.39.