The three Ann Arbor public schools made their way to the Holland Community Aquatic Center on Saturday and made a statement heard all the way back to town – the Ann Arbor area is the center of the high school swimming universe.
The three local teams placed among the top 15 in the 35-team field in the Division 1 Boys’ Swimming and Diving Championships. Skyline, the defending champs, placed fifth overall with 138 points with Pioneer only two points behind in sixth place. Huron finished with 46 points and touched in 15th place.
How good is this area when it comes to swimming? Saline, a member of the SEC Red Division along with the Ann Arbor schools, finished fourth with 148 points. And Dexter, in the SEC White Division, finished first in the Division 2 meet at Eastern Michigan University.
Holland West Ottawa finished first overall in the D-1 meet with 248 points followed by Detroit Catholic Central (240) and Hudsonville (164).
The Eagles took off in the medley relay with a sixth-place finish. The team of Ben Kurniawan, Kareem El Tawil, Ben Keith and Kyle Tschannen finished in 1:35.95.
Pioneer’s team of Luis Miranda, Vaughn Hajra, Shashank Chandru and Trent Hitchins finished 11th in 1:36.58.
Pioneer sophomore Matthew Segal placed third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:40.94. Huron sophomore Eli Atkinson was 11th (1:43.23) and Skyline senior Keith Kozma was 12th in 1:43.49.
Miranda, a junior, touched sixth in the individual medley for Pioneer in 1:55.39. Keith, a senior, was 10th in 1:56.46 for the Eagles.
Henry Schirmer defended his state championship in diving. The Skyline senior scored 514.55 points to land in the top spot. Pioneer sophomore Cole Tremewan was second with 428.45 points. Huron senior Kyle Huehn was seventh with 387.05 points.
Tschannen, the Skyline senior, was third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.74. Huron sophomore AJ Stewart touched fifth in 50.58 and Keith, the Skyline senior, was sixth in 50.94.
In the 500 freestyle, Atkinson was seventh for Huron in 4:45.97. Pioneer sophomore Cameron Williston was ninth (4:39.44), Skyline senior Keith Kozma was 10th (4:45.59) and Pioneer freshman Caleb Rice was 15th in 4:46.52.
In the 200 free relay, the Pioneer team of Segal, Rice, Chandru and Trent Hitchins placed 11th in 1:26.99. Skyline’s team of Kareem El Tawil, Evan McKelvey, Shane MacNeil and Kozma was 14th in 1:27.63.
Skyline’s Tschannen was third in the backstroke with a time of 51.13. Pioneer’s Miranda was 11th in 53.06.
Segal touched fourth in the breaststroke with a time of 55.85. Pioneer teammate junior Vaughn Hajra was 11th in 58.58.
In the 400 freestyle relay, the Pioneer team of Segal, Williston, Chandru and Anthony McDonough was fifth in 3:08.79. Skyline’s team of Tschannen, Kurniawan, Keith and Kozma placed eighth in 3:11.01. Huron’s team of Atkinson, Dane Hubers, Jonathan Jiang and Stewart was 16th in 3:16.34.
MAIN PHOTO: Skyline’s Ben Keith