Saline High School returned from Hillsdale College with its eighth straight Science Olympiad regional championship after upsetting Huron Saturday. Saline had not beaten Huron this season until the regional. The victory was very close. Saline edged Huron by three points and it came down to the last event.
Saline students won medals in 20 of 23 events.
Only one team from this region gets to continue on to the state tournament. Saline placed fourth in Michigan last year and wants to continue building on that momentum.
Particularly impressive this year is that Saline graduated 10 seniors last year and a significant portion of this team is comprised of freshmen.
"The team knew that Huron was a huge obstacle and that they would need a flawless day," said Nath Akella, Saline's head coach. "All of our students were very focused the entire day and it was as close to flawless as I have ever seen. They really worked hard for several weeks fine tuning everything. After beating last year's national sixth place winner in Ionia a few weeks ago the team really realized what they were capable of doing. It's been wonderful to watch their motivation and how they feed off of one another."
The State Tournament is at Michigan State University.
The top two teams from Michigan will go to Nationals.