In a tight battle all day with Brother Rice, the Saline boys swim team put together a team effort and managed to squeak out a four-point win on Saturday at the Zeeland Invitational.
Saline finished with with 523 points, four more than Brother Rice's 519.
Saline coach Todd Brunty said the meet showed how important it is that the depth stand up and be counted.
"We got exposed in this meet by Brother Rice for what we are--a team lacking depth. We must improve our depth real soon. There are two or three teams out here who can beat us at the end of the year because they are deep," Brunty said. "We have the young men here to do it. It's just a question of if they believe they can and how soon it will happen."
Saline led off the day with a win and pool record in the 200 medley relay in 1:33.59. That time also was better than Saline's state record time from last years state meet. However, state records are only recognized when performed at the state meet. The relay order was David Boland (back), Josh Ehrman (breast), Michael Bundas (fly) and Adam Whitener (free).
Boland (200 IM, 100 free), Whitener (50 free, 100 back) and Ehrman (100 fly, 100 breast) each won 2 events on the day. Ehrman won the breast in 56.75 seconds to break his own pool record by almost 2 seconds.
Saline's victory was in large part to a 68-point effort by the Saline divers.
Sam Blair led the divers with his 3rd straight win of the year. Dustin Wall finished 3rd. Jacob Ehrman (Saline) qualified for the state meet in the 200 free (1:48.60). This was the freshman's first state cut.
Many Saline swimmers scored points contributing to the win. Some of these were Matt Sieffert, Nathan Barnett, Ryan Klemptner, Simon Ruscinski, Ben Pummel, Alex Calder, Jacob Aulisa, Matt Lund, Stephen Amori, Stephen Koberl, Geoffrey Duong, Austin Deal, and Lucas Allen.
Saline also won the 200 free relay in a state leading time of 1:25.63. The team was Whitener, Ehrman, Bundas and Boland. Next up for the Hornets is the Battle Creek Invitational Meet next week Saturday.
(Jon Ehrman contributed to the report.)
(This article was edited to include comments from the coach)