Hornets Begin Drive For Fourth Straight State Championship

 12/21/2012 - 01:09

The Saline Hornets boys’ swim and dive began their quest for a fourth straight state championship Thursday night with a 148-35 win over Ypsilanti.

Saline won every single event and David Boland set a Saline High School pool record in the 100 fly with a time of 49.98.

State champions Boland and Adam Whitener each won two events individually. Ehrman, last year’s D1 swimmer of the year, won the 200 freestyle. Whitener won the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. Boland won the 100 fly and 100 breaststroke. Michael Bundas won the 100 freestyle in a D1 qualifying time. Nathan Barnett won the 500 freestyle event. Freshman Jacob Ehrman won the 50 freestyle. Sam Blair won the diving event.

Saline opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay. Whitener, Boland, Austin Deal and Stefan Koberl finished in 1:41.31.

Ehrman led the Hornets to 1-through-4 sweep in the 200 freestyle. Bundas, Matt Sieffert and Lucas Allen followed him. Whitener, Geoffrey Duong and Simon Rucinski took the top three spots in the 200 IM.  Freshmen Jacob Ehrman and Patrick Ogden went 1-2 in the 50.

In diving, it was all Hornets. Sam Blair, Dustin Wall, Jacob Aulisa and Hayden Smith finished in the top four spots.

Boland, the school record holder in the 100 fly, set a pool record by finishing in 49.98 seconds, breaking the record of 51.21 set in 2007 by Jason Hass. Boland was followed in by Koberl, Deal and Max Duong. Bundas won the 100 freestyle in a D1 time of 48.28. Jacob Ehrman, Matt Lund and Allen followed as Saline took the top four spots.

Junior Nathan Barnett took the 500 free. He was followed in by Simon Rucinski, Stephen Amori, and Enrico Morelli.

Saline teams took the top three places in the 200 freestyle relay. Bundas, Sieffert, Ryan Klempter and Deal won the event in a D1 time of 1:32.22. Jacob Ehrman, Lund, Allen and Geoffrey Duong were second. Max Duong, Robert Calimente, Sam Blair and Matt Wilson were third.

Whitener posted a great time in the backstroke. He finished in 52.53 seconds, just .41 seconds off Boland’s school record time. He was followed by Josh Ehrman, Koberl and Steven Rudnik.

Boland won the 100 breaststroke.

Saline relay teams finished 1-2-3 in the 400 relay.

Koberl, Bundas, Josh Ehrman and Boland won the event in 3:21.03, making the D1 cut. Rucinski, Amori, Ben Pummel and Rudnik were second. Barnett, Morelli, Brendan Burgess and Chad Wilson were third.

The Hornets host a couple of the top teams in the state Saturday in a meet that begins at noon.

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