Even though the Saline boys' swim and dive has taken first place in eight out of 11 swimming events and setting state and national records, the Hornets are in a virtually dead heat with Brother Rice after preliminaries.
By The Saline Post's very unofficial tally, if preliminary swimming results hold up (and they won't), Saline would be a single point back of Brother Rice. Saline was 34 points behind Brother Rice going into the diving events. Saline got strong finishes from Sam Blair (third), Dustin Wall (7th) and Alex Calder (12th). Brother Rice has no divers in the finals.
Here are the highlights from Friday's premiminaries:
In the 200 medley, Saline finished first and set a state record and national public school record. The record was set by David Boland, Josh Ehrman, Adam Whitener and Michael Bundas.
Adam Whitener took the 200 meter freestyle preliminary in 1:39.00, his fastest time of the year by almost three seconds. Jacob Ehrman finished 18th (1:45.54) and is second alternate for the finals. Matt Lund was 33rd.
Josh Ehrman was first in the 200 IM in 1:48.30, more than a second faster than the second place finisher. Stefan Koberl helped Saline's cause in a major way by finishing eighth and qualifying for the championship heat. Lucas Allen was 22nd.
Michael Bundas was first in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.21. He shaved .36 seconds off his best time.
David Boland broke his own state record in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 48.59 seconds, nearly three seconds faster than the second place finisher. Koberl also placed 11th and will swim in the consolation heat. Matt Sieffert was 17th and is an alternate. Geoffrey Duong was 29th.
Adam Whitener was first in the 100 freestyle in 44.81 seconds. Last year he won the event in 45.37 seconds. Bundas was fifth and will help the Hornets pick up important points.
Matt Sieffert was 19th in the 500 freestyle. Jacob Ehrman was 24th.
Josh Ehrman, Michael Bundas, Lucas Allen and Adam Whitener were second in the 200 freestyle relay. They were. 09 seconds behind Brother Rice. Reversing that result Saturday would be a huge, 12-point swing.
David Boland won the 100 backstroke in a Division 1 Record 50 seconds. Steven Rudnik placed 31st and Matt Lund was 32nd.
Josh Ehrman was first in the 100 breaststroke in 56.15 seconds. Simon Rucinski was 20th.
The 400 free relay team was fifth in 3:31.35 seconds. Swimming were David Boland, Lucas Allen, Matthew Sieffert and Stefan Koberl.
After the semifinals, Sam Blair was third in diving with 290.95 points. Blair bounced back in a major way after a difficult preliminary. Dustin Wall was seventh with 274.25 points. Alex Calder was 12th with 262.95. Ethan Johnson finished 20th with 229.30 points.
(This article was modified after the diving results came in)
Tran Longmoore is a veteran community journalist. He is founder and owner of TheSalinePost.com. He is co-publisher of The Saline Post weekly newspaper. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 734-272-6294.