Saline was up to an early season challenge from 3 top 10 teams on Saturday afternoon. Saline swam well across the board to defeat Brother Rice, Catholic Central and Livonia Stevenson. The meet had 46 swims under the D1 state meet qualifying standard and had a total of 5 pool records broken.
The times were unusually fast for a sport where they athletes start relative slow and peak at the state finals.
"We're fast now. We're going to get faster," said Josh Ehrman, last year's D1 Swimmer of the Year.
Saline led off by blitzing the medley relay in 1:34.54, which was only a half second off their D1 state record time set last year. The team featured David Boland (back), Josh Ehrman (breast), Michael Bundas (fly) and Matt Sieffert (free). They were over 5 seconds ahead of 2nd place Stevenson. Adam Whitener followed with a win in the 200 free (1:41.78) over Rice's Joe Krause (1:43.38).
In a fantastic race Stevenson's Nick Arakelian outswam Saline's Josh Ehrman over the last 25 to win the 200 IM in a pool record 1:50.63. Ehrman also was over a second under his old pool record in 1:51.22. With Boland in the mix in March this should be a great race in March at the state meet. Arakelian and Ehrman met later on in the 500 free with Arakelin winning again in 4:37.37.
David Boland set 2 pool records in individual events. He won both the 50 free (21.11) and 100 back (51.05). But he saved his best for the last event. Anchoring the 400 free relay and entering the water in 3rd place he split 45.71 to pull out a win that was only 0.09 seconds off the current pool record. He teamed with Adam Whitener, Jacob Ehrman and Matt Lund for the win.
Whitener got into the pool record mix with a 46.28 for the 100 free. He also led off the winning 200 free relay in 21.24. Other swimmers on the relay were Michael Bundas along with Jacob and Josh Ehrman. Their winning time was 1:27.39.
Saline's divers were also stellar. Led by the state's leading diver, Sam Blair, Saline took places 1 through 4. He was followed by senior Dustin Wall, freshman Alex Calder, and senior Jacob Aulisa.
Other winners on the afternoon were Michael Bundas (Saline) in the 100 fly (53.36) and Ryan Newman got Catholic Central's lone win the the 100 breast (1:01.78). Saline had several other D1 state meet qualifiers including Stefan Koberl (200 IM), Michael Bundas (50 free), and Matt Sieffert (500 free).
Coach Todd Brunty said it he was pleased to see the strength of the team's depth.
"You know what you're going to get from your all-staters. The question you have is whether your second tier guys are going to rise to the occasion. Today, they they really stepped up and showed what they're going to do for the team this year," Brunty said.
Brunty said credited year-round training for all the records that fell.
"We've got a few boys who train year-round. Some years, they have a big tournament in December that they taper off for. They didn't have that. So they're coming in ready to go," Brunty said.
Saline returns to action during the holiday training period at the Zeeland Invite on December 28th. Follow Saline athttp://salinemenswim.shutterfly.com/.