GALLERY: Saline Swim and Dive Wins Twice in Home Opener

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 09/15/2017 - 00:58
Sydney Kermath won the 200 and 500 freestyle races for Saline Thursday.

Saline’s  girls’ swim and dive team performed at home for the first time of the season Thursday. Saline won every event and defeated Pinkney, 145-41, and Ypsilanti, 153-22.

“I thought we had a good night,” coach Todd Brunty said. “We had some girls get their state cuts early in the season, so they’re ahead of where they were last year.”

Saline opened the event taking first and second in the 200-yard medley relay. Lizzy Spears, Emma Loveland, Emily Klemptner and Maddie Luther won in 1:50.70 – easily besting the state cut time Riley Jones, Sarah Burchart, Madeline Robison and Anna Bosinger were second in 1:57.63.

Senior Sydney Kermath won the 200-yard free in 1:58.66. Senior Alexis Ploutz-Snyder was third in 2:12.3 and freshman Elizabeth Burchart was fourth in 2:14.79.

Freshman Kiersten Russell won the 200-yard IM, swimming the event in 2:15.12. Junior Kelsey Robison was second in 2:15.7 and junior Lauryn Kruse was fourth 2:22.44.

Junior Emily Laing won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.74 – as the Hornets swept the top four places in the race. Sarah Burchart, (26.34), Klemptner (26.43) and Emma Loveland (27.21) followed Laing.

Sophomore Paige Gidley won the five-meter diving with a score of 191.90. Junior Emily Marvin was third (165.65) and junior Sarah Densham was fourth (160.85).

Spears won the 100 butterfly in 57.19 – easily besting the state cut time and coming reasonably close to Serena Yan’s school record (56.75). Junior Paige Wilson was second in 1:02.75 and Ploutz-Snyder was third in 1:05.54.

Luther won the 100-yard freestyle in 52.21, picking up her state cut. Riley Jones was second in 56.69 and Sarah Burchart was fourth in 57.58.

Kermath’s second win of the night came in the 500-yard freestyle. Kermath earned her state cut by swimming the race in 5:14.63. Junior Kelsey Robison, second, just missed her state cut, finishing in 5:18.86.  Madeline Robison was third in 5:31.92.

Sarah Burchart, Wilson, Ploutz-Snyder and Annika Olsen won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.3.

Spears picked up her second victory of the night in the 100-yard backstroke. She swam the event in 58.42 Both Spears and Luther, second place in 58.97, bested the state qualifying time. Freshman Kiersten Russell also earned her state cut, finishing third in 59.69.

Sophomore Emma Loveland won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.55 – earning her state cut. Lauryn Kruse was second in 1:13.91 and Laing was third in 1:14.32.

Saline finished the night with Kermath, Robinson, Laing and Russell winning the 400-yard free relay in 3:44.8 – beating the state qualifying time. Robison, Elizabeth Burchart, Lauryn Kruse and Madelyn Turner were second in 4:07.66.


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