Saline swam past Monroe, 150-33, in varsity girls’ swim and dive competition at Saline High School Thursday.
Saline won every event. Senior Maddie Luther (breaststroke, 200 IM) and sophomore Kiersten Russell (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly) each won two events. Also winning were junior Johanna Jorgenson (500 freestyle), freshman Amelia Hayes (50 freestyle), junior Morgan Comfort (one meter diving), freshman Samantha Graden (100 freestyle), and freshman Caroline Klein (backstroke) won in individual events
Also winning were the 200 medley relay team, 200 freestyle relay team and 400 freestyle relay team.
Saline opened the contest by taking the top four spots in the 200-yard medley relay. Riley Jones, Courtney Marsh, Allison Ploutz-Snyder and Elizabeth Snyder won the event in 2:00.18 – barely beating Marissa Geberg, Lauryn Kruse, Annika Olsen and Anna Bosinger.
Russel won the 200-freestyle in 2:01.66. Eleanor Smith was second and Miranda Stanish was fifth. Luther won the 2000yard IM in 2:16.26. Madison Conlon, Ashlee Geber and Abigail Phillips finished second through fourth.
Hayes won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.9 seconds. She was followed by Graden, Grace Edwards and Audrey Cook.
Comfort won in diving with a cumulative score of 181.27. Sarah Densham, Megan Mulligan and Gabriella Richards finished second through fourth.
In the 100 butterfly, Russell won in 1:01.46. She was followed by Annika Olson and Madelyn Turner.
Jorgenson won the 500 freestyle in 5:08.68. She was followed by Hayes, Emma Loveland and Paige Wilson. Saline took the top three paces in the 200-yard freestyle. Emily Laing, Hones, Johanna Ehrmann and Russell won in 1:44.11.
Klein won the backstroke in 1:10.43. She was followed in by Courtney Marsh and Marissa Geber. Luther won the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.57. She was followed by Elizabeth Burchart, Abigail Phillips and Madelyn Turner.
Saline finished by taking the top four places in the 400 freestyle relay. Jorgenson, Hayes, Olsen and Luther won in 3:42.84.
Coach Todd Brunty said he was glad to see strong performances by some of his depth seniors like Marissa Gerber and Madison Conlon. At the same time, young swimmers like Hayes, Graden and Klein also swam well.
“It’s a tough part of the season. We’re swimming harder than ever at practice and these are long days, with practice, school, a meet like this and homework,” Brunty said. “Our girls did well here. We’re coming along.”
The Hornets picked up another SEC victory. So far, Saline has dropped one SEC meet to Pioneer.
“The SEC is tough again this year. There’s a good chance the state champ will come out of the SEC,” Brunty said.