Daniel Keith, Matt Lau and Dakota Hurbis and two relay teams were winners as Saline took second in the SEC swim and dive meet at Saline High School Friday and Saturday.
Saline finished with 506 points. Skyline won the event with 580. Huron was third at 378. With the victory, Skyline won the SEC Red.
“Give them credit. They were the better team here today and I think they’re going to the state meet with something to prove. But I liked what we did here today. We had a very good SEC season and we swam well today,” Saline coach Todd Brunty said. “We had a lot of guys training hard and swimming tired and they dug deep and did well today.”
Hurbis, the defending state champion diver who set a MISCA meet record two weeks ago, set the SEC Meet record with a total score of 549.5.
All these falling records and accolades are collateral damage as Hurbis guns for his true goal.
“I’m going after the state record, which is 584. I was trying to go out and hit somewhere around 550 and keep building on that. It’s just an added bonus that I ended up getting the SEC Record,” Hurbis said. “It’s been a pretty good senior year. The team is doing really good. The records are just a bonus. But it makes it a lot more fun.”
Fellow senior Daniel Keith also had a banner day as he raced at Saline High School for the final time.
Keith won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.39 and the 100-yard freestyle in 46.46. Keith was also a member of the winning 200 IM medley and 200 freestyle relay teams.
“God provided me with the strength I needed to help my team the way I wanted to,” Keith said. “This program has meant so much to me. Guys here have been nothing but supportive. Coaches have invested so much time and so much effort into me. It’s a large portion of my life and it’s an honor to be in this program.”
Saline began the day by winning the 200-yard medley relay. Keith, Lau, and Cole and Hunter Nelson won the event in 1:35.2 seconds, edging Skyline by .56 seconds.
In the 200 freestyle, Matt Filsinger finished fifth in 1:45.68 and Hunter Nelson was eighth in 1:49.68.
Davis Klein finished fourth in the 200-yard IM (1:58.26) and Jared Ehrman was fifth (1:58.63).
Keith’s first victory came in the 50-yard freestyle, which he won in 21.3 seconds. Lau was fourth in 22.24 and Josh Willwerth was eighth in 24.09.
Hurbis scored a phenomenal 549.5 to win the diving competition and set a new SEC meet record. Jack Loveland (6th, 268.35) and Collin Nouhan (7th, 255) qualified for the regional meet.
Cole Nelson finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (53.8). Robbie Amori was eighth in 54.11.
Keith’s second win came in the 100-yard freestyle. He finished the race in 46.46 seconds – a little slower than Friday, when he set the pool record (46.15).. Willwerth was sixth in 48.63 and Greg Wenning was seventh in 49.17.
Filsinger was third in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in 4:45.16.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Willwerth, Lau, Wenning and Keith won in 1:26.48, just .17 of the SHS pool record.
Jared Ehrman was third in the 100-yard backstroke (53.23). Cole Nelson (7th, 56.99) and Hunter Nelson (8th, 57.00) also swam in the finals.
Lau’s victory came in the 100-yard breaststroke, which he finished in 59.03. Klein was third in 1:00.1.
Saline concluded the day by finishing second to Skyline in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Willwerth, Wenning, Klein and Ehrman won in 3:13.49.
Brunty and the team now turn their attention to the state meet.
“I think we’re probably one of five teams that can go to the state meet and make some noise. So we’re going to work hard to get ready, swim fast and see what happens,” Brunty said.