The Saline swim and dive team placed second at the Zeeland New Year’s Invitational Tuesday.
The Hornets finished with 398 points. Birmingham Brother Rice swam away with the meet, finishing with 572 points. Saline swam in the holiday tournament without several swimmers, including all-state senior Daniel Keith.
The Hornets were led by senior diver Dakota Hurbis and junior Matt Lau. Hurbis, the defending state champion, won the diving event by more than 80 points with a score of 497.6.
Lau won the breaststroke and earned his state cut with a time of 59.02. Lau narrowly missed another victory in the 50-yard free. He was finished second in 22.24 seconds, .03 seconds behind Brother Rice’s Jack Grady. Both swimmers earned their state cut.
Junior Jared Ehrman was second in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 54 seconds, which qualified him for the state meet. He was also was fourth in the 200 IM in 2:00.58, which also qualified him for the state meet. Davis Klein was sixth in 2:01.63.
Junior Matt Filsinger took second in the 500 freestyle and earned his state cut with a time of 4:50.95.
Greg Wenning placed second in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.5 seconds. Josh Willwerth was eighth.
Sophomore Cole Nelson was sixth in the 100-yard butterfly. He finished in 55.64.
Saline opened the meet with Jared Ehrman, Lau, Cole Nelson and Willwerth finishing third in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:38.59. Lau, Wenning, Willwerth and Filsinger helped Saline to a second-place finish in the 200-yard free relay. They finish the race in 1:31.32. Saline finished the meet by taking fourth in the 400-yard free relay. Wenning, Willwerth, Ehrman and Klein swam for Saline.