Saline’s varsity boys swim and dive team placed eighth at the Division 1 state championship held at Eastern Michigan University Friday and Saturday.
Saline finished with 116 points. Skyline, the SEC Red Champs, won the state title with 274 points.
The Hornets’ finish was in large part determined Friday during the preliminaries.
On Saturday, the challenge was to make the best of what was left – and for the most part they did that.
The event began with Davis Klein, Matthew Lau, Cole Nelson and Joshua Willwerth finishing sixth in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:34.44 – a .43 second improvement on Friday’s time.
Klein won the consolation final in the 200-yard IM. He swam the race in 1:54.3 seconds – a little faster than Friday’s time. Matthew Filsinger finished 12th in 1:55.1 seconds – a full second faster than Friday’s time.
Lau won the consolation final in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.63 to take ninth overall.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Cole Nelson took .09 seconds off Friday’s time to finish in 51.83 seconds and take 15th overall. Jared Ehrman also shaved time off his preliminary race in the 100-yard freestyle. Ehrman was 11th in 46.72 seconds.
Matt Filsinger won the consolation final in the 500 yard freestyle. He finished in 4:39.19 seconds, .51 seconds faster than Friday’s time. Filsinger finished ninth in the state.
Lau, Ehrman, Willwerth and Ethan Saunders finished sixth in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 1:25.84 seconds – a full half second faster than Friday’s time.
Ehrman took 11th in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 53:04. It was the last individual race for a member of the Ehrman dynasty in the Saline swim and dive program. But he wasn’t done yet. He went right back to work in the 400-yard freestyle relay, joining, Nelson Saunders and Filsinger as they finished in 14th in 3:11.73 – almost a full second faster than Friday’s time.