On day one of the MHSAA Division 1 girls swim & dive finals, Saline put themselves in a position to bring home a trophy.
Based on the preliminaries, Mercy High School has a slight lead on Rockford. Saline, like Skyline, is within striking distance but needs a huge day Saturday to catch Mercy.
The Hornets had a great day Friday.
Sophomore Maddie Luther won the 200-yard freestyle preliminary in 1:49.21 – more than a second faster than Rockford’s Peyton Raburn. Luther broke the school record of1:50.15, which was set by Amelia Armstrong-Grant in 2014.
Luther was also fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:55.68.
Senior Cam McPherson, the defending state champion, is in first place after two rounds of one-meter diving. She has a score of 348.5 after the semifinals. Skyline’s Zain Smith is second (3:39.35). McPherson made up ground in the semifinals after sitting more than 10-points behind Smith following the preliminary round.
Junior Lizzy Spears was third in the 200-yard IM in 2:03.53. Spears also placed seventh in in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.44.
Freshman Johanna Jorgenson had a strong day, taking fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (51:02) and sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (23.8).
All three Saline relay teams qualified for the championship heat.
The Hornets won the 400-yard freestyle in 3:27.54. Swimming for Saline were Jorgenson, Luther, Maddy Murphy and Lizzy Spears. The foursome broke the school record of 3:28.13 set in 2014.
Jorgenson, Luther, Gross and Sarah Burchart placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:36.63).
In the 200-yard medley relay, Maddy Murphy, Spears, Emily Klemptner and Lisa Gross were fifth in 1:45.81.
Murphy, a senior, qualified for the consolation round in the 100-yard fly (15th, 58.56) and the 100-yard backstroke (14th, 58.59).
Sophomore Lauryn Kruse qualified for the consolation round in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing 14th in 1:07.40.
Klemptner, a junior, qualified as a reserve in the fly (19th, 59.88).
Sydney Kermath was 19th in the 500-yard freestyle (5:09.77) and 24th in the 200-free style (1:56), Kelsey Robinson was 34th in the 200 yard IM (2:14.73), Gross was 21st in the 50-yard freestyle (24.62), Paige Wilson was 29th in the 100-yard fly, (59.96), Sarah Buchart was 22nd in the 100-yard freestyle (53.78) and Emma Loveland was 24th in the 100-yard breaststroke.