Saline's girls swim and dive team posted strong results on day one of the MHSAA Division 1 finals at Holland Aquatic Center Friday.
Using unofficial scoring based on the preliminary round results, Saline sits in third place. Pioneer sits in second place, looking to make up about 20 points on Farmington Hills Mercy when the meet resumes Saturday.
Saline put girls through to championship day 18 times. Only Pioneer (19) and Mercy (24) bested Saline in that regard.
Sophomore Samantha Graden took first place in the 100-yard butterfly. Her time of 56.37 seconds was .01 seconds faster than Plymouth's Brady Kendall. Graden was the lone Hornet to take first place in the preliminary round.
The Hornets had a great start to the meet when Amelia Hayes, Emma Loveland, Anna Bosinger and Kiersten Russell took second in the 200-yard medley relay.
In the 200-yard freestyle, freshman Bella Arbaugh made it through, taking 15th in 1:55.68.
In the 200 IM, Hayes (11th, 2:08.87) and Russell (14th, 2:08.96) advanced.
Saline sent three divers to the final round. Freshman Alice English (6th, 259.2), senior Megan Mulligan (7th, 256.1) and junior Gabriel Richards (13th, 246.1) give the Hornets the most divers in the championship round.
Graden wasn't the only Hornet to advance in the butterfly. Junior Anna Bosinger (6th, 57.19) and sophomore Allison Ploutz-Snyder (16th, 59.3) will also swim Saturday.
Arbaugh also qualifed in the 500-yard freestyle, taking the 16th and final spot in 5:09.77.
The team of Bosinger, Arbaugh, Emma Loveland and Russell took ninth in the 200-yard freestyle relay, tying Plymouth in 1:38.49.
The Hornets moved three girls forward in the backstroke. Russell (3rd, 56.09) and Hayes (4th, 56.11) will swim in the championship heat. Johanna Ehrman (11th, 58.53) will swim in the consolation heat.
Senior Emma Loveland took sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.38).
Saline finished the day by taking sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Arbaugh, Megan Socha, Graden and Hayes swam the race in 3:33.82.