The Division 1 second-ranked Saline Hornets Men’s Swim and Dive team started their 2017-18 campaign with overwhelming wins over Pinckney and Ypsilanti high schools. They outscored Pinckney 142 to 44 and Ypsilanti by 153 to 8.
The meet started with a 200 medley relay win (Jared Ehrman, Matt Lau, Matt Filsinger, Josh Willwerth) and division 1 state qualifying time of 1:38.38. That was followed by a win by freshman Ethan Saunders in an impressive 1:48.42. He was followed by Hunter Nelson and Cole Pelton in 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Junior Davis Klein won the 200 individual medley (2:02.15) while freshman Cooper Osgood finished second and Henry Han fourth. Matt Lau closed out the first half of the swim portion of the meet with a 22.40 win in the 50 free with junior Josh Willwerth taking second.
Saline picked up another win in diving by Colin Nouhan. Josh Birch and Jason Heissler took 3rd and 4th, respectively in the diving competition. The second half of the swimming competition began with a win in the 100 fly by Cole Nelson (54.14) with Josh Mahaney taking second. Jacob Brunty, swimming his very first 100 fly, finished an impressive 4th, followed closely in 5th by Cooper Osgood. Jared Ehrman won his first of two events in the 100 free in a state qualifying time of 48.36 seconds. Ethan Saunders was second. Matt Filsinger picked up a state cut in his only individual swim of the night with a very fast 4:44.63 in the 500 free. Saline swept the first four places in the 500 with Ethan Gerber, Danny Godell and Nick Huetteman coming in behind Filsinger.
Saline won the 200 free relay (Josh Willwerth, Ethan Saunders, Josh Mahaney, Matt Filsinger) in 1:33.93. Jared Ehrman then took the 100 backstroke in another state qualifying time of 54.54 seconds followed in 2nd and 3rd by the brothers Nelson (Cole and Hunter). The most impressive race of the evening was the 100 breaststroke where the top 3 places by Saline all were state qualifying swims. Matt Lau, taking his second event of the evening, won in 59.61. He was followed by Davis Klein (1:0.84) and Matt Hardt (1:01.44). Henry Han was fourth in the breaststroke event for a Saline clean sweep. The final event of the night, the 400 free relay, was also won by the Saline quartet of Josh Willwerth, Ethan Saunders, Matt Filsinger and Jared Ehrman.
Assistant coach Pete Loveland said “It was a nice start to the season. The upper classman swam as expected and some of the newcomers filled in the gaps nicely.”
Head coach Todd Brunty was also pleased with the start to the season. The team will take a meet hiatus for over 3 weeks with their next meet on January 6th at Rockford. In the meantime, per tradition, training over the Holiday break will be intense in preparation for the SEC conference meets throughout January and February. Saline’s next home meet is on January 18th at 6 p.m. versus Bedford. Check out Saline’s swim website to see team members and results: https://salinemenswim.shutterfly.com/.