Saline had a strong day as the MHSAA Division 1 Swim and Dive finals began with a preliminary round Friday at the Holland Aquatics Center.
Based on hypothetical points from the preliminary round, Saline sits in about fifth place. Holland West Ottawa and Detroit Catholic Central appear locked in a battle for the state championship.
The Hornets got off to a flying start in the 200 Medley relay. Cole Nelson, Davis Klein, Joshua Mahaney and Joshua Willwerth placed second in 1:34.58. The all-senior relay shaved 1.5 seconds off their seed time.
Sophomore Ethan Saunders qualified for the consolation round by taking 11th place in the 200-yard freestyle. Saunders swam the race in 1:43.18. Freshman Blake Coy placed 26th.
Klein finished fourth in the 200 IM in 1:53.55 to qualify for the championship heat.
Willwerth qualified for the consolation finals by taking 15th in the 50 freestyle (21.73).
In Diving, Jason Heisler advanced past the preliminaries but was knocked out in the semifinals. He finished 20th with a score of 193.7.
Nelson placed 11th in the 100 butterfly (51.45). Mahaney joins him in the consolation round. Mahaney was 14th (51.92). Cooper Osgood was 32nd.
Coy placed 10th in the 500-yard freestyle (4:48.49) to qualify for the consolation finals.
Saunders, Willwerth, Nelson and Mahaney were 10th in the 200 freestyle relay (1:27.83) to move on to the consolation finals.
Nelson qualified for the championship round in the 100-yard backstroke by taking eighth place (54.6). Saunders made the championship round in the 100 breaststroke by taking sixth (56.71). He’ll be joined by Klein, who was eight in 56.79.
The Hornets finished the day with Willwerth, Coy, Saunders and Klein taking 11th place in the 400 free relay (3:13.79).
On the whole, nearly every Hornet who competed Friday qualified for Saturday’s championship day action.