Saline placed a strong fourth place at the MHSAA Division 1 swim and dive meet held Friday and Saturday at the Holland Aquatic Center.
The Hornets set themselves up well in Friday when nearly every Hornet found a way to qualify for Saturday’s action – and the points that come with it. Saline finished with 144 points. Holland West Ottawa won the event with 248 points – eight better than Detroit Catholic Central. Hudsonville was third with 164.
Saline bested their SEC Red Rivals Skyline (5th, 138), Pioneer (6th, 136) and Huron (15th, 46).
The Hornets opened the afternoon by taking second in the 200-yard medley relay. The all-senior relay featured Cole Nelson, Davis Klein, Joshua Mahaney and Joshua Willwerth. They swam the race in 1:34.74. (The all-class record is still held by the Saline fabulous four of David Boland, Josh Ehrman, Michael Bundas and Adam Whitener, who completed the race in 1:30.01 in 2013).
In the 200-yard free relay, sophomore Ethan Saunders was 10th, finishing in 1:42.23. Saunders was the second fastest sophomore in the race.
Klein finished third in the 200-yard IM. He finished in 1:51.87 - dropping more than 1.5 seconds from Friday’s time to move up a position.
Willwerth finished 14th in the 50-yard freestyle (21.87). Mahaney swam the 100-yard butterfly in 51.89 to finish 12th, one spot ahead of Nelson, who finished in 51.99.
Freshman Blake Coy placed 12th in the 500-yard freestyle. Coy swam the race in 4:44.43. He was the third fastest freshman in the race.
Saline had a great swim in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Saunders, Willwerth, Nelson and Coy swam the race in 1:26.44 to win the consolation finals heat. Saline’s time would have placed fourth in the championship heat. The Hornets were 1.39 seconds faster than they were Friday.
Nelson took eighth in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 54.16 seconds.
The Hornets had two swimmers in the 100-yard breaststroke championship heat. Klein placed fifth in 56.33 – edging Saunders, who was sixth in 56.65. Both shaved time off their preliminary times.
Saline finished the afternoon with another strong performance in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Willwerth, Coy, Klein and Saunders swam the even in 3:10.05 – nearly four seconds faster than Friday’s time. Saline won the consolation finals heat.