This Saturday the Boys Swim & Dive Team will take their four time, four in a row State Championships to Saginaw Valley State University. The D-1 meet this year will be more competitive than it has in the years past. Gone are: David Boland, Michael Bundas, Josh Ehrman, and Adam Whitener. All 4 of these young men are competing at the D-1 level in college and they were multiple time All-Americans here at Saline. As a matter of fact, NOT just in the State, but this quartet holds a National Public School record in the 200 medley relay at 1:30.02.
Coach Todd Brunty is very realistic about his team at the D-1 meet this year. He feels as though a Top 10 finish is more than realistic but feels as though his team could be 7th or 8th. “I want to see what they are going do” was his reoccurring theme. Coach went on to say “it would not surprise me to see them get 4th or 5th and it would not surprise me to see them get 12th. The competition this year is in fact, that tight. His group is young and they are rebuilding (or reloading depending upon how you look at it) and he hope that the team responds to the pressure of a big time meet.
Coach Brunty and Coach Loveland agree on the relays. The 200 Medley relay will consist of Steven Rudnick, Simon Rucinski, Ian McEwen and Ryan Klemptner. If you add up the projected splits (and Coach Brunty is always spot on) it comes out to a season best of 1:38.50 – 1:39.00 and that will place in the Top 16. The 200 Free relay will be Daniel Keith, Matt Sieffert, Ryan Klemptner and Jacob Ehrman. These 4 swimmers should go Top 8. The 400 Free relay is the same 4 swimmers and the result should also be top 8. But remembering that relays score DOUBLE in a championship meet, this is where the Hornets can make it or break it.
Individually, this is who will compete for the Hornets:
- Daniel Keith in the 200 IM and the 100 Back.
- Jacob Ehrman in the 200 Free and the 500 Free.
- Matt Sieffert in the 200 Free and the 500 Free.
- Simon Rucinski in the 100 Breast.
- Ryan Klemptner in the 200 Free.
- Steven Rudnick in the 100 Back.
- Dakota Hurbis in Diving
- Alex Calder in Diving.
Of course only time will tell but I will speak from experience when Coach Brunty is involved. He is typically spot on and tells it like it is. Prelims are on Friday and the finals are on Saturday. While SVSU is a bit of a hike, it would be great to see a large contingent of Hornets in the stands cheering for the Boys!
This is The Legacy…….