Saline’s swim and dive team defeated Holland West Ottawa,111-75, just a few days after Holland narrowly beat last year’s Division 1 Team State Champions, Rockford. Saline captured first place in 10 of 12 events.
The Hornets started off the meet by winning the 200 yard medley relay, with Lizzy Spears, Emma Loveland, Emily Klemptner and Emily Laing clocking a time of 1:51:76. Holland’s ‘A’ relay barely beat out Saline’s ‘B’ relay (Riley Jones, Lauryn Kruse, Madeline Robison, and Kiersten Russel) to clinch second place.
Junior swimmer Maddie Luther won the 200 freestyle (1:52:77) and the 500 freestyle (5:04:48) for Saline.
Lizzy Spears easily captured wins in the 200 yard I.M (2:07:43) and 100 yard freestyle (52.86) with junior Emily Laing placing third in the 100 yard freestyle (55.07)and 50 yard freestyle (25.68). Johanna Jorgenson won the 50 yard freestyle (24.28) and was third in the 500 yard freestyle (5:09:07).
Paige Wilson (1:01:57), Madeline Robison (1:02:71), and Emily Klemptner (1:03:70) went one-two-three in the 100 yard fly, and Emma Loveland won the 100 yard breast (1:09:26).
The 100 yard back was one of two events Holland won, and freshman Kiersten Russel placed second (1:01:02), less than a second out of first place. Junior Riley Jones followed her in third place (1:01:73).
On the diving boards, Sarah Densham won the diving competition with a 231.45. Two Holland divers grabbed second and third place, and Paige Gidley was fourth with 209.2. Megan Mulligan placed fifth (191.90).
Holland was victorious in the 200 freestyle relay, beating Saline’s ‘A’ relay (Maddie Luther, Emily Laing, Sydney Kermath, and Johanna Jorgenson) by less than a second.
Saline ended their triumphant showing in Holland by winning the 400 freestyle relay by five seconds.
Saline’s swim and dive team swims against Monroe at home next week on Thursday, October 12th at 6 PM.