It wasn’t your typical senior night celebration at the Saline High School swimming pool Thursday night. After all, the senior class members of the Hornets’ swim and dive program have had an incredible run, winning state championships in their freshman and sophomore years and finishing a close second in their junior year.
Coach Todd Brunty and the swim and dive program honored his nine seniors and their parents after the diving portion of Thursday’s tri-meet, during which Saline defeated Brighton (123-63) and Ann Arbor Huron (124-62).
“They are an incredible group of young ladies. This team with this senior class leadership has gone undefeated in the regular season for the last three years. They are two-time state champions and only 14 points removed from being three-time state champs. And our seniors are looking to add another banner to the pool,” Brunty said. “These girls have set the standard for this program that everybody will look up to for a long, long time.”
There are nine seniors on this year’s team. Maddy Frost, Emily Lau, Erika Glatz and Melanie Schroeder are senior captains. Caitlin Cunningham, Cristina Czyrka, Morgan Mervis, Sam Tommelleo and Mellissa Ungkuldee make up the rest of the senior squad.
Over the years, the seniors have watched their predecessors honored on senior night.
Maddy Frost called it a bittersweet experience.
“When I was younger, it didn’t seem like something that would affect me as much as it did. This team has made such a big impact on my life and it really hits you hard,” Frost said.
Erika Glatz said senior night caused moments of reflection.
“I can remember back to my freshman year and the energy we had here. And it’s still here today,” Glatz said.
Glatz said it’s been an honor to be part of such a great program.
“We have a great group of ladies. The people who came before us set an example for us to follow,” Glatz said. “We learned a lot along the way and we’re just trying to pass that on.”
Frost said she’s proud of the way this year’s team has come together.
“We’ve really become whole this year. Other teams in the past have been really good. But I think we’ve come together this year in a way that’s really special,” Frost said.
When asked what she’s most proud of, individually, Frost doesn’t bring up the state titles or school records.
“I’ve become mentally tougher and I feel like I can endure anything to reach my goals,” Frost said.
And when asked about her goals for the rest of the season, Frost takes the long view.
“I hope to create memories that will last forever and make me feel really good about high school and the experiences I’ve had here,” Frost said.
Coach Todd Brunty thanked the parents, many of whom have been involved with the swim program for 10 and 15 years, for working behind the scenes and allowing him to focus on coaching swimming.