Saline swam past Adrian 152-34 in the Hornets’ first dual meet of the season Thursday.
The Hornets, a state powerhouse in swim and dive, predictably dominated the meet. Saline not only won every event, they finished first and second in every event. They finished first, second and third in nine of 12 events.
Junior Lizzy Spears, sophomore Maddie Luther and freshman Johanna Jorgenson each won two events. Spears won the 200 IM and 100 backstroke. Luther won the 200 and 500 freestyle. Jorgenson won the 50 and 100 freestyle. Each girl earned their state cuts in those aces.
Sophomore Paige Wilson won the 100 fly and Emma Loveland won the 100 breaststroke. Loveland, a freshman, earned her state cut. Saline also swept the relays. Defending state champion Cam McPherson won in diving.
It was a long dual meet. Saline Coach Todd Brunty said it was important for the girls to see race action.
“Adrian was really patient with us and they were good sports about it. But we needed to get our girls in these races so we can see where they are and wee what we need to work on,” Brunty said. “Over all it was a good night. Some girls got their state cuts. Some girls swam well. Others didn’t have a great night. But the important thing is now we know what we need to work on in practice.”
Brunty had taped last year’s times on the office window so the girls could see their progress.
Saline started by taking the 200 medley relay. Spears, Loveland, Wilson and Eleanor Smith won the event in 1:57.29. Maddy Murphy, Mara Majer, Lisa Gross and Marissa Gerber were second in 1:58.68.
Sophomore Maddie Luther won the 200 freestyle in 1:53.19. She was followed by juniors Sydney Kermath, Sarah Burchart and Madeline Robison.
Junior Lizzy Spears won the 200 IM in 2:07.4, She was followed by Murphy, Robison and Loveland.
Freshman Johanna Jorgenson won the 50 freestyle in 24.50. She was followed by Gross and Emily Laing.
Cam McPherson won the diving with a score of 290.65. McPherson, a senior, is the reigning state champion. Sophomore Sarah Densham (191.8) was second freshman Paige Gidley was fourth (172.15).
Sophomore Paige Wilson won the 100 fly in 1:01.52. She was followed by Robison, Burchart and Emily Klemptner.
Jorgenson won the 100 freestyle in 53.44. She was followed by Gross, Riley Jones and Cassie Anderson.
Luther won the 500 freestyle in 4:55.54 – beating the state cut time by more than 20 seconds. She was followed by Kermath, Laing and Fitch.
Burchart, Jorgenson, Gross and Luther won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.81 to earn a state cut. Robison, Sam Fitch, Kermath and Laing finished second.
In the 100 backstroke, Spears won in 58.56, getting her state cut by 2.03 seconds. She was followed by Murphy, Anderson and Jones.
Freshman Emma Loveland made her state cut and won her first dual meet race in the 100 breaststroke. She swam the race in 1:08.83. She was followed by Lauryn Kruse, Klemptner, and Madison Miller.
Saline finished by winning the top 5 places in the 400 freestyle relay. Luther, Jorgenson, Spears and Laing won the race in 3:36.06, making the state cut by more than nine seconds. Burchart, Kermath, Jones and Murphy were second.
The Saline Post 3 Stars
1) Maddie Luther - The Saline sophomore won two races and two relays and got state cuts in all four races.
2) Johanna Jorgenson - After a strong performance at the Huron Relays, the freshman showed more promise Thursday, winning the 50 and 100 freestyles, getting her state cut in each event. She also swam in two winning relays that got their state cut.
3) Lizzy Spears and Cam McPherson - Spears won two events and helped two relay teams win. Spears got her state cut in the IM and backstroke and helped one of those relay teams get their state cut. So Spears will be at the state finals when McPherson attempts to defend her state title. McPherson was in mid-season form, competing at a higher level as she won the diving event Thursday.