The Lady Hornets put themselves in line for hardware at the MHSAA Division 1 swim and dive finals at Oakland University Friday.
Based on unofficial scoring from Friday’s preliminaries, Mercy will be the favorite to take home the state championship Saturday when competition resumes. Saline is solidly in second place.
Saline couldn’t ask for much more than they got from the girls Friday.
Two girls took first place in the preliminaries. Junior Maddie Luther was the fastest in the 200-yard free. She finished in a school record 1:47.83. Sophomore Johanna Joregenson was first in the 100-yard free, finishing in 50.07 seconds to break her own school record.
Senior Lizzy Spears sits in second place in two events. In the 200 IM she finished in 2:02.05 – about three seconds behind Grand Haven’s Kathryn Ackerman, who set an MHSAA record (1:58.94). Spears was also second in the 100 butterfly, finishing the event in 54.69 to beat her own school record. Rockford’s Morgan Kraus was fastest in the preliminaries in a time of 53.96.
Luther was also second in the 500-yard freestyle. She swam the event in 4:51.67, besting her own school record. Jorgenson was third in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 23.13. Farmington’s Ashley Turak won the race in 22.83, setting a new MHSAA Division 1 record.
Saline got terrific help from freshman Kiersten Russell. She was seventh in the 100-yard backstroke (56.88). She also qualified for the consolation finals by taking 16th in the 200 IM (2:09.1).
Sophomore Emma Loveland also qualified for the championship heat in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing seventh in 1:05.27.
Senior Sydney Kermath had a big day, too. She qualified for the consolation heat by taking 11th in the 200 IM (2:08.71). Kermath also moves on in the 500-yard free, she finished ninth in 5:04.02.
Senior Emily Klemptner qualified in the 100-yard butterfly, taking 14th in 58.19.
Saline fared well in all three relays. In the 200 medley relay, Spears, Loveland, Klemptner and Emily Laing were third in 1:45.5. In the 200 frees relay, Luther, Klemptner, Kermath and Jorgenson were second in 1:35.68.
In the diving event, sophomore Paige Gidley made it through the semifinals and will compete Saturday. She’s in 15th place with 259.95 points. In the 400 free relay, Russell, Luther, Kermath and Spears were second in 3:27.4.
Several other Hornets swam, including Paige Wilson, Kelsey Robison, Emily Laing and Riley Jones. Sarah Densham also competing in diving.