SWIM & DIVE: Saline In the Hunt for Hardware at the State Meet

 03/10/2017 - 23:08
Matt Lau was the fastest breaststroke swimmer in the preliminaries as the MHSAA Division 1 swim and dive meet began at Oakland University Friday (file photo).

ROCHESTER – After Friday’s preliminaries Saline has a shot to come home from the MHSAA Division 1 swim and dive meet with a trophy.

Action continues at noon Saturday at Oakland University.

Scoring the preliminaries – always a dangerous proposition – puts Skyline out front of the field for the state championship, if the Eagles can hold their preliminary positions. Saline is up near the top too, a little behind Brother Rice and Holland West Ottawa. Novi and Zeeland are also in the hunt for a trophy.

Senior Daniel Keith and junior Matt Lau led the Hornets Friday.

Lau was the fastest swimmer in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 56.61 seconds -- .09 seconds faster than Catholic Central’s Jonathan Lee.

Keith placed second in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 1:37.87. Keith broke Adam Whitener’s school record of 1:38.31. Keith was also second in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in 45.79 seconds.

Saline began the day with Jared Ehrman, Lau, Robbie Amori and Josh Willwerthy taking fourth in the 200-yard medley relay. Saline finished in 1:33.78.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Keith was second in 1:37.87, .42 seconds behind West Ottawa’s Spencer Carl. Greg Wenning was 32nd and Matt Filsinger was 33rd.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Davis Klein (12th, 1:48.26) and Ehrman (14th, 1:58.63) qualified for the consolation finals.

Lau finished 12th in the 50 freestyle (21.67) to qualify for the consolation finals.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Robbie Amori finished 18th in 52.81 to qualify as an alternate for Saturday’s action.

Filsinger qualified for the championship finals in the 500-yard freestyle. Filsinger was eighth in 4:43.26. Spencer Rohloff was 23rd.

Saline’s best relay was the 200-yard freestyle. Lau, Willwerth, Wenning and Keith finished second in 1:25.57. Saline was .30 seconds behind Rice.

Ehrman qualified for the championship heat in the 100-yard backstroke. Ehrman was sixth in 51.74 seconds. Hunter Nelson was 37th.

Lau was the fastest swimmer in the 100-yard breaststroke. He finished in 56.61, .09 seconds faster than Catholic Central’s Jonathan Lee. Davis Klein qualified for the consolation finals, taking 12th in  58.99.

Saline was third in the 400-yard freestyle. Keith, Wenning, Willwerth and Ehrman finished in 3:13.49.

Saline had no competitors in the diving competition.

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