Crowds at the Michigan stadium may be spirited on a home football Saturday, but they have nothing on the fans and swimmers and divers that filled Huronâs Ratatorium Thursday night, August 24th for the Annual âHuron Relays.â For the 16th consecutive year, talented divers and swimmers from 8 area teams competed to open the High School Girlsâ Swim/Dive season. It is one of the largest meets in the state all season, and without question, the loudest. Final scores were as follows: Saline (484); Northville (368); Dexter (358); South Lyon (354); Skyline (316); Huron (284); Brighton (282) and Pioneer (238).
Huronâs robust diving squad, coached in perpetuity by Brad Huttenga, boasts ten divers this year, and all competed. Junior Becca Darnell and freshman Annie Costello took an admirable 2nd , and sophomore Anna Boerst and senior/captain Morgen Heissenbuettel, 10th. Also diving for the Rats were newcomers freshman Samantha Vessels and sophomore Nour Moussaed, returning junior, Brooke Brenner, and returning sophomores Ciara Beveridge, Emmy Seth, and Sami Ruud.
In the swimming portion of the meet, Huron showcased some bright freshman talent, as speedster Abbey Ketslakh led off the 400 Free relay with a D1 state cut time of 52.59, and propelled the Rats to 4th overall in the eventâand a D1 state cut time for the relay–together with teammates junior Yu Jin Hyun, and seniors Hannah Parrish and Jewel Huang. Ketslakh also contributed to Huronâs 4th place finish in the 200 Free relay (junior Yu Jin Hyun, Ketslakh, and seniors Parrish and Jewel Huang) and their 6th place final in the swum-only-at-this-event 800 Free relay (Parrish, Ketslakh, freshman Emily Tran and Huang). The 200 Fly relay, another event swum only at these Relays, was another bright spot for Huron, just edged out of 4th by Brighton (1:54:74) with their 1:55:01 finish (Senior/captain Laura Deng, junior Olivia Figueroa, Tran and Hyun). Huron warmly welcomes other new freshmen Annaliese Streeter, Amaris Beal, Sophie Getzen, and Amelia Conatser, along with Finnish exchange student, and Finnish National Ice Hockey Team member, Mikaela Saukkonen.
The swimming Rats are coached again this year by Andrea Stanczyk, who is assisted by Jennifer Zakrajsek and Eric Stanczyk, with poolside consulting frequently offered by Ripley Stanczyk.
Huron’s next contest is at home, Tuesday, September 5, where they will play host to So. Lyon. The meet starts off at 6 pm.