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Ann Arbor Skyline’s boys swim team launched the 2018 season with a victory December 12 against Canton High School.
The Eagles welcomed the Canton Chiefs to the Bird Bath with a schedule switch: Divers took to the water before the swimmers. Skyline’s Henry Schirmer – the defending D1 state diving champion – took first place, with a score of 239.78. Canton’s Tobias Artman-Chance followed in second place, with Skyline’s Andrew Ceely a close third.
Skyline dominated much of the meet, with the A-D 200 yard medley relays coming in 1-4. The A relay started the first swim race of the season with the team’s first state cut: with Sam Konigsberg, Michael MacGillivray, David Cleason and Wilson Noll coming in at 1:39.13, more than 2 seconds off of the 1:41.59 qualifying time.
Three swimmers took state times in the 200 yard freestyle: First-place finisher Sam Jyawook at 1:43.46, followed by Canton’s Daniel Mulle and Derek Goderis, at 1:45.47 and 1:45.91, respectively.
MacGillivray kept the heat on for Skyline, scoring a sizzling 1:56.43 in the 200 IM, taking both first and scoring a state cut that was almost a full 5 seconds below the line.
Spencer Jyawook (2:03.42) and Sam Konigsberg (2:04.51) filled out the top three.
Skyline brought home a 1-2-3 finish in the 50 free. David Cleason (22.24) came in .05 under the state cut, and he was followed by Kareen El-Tawil (23.45) and boys water polo state MVP Matteo Procoppe (23.79).
Junior Ben Keith finished first in the 100 butterfly, ahead of Isaac Fong and Daniel Mullen of Canton. Skyline’s Alex Eisman caught fourth place and the fourth time under the 1 minute mark.
The 100 freestyle was a battle, with Canton’s Derek Goderis pulling it out with a state qualifying time of 48.65. Wilson Noll (50.10) and Shane MacNeil (52.71) of Skyline filled out the top three.
Skyline senior Samuel Jyawook – a recent commit to Eastern Michigan University – swam the only state meet qualifying time in the grueling 500 freestyle race. He came in at 4:49.43, ahead of junior teammate Keith Kozma (5:02.50) and Canton’s Logan Stombaugh.
Skyline’s 200 Freestyle Relay A powered to yet another state cut, coming in at 1:30.46, thanks to swimmers Spencer Jyawook, Shane MacNeil, David Cleason and Samuel Jyawook.
The fan section was filled with Canton students, and they cheered mightily at the end of the 100 backstroke as their swimmer, Tristen Shao, took first place and earned a state cut. He battled Skyline’s Sam Konigsberg down to the wire, with Sam also earning a state cut with his swim of 54.95. Shao had suffered a death in the family that day, and he was urged to still swim – his friends where there to cheer him on, and his teammates stood beside him for the emotional win.
MacGillivray closed the final individual race of the night by crushing the state time of 1:01.59 in the 100 breaststroke. He finished at 57.55. He was followed by Josh Smith (1:02.64) and Kareen El-Tawil (1:03.10).
Skyline’s 400 free relay A – the Jyawook brothers, and recent University of Michigan commits Cleason and MacGillivray – showed their early-season power with a 3:19.31 finish, sneaking under the state time of 3:19.69.
They were followed by the Canton A relay and Skyline’s B relay of Keith Kozma, Sam Konigsberg, Ben Keith and Shane MacNeil.
The final score was 127-56, with Skyline winning the match-up.
Skyline next takes to the water on Tuesday, December 19, when the Eagles welcome Adrian to their pool.