Boys Varsity Swimming · Boys Varsity Swimming finishes 1st place at Brother Rice/West Ottawa

  Place Points
Skyline High School 1st 104
Brother Rice High School 2nd 79

Ann Arbor Skyline fired up for their most intense meet so far this season as they hosted a tri-meet at their “Bird Bath.”
Swimmers and divers from Skyline, Birmingham Brother Rice and Holland West Ottawa shared heats as each team battled the other two.
Skyline emerged victorious against Brother Rice, 104-79, but fell to West Ottawa, 102-83.
The energy on deck during the 200 Medley Relay helped set the tone for the meet, as West Ottawa took first place, then Skyline’s A relay took the race for second down to the last 25-yard swim by senior Wilson Noll, who edged out Birmingham to take 2nd. He swam with senior captains Sam Konigsberg, Michael MacGillivray and David Cleason to come in a full 4 seconds under the D1 state cut for the race. And as an indicator of how sizzing hot the race was, all three top finishers were 4 second or more under the state time. Skyline’s B relay also scored, with Matteo Procoppe, Kareem El-Tawil, Ben Keith and Shane MacNeil powering into the finish.
Samuel Jyawook kept the crowd’s attention with his 200 freestyle, edging out West Ottawa’s Julian Barrios by less than a second. Two other Eagles came in under 2 minutes and scored for the team: Keith Kozma and Atticus Dewey.
The heat kept coming in the 200 yard IM, where MacGillivray’s first-place finish came in 9 seconds under the D1 state time. Konigsberg also scored in a field full of Eagles that included El-Tawil, Keegan Gardner, Bassem El-Tawil and Daniel Koselka.
Cleason finished 3rd among the 50-yard freestylers, coming in at 22.21, edging under the aggressive state cut of 22.29. Noll finished at 22.58, and MacNeil came in at 23.50.
Skyline’s Henry Schirmer left few points on the table, scoring 322.35 to take first place. He was followed by teammate Drew Ceely in second place with 181.95.
Cleason took second in the 100 Butterfly, followed by Keith in 4th and Derek Mrachko in 8th.
The 100 yard freestyle went to West Ottawa’s Sam Smith, who edged out Brother Rice’s Jake Farr by 0.05 seconds to take the lead. Noll came in 3rd, followed by MacNeil and Procoppe. Two other Skyline swimmers swam under the 1 minute mark: Patrick Dempsey and Ethan Procoppe.
Jyawook placed first overall in the 500 freestyle, taking a 6 second lead over the closest competitor in the grueling race. Teammate Keith Kozma came in 3rd, winning a state meet bid with his time of 4:53.64. Three additional Skyline swimmers tackled the longest race of the meet: Keith, Connor Pyle and Ryan Hsia.
Skyline’s A freestyle relay came in second behind West Ottawa, with Noll, K. El-Tawil, Kozma and Jyawook swimming 1:31.31. Their B teammates came in 5th, with MacNeil, Mrachko, Gardner and Russell Noble finishing in 1:36.85.
The free relay’s first heat featured two Skyline relays – D and E – battling until the end, when Connor Pyle of the D relay touched out Keshav Jogarathnam with 0.64 seconds between them.
Konigsberg showed off his backstroke by scoring a state cut of 54.49 and placing 2nd overall. He was joined by Matteo Procoppe and Dewey as top Eagle scores, with teammate Aidan Majorprice rounding out the top 10.
MacGillivray dominated the 100 breaststroke, a race so competitive that four swimmers came in under 1 minute. Kareem El-Tawil and Mrachko also scored for the Eagles.
The meet ended the same way it started: With a dramatic relay finish. By the end, just 0.23 separated the top three finishers: West Ottawa, Skyline and Brother Rice.
Eagles swimmers powering to the 3:14.59 finish were Cleason, Kozma, MacGillibray and Jyawook.
The team celebrated the strong showings at the only regular-season weekend meet by heading out to dinner afterwards in Ann Arbor. Their next meet will be Thursday, January 18, against Pioneer at Skyline.