Skyline High School hosted its second tri-meet of the season on Thursday, January 25, at The Bird Bath. The Eagles swam against both Chelsea High School, winning that matchup 139-41, and also coming out on top of Ypsilanti Community High School, 150-8. Chelsea also won their contest against the Ypsilanti area swimmers, 106-13.
Skyline started the meet with the top two finishes in the medley relay after the A relay was disqualified. The B relay of Sam Konigsberg, Kareen El-Tawil, John Evangelista and Samuel Jyawook came in at 1:44.48, followed by the C relay at 1:59.08 – thanks to swimmers Connor Pyle, Patrick Dempsey, Atticus Dewey and Noah Boucher.
Junior Shane MacNeil powered to the top of the 200 freestyle, coming in at 1:55.60. He was followed by Russell Noble at 2:03.44. Nick Partridge placed fourth, less than a minute behind Chelsea’s Deaglan Krause and split-seconds ahead of teammate Ethan Procoppe.
Jyawook led the pack in the 200 yard IM, followed by El-Tawil and – less than a half-second behind – Keith Kozma.
Chelsea’s standout Wes Wickens took first in the 50 freestyle, followed by Skyline senior Wilson Noll. He finished the race at 22.19, as cheers of “Wilson” echoed in The Bird Bath because Noll met the challenge to get a state meet cut – and earn his team a bye from a morning practice.
He was followed by Michael MacGillivray, Ben Keith, Dempsey. Chelsea swimmer Liam Hartsuff took 6th, then the Eagles strong lineup took over with some fast but non-scoring finishes: Keegan Gardner, Evangelista, Keshav Jogaratnam and Max Barry. Two more Eagles came in under the aspirational 30 second mark: Daniel Koselka and Jack Theiss.
Skyline’s divers continued to push themselves into top finishes. Henry Schirmer took first place at 312.45, and Drew Ceely increased his degree of difficulty attempts to come in at 185.32. The diving field was rounded out by Trunks Lesueur of Ypsilanti at 151.05 and Zander Hartsuff, 141.00.
The 100 yard butterfly resulted in another first-place finish for Jyawook at 52.92, which is a state qualifying time. Ben Keith followed at 54.66, followed by Sam Konigsberg, El-Tawil and Ryan Hsia.
Wickens took the 100 free, with MacGillivray coming in second at 49.64. Noll followed, just 0.2 seconds behind and creating an exciting finish. Kozma was less than a second behind, followed by Dewey.
The 500 yard freestyle resulted in a first-place finish for Senior David Cleason, who came in at a sizzling hot 4:49.06. He was followed by MacNeil and Derek Mrachko. Three Skyline swimmers came in the unscoring positions of 4-6: Jamison Brown, Nick Partridge and Koselka.
Skylines A and B 200 free relays came in first and second. The A relay beat the state cut time of 1:31.09, with the final pad hit at 1:30.45. Swimmers were Kozma, MacGillivray, Jyawook and Cleason. The B relay came in at 1:33.81, thanks to swimmers Noll, El-Tawil, Konigsberg and MacNeil.
Procoppe came in first in the 100 back, with a time of 1:05.19. Gardner followed, then Boucher. Chelsea’s Elijah King took fourth, then three Skyline swimmers rounded out the heat: Bassem El-Tawil, Thor Clarke, and Aidan Majorprice.
The 100 breaststroke was dominated by Konigsberg, followed by Cleason, Noble and Barry.
Then Skyline’s A 400 free relay closed the night with another first-place finish, thanks to Noll, Noble, MacNeil and Kozma. The B relay came in third behind Chelsea, with Keith, Dewey, Partridge and Mrachko.
The team ends its spate of home meets on Thursday, Feb. 1, when it heads to Ann Arbor Huron for a meet against cross-town rivals, the River Rats.