Swimming: Huron records plenty of strong swims despite loss to Dexter

By Margaret Baker – For WLAA

The Huron girls’ swimming and diving team hosted Dexter on Thursday at the Ratatorium and fell to the talented Dreadnaughts 103-80 in an SEC Red dual-meet.

There were many great swims for the Rats, starting with the “A” team (sophomore Sawako Sakamoto, and senior/captains Emma Kaipainen, Cali Streeter, and Zannah Baker) taking 1st in the 200 Medley Relay (2:00.66) and the “B” (seniors Margo Leone and Ayaka Sakamoto, and sophomores Shayla Pawlicki and Lucy Schneidewind) taking 3rd (2:13.87).

Captain Baker won both her events, the 50 Free (25.12) and the 100 Free (56.74), while Captain Kaipainen took 1st in the 200 IM (2:19.28) and 2nd in the 100 Breast (1:11.66) just behind Dexter’s Delaney Parker (1:10.99).


Other Huron event winners were S. Sakamoto in the 100 Fly (1:03.91) and the 100 Back (1:01.84); senior Kathryn Hemmila in the 500 Free (5:38.57); and the 200 Free relay squad of Kaipainen, Baker, sophomore Ece Uyulur, and Hemmila (1:46.92).  Hemmila was also 2nd in the 200 Free (2:05.29).

Also putting points on the board for Huron were senior Ezgi Poyraz (5th in the 200 Free; 2:15.09; and 5th in the 100 Free; 1:05.66); A. Sakamoto (5th in the 200 IM; 2:32.72); Schneidewind (5th in the 50 Free; 29.28); Streeter (4th in the 100 Fly; 1:13.32; and 5th in the 100 Breast, 1:21.69); Uyulur (5th in the 100 Fly; 1:23.71); Pawlicki (4th in the 500 Free; 6:14.17); senior Margo Leone (5th place points in the 100 Back; 1:15.57).  Finally, Huron’s “A” (S. Sakamoto, Uyulur, Poyraz, and Hemmila) took 2nd in the 400 Free Relay.

Huron will host Saline next Thursday. The meet starts at 6 p.m.