Riverview swimmers are runners up at SMISL

The Riverview boys varsity swimming and diving team competed in the SMISL League Meet this past month. 

The Pirates competed hard, upset Dundee and finished runner-up to Woodhaven. 

Divers Nic Acton and Wyatt Breezee started off strong on March 15, finishing ninth and 11th place, qualifying them to advance to the regional diving meet.

The swimming portion of the league meet took place on March 20 at Belleville and featured over 74 personal best swims. The Pirates took a nine-week season – a season cut short because of Covid-19 delays – and accomplished what would have been impressive even with the full 15 weeks of a normal year.

The overall tone of the meet started off strong as the medley relay of Gavin Ziliak, Gavin Rose, Ben Johnson, and Eric Pickell placed third overall and qualified for the Division 3 state finals in the process. 

The “B” Medley of Zachariah Thomas, Dorian Saraci, Josh Lavrack, and Ben Shaw also scored by placing 8th in the event and the “C” Medley of Angelo Male, Andrew Weimer, Muhammed Eliwat, and Justin McMenemy dropped time as well.

The second event of the day was the 200 freestyle, where Pickell swam a time of 1:58.79, placing him fifth in the event. Nathan Crout, Sam Polgar, and Gavin Shelton swam times of 2:00.25, 2:03.03, and 2:16.70 earning seventh, 10th and 15th place, respectively.

Rounding out the middle-distance events of the day were Wyatt Pirtle, Saraci, and Gunnar Pirtle who competed in the 200 individual medley. They finished seventh, 12th, and 18th with times of 2:17.88, 2:27.53 and 2:42.61, respectively.

Plenty of Pirate sprinters competed in the 50 freestyle, which was just one of the many events that saw big drops in time across the board. Rose (24.65), Polgar (24.80) and Shaw (25.25) scored by placing seventh, eighth, and 11th. Additional swimmers included Peter Gekas (26.86), Shelton (26.94), Eliwat (27.96), Weimer (28.48), Logan Carney (28.80), McMenemy (28.81), and Male (28.99).

Some big contributors to the successful meet were Rose, Thomas, and Lavrack who placed sixth, eighth, and 11th in the 100 butterfly with times of 59.21, 1:01.31 and 1:04.23. 

In the 100 free that followed, Johnson had the highest finish of the day for the Pirates, finishing second in the event with a time of 50.17, earning himself a D3 State qualifying time. Pickell (53.13), Pirtle (55.43), and Ziliak (55.46) also scored with fourth, 11th, and 12th place finishes. Gekas (1:03.76), Carney (1:04.43), and McMenemy (1:06.32) also dropped time in their freestyle swims.

The distance crew crushed the 500 free and finished fifth, seventh, and 12th as Lavrack, Crout, and Eliwat scored with times of 5:33.32, 5:37.60, and 6:40.02, respectively. 

Immediately following that race, the 200 free relay teams of Johnson, Polgar, Rose and Pickell placed 3rd; Shaw, Saraci, Crout and Wyatt Pirtle placed 5th; and Shelton, Gekas, McMenemy, and Carney placed 12th.

Scorers in the 100 backstroke scorers included Thomas (1:04.06), Johnson (1:04.19), Ziliak (1:04.96), and Male (1:09.26) with sixth, seventh, eighth and 11th place finishes, respectively. 

The final individual event of the day saw Saraci (1:13.16), Shaw (1:19.23), and Weimer (1:19.27) finishing eighth, 11th, and 12th in the 100 breaststroke.

Concluding the meet were the 400 free relay teams of Polgar, Wyatt Pirtle, Crout and Ziliak, who placed fifth; Lavrack, Gekas, Shelton, and Thomas, who placed ninth; and Eliwat, Carney, Male, and Gunnar Pirtle, who placed 14th.

The following day, Riverview hosted Woodhaven, Allen Park, Wyandotte, Cabrini, and Detroit Catholic Central for a “Last Chance Meet” at the newly renovated Seitz Middle School Pool. 

Polgar joined Johnson, Rose and Pickell in the 200 free relay to earn another state cut. Johnson also qualified for his second individual event in the 100 backstroke, swimming 58.68.

Thomas and Shaw rounded out the state team as alternates as the Pirates competed at the MHSAA D3 State Finals at Holland Aquatic Center on Saturday, March 27. 

Congratulations on a safe and successful season, boys!

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