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SWIMMING: Riverview, Woodhaven open seasons with wins

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With a brand new scoreboard and timing system in their refurnished pool, the Riverview Pirates broke in their new digs with a season-opening home victory over Dearborn on Wednesday.

The Bucs used a number of seconds and thirds to defeat the Pioneers 100-70.

Despite winning only four events, Riverview’s depth led them in what was likely a preview to future Pirate victories throughout the 2012-13 season.

“It’s just the way we’re built,” Riverview Coach Sean Kelly said. “It’s not just the places, but it’s their times that are so close that it’s hard for teams to get in the middle of that.”

“It’s a good, teachable moment, too, because I can tell the kids that everyone matters. It doesn’t matter if you’re third or fourth because it’s the fourth-place kid that’s pushing the kid in third.”

Riverview’s Nicolas Guthrie and Ryan Pickell went 1-2 in the 50-free and Pickell, Nick Diroff and Morgen Gardocki went 1-2-3 in the 100-free.

Jake Hosier took first in the breaststroke and Pickell, Gardocki, Diroff and Guthrie won the 200-free relay.

The team of Adam Ellington, Hosier, Guthrie and Pickell finished second in the medley relay, but finished with a MISCA meet qualifying time.

The meet was the first opportunity for the Bucs to try out the new scoreboard, timing system and lane markers that were put in during the offseason thanks to some major contributions from the booster club.

“We’ve put a lot of work in since the spring time to make sure it got off the ground and our booster club worked really hard,” Kelly said. “It looked really snazzy in that first meet.”

Riverview divers competed at the SMISL relays on Friday and the swimmers hit the pool on Saturday for the SMISL relays at Dundee.

The Bucs will host Woodhaven on Tuesday and will remain home on Thursday for a meet against Cabrini.

Woodhaven wins quad

The Woodhaven Warriors opened the season in impressive fashion on Thursday by sweeping three teams at the Dundee Christmas Quad.

The Warriors defeated Ypsilanit 120-55, Ypsilanti-Lincoln 126-49 and host Dundee 96-89.

Woodhaven won eight of 12 events led by double winners David Erickson (200-free, fly) and Zach Holt (200 IM, 500-free).

Other individual winners included Wesley Moilanen in the 100-free and Ryan Wiencek in the breaststroke.

In the 200-free relay, Erickson, Moilanen, Hot and Damien Straub teamed for a first-place finish and a MISCA cut. Erickson led off the relay and his 50-free time qualified for the MISCA meet.

“Overall, it was a very promising meet that illustrated much of the potential that we hope to continue to develop as the season continues,” Woodhaven Coach Tarran Johnson-Lemieux said.

Last Updated: 12/7/2012 2:26:00 PM EST