It was only the season opener, but the Novi boys swimming and diving team appears to be already in mid-season form.
The Wildcats achieved five MHSAA Division 1 qualifying times en route to a runner-up finish at the 16-team Fenton Relays.
Ann Arbor Skyline captured the team title with 379 points, while Novi took second with 347. Rounding out the top five was Howell (322), Swartz Creek-Flushing (276) and Lake Orion (274).
“To get five state cuts and be competitive with a top notch team like Skyline in just the first meet is a real confidence booster,” Pohlonski said. “We are on the right track to achieving the big goals that we set for ourselves this season.”
Novi’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Ryan Katulski, Sid Kareddy, Philip Billiu and Joey Berman shattered a 32-year-old Fenton pool record with a first-place clocking of 1:30.15. Katulski’s lead-off split of 22.28 also counted towards an individual state cut in the 50 freestyle.
In the 400 freestyle relay, the foursme of Katulski, Kareddy, Alex Yuan and Berman recorded a state cut time of 3:19.33 en route to another pool record and a first-place finish. Katulski’s led the team off with a state cut time of 48.65.
Meanwhille, the quartet of Berman, Narayan Manivannan, Kareddy and Katulski went a state qualifying time of 1:40.60 and set a third pool record with a first.
Novi’s 200 butterfly team of Maxwell Williams, Brian Son, Preston Harrell and Joel Kotyk also added a first in 1:44.92.
Meanwhile, The Wildcats’ 200 medley relay team of Billiu, Manivannan, Son and Yuan added a second (3:48.46) as did the team of Manivannan, Bradley Huang, Daniel Chung and Andrew Kilponen in the 200 breaststroke relay (1:59.6).
Novi’s two-man 1-meter diving team of James Ciolli and Mitchell Russell also took runner-up honors with a total of 369.40 points.
The 800 freestyle relay team of Billiu, Anthony Rose, Williams and Justin Lee contributed a third (7:53.65).
“This was a great way to start off our season,” Pohlonski said. “The past few years we have not been able to achieve state qualifying times until the end of January or February.”