Skyline Falls to Pioneer in Swimming Duel Meet 68-118


Peyton Oleksinski captured mid-dive during a meet earlier in the season. Credit: Jae Lee

Lucas Caswell, Sports Editor

Skyline girls swim and dive fell to crosstown rival Ann Arbor Pioneer 68 to 118 in their duel meet on September 8th. “We are getting there,” said captain Lily Cleason (‘23). “We have a lot of energy at meets and that’s all we really want in this season.” 

The meet was highlighted by a Skyline 1-2 finish in the 200 Freestyle. Cleason took first in 1:56.56, 2.76 seconds off of her season-best set the week prior. Cleason’s win was Skyline’s only win of the meet. Annabel Balazer (‘26) took second in 1:58.21.

The team of Shannon Lee (‘24), Cleason, Allie Deininger (‘24), and Balazar combined to take 2nd in the 200 Freestyle Relay in 1:41.34, not far from the Skyline Season Best of 1:40.86 and fast enough to score in the top eight at the last Division 2 State Championships.

Skyline placed second in the 200 Medley Relay in 1:57.06 to Pioneer’s 1:53.32 winning time. In the 200 individual medley, Maya Goldstein (‘26) finished second in 2:18.36, Sofia Torres (‘25) took fourth and Sophia Nielsen (‘24) fifth. The junior duo of Lee and Allie Deinginger finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 50 Freestyle.

On the 1 meter, Junior Violet Schrag took second to Pioneer’s Grace Daly (‘25) by just .4 points with a score of 185.45 to Daly’s 185.85. Payton Oleksinski (‘25) and Maddie Robbins (‘23) rounded out Skyline’s scorers with fourth and fifth places respectively.

Torres and Jorie Cho (‘23) earned 3 points with their 4-5 finish in the 100 Butterfly. Cleason and Deininger brought 6 points in the 100 free with a 2-4 finish. Balazer and Marin Heusel (‘23) combined for 7 points in the 500 freestyle with Balazar winning in a time of 5:15.90, 11 seconds under the state cut. Goldstein, Lee, and Britta Coultas (‘25) finished 2-4-5 in the 100 backstroke. Sophia (‘24) and Miranda Nielsen (‘23) combined for 3 points in the 100 Breaststroke.

 Balazer, Torres, Lauren MacNeil (‘23), and Cleason wrapped up the meet by taking second in the 400 Freestyle relay.