Qualifying swimmers attend MISCA meet

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Senior Robert Passuth is in starting position, waiting to begin his race. Passuth has been on the Varsity Swim Team since his freshman year.

Seven swimmers qualified and attended the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Meet on February 11, with one relay close to meeting state qualifying times.
“Qualifying and competing in MISCA was cool and all, but it was really just a wake-up call that it’s time to get work done and push harder than ever,” junior Riley Greene said.
The swimmers that qualified and attended the meet include senior Robert Passuth, juniors Jack Vuduva, Riley Greene, Jose Hinojosa, Caden Sauve, Gabe Beetie, and Alexander Kulcsar.
“I was very excited when our relay first qualified,” Sauve said. “We’ve been together since eighth grade, so it was nice to go into competition with guys you know are there with the same goal as you.”
MISCA is the second level of qualifying meets. Swimmers have to meet certain time cuts in a meet during their regular season to be entered at the meet.
“We actually started hitting qualifying times towards the start of the season,” junior Jose Hinojosa said. “As soon as we put our strongest relays out there, we instantly started qualifying. It wasn’t that hard moving onto the next level, but with states coming up, we are experiencing quite a roadblock.”
Hinojosa’s 200 free relay was .01 second off of meeting qualifying times for the state meet.
“This was our first chance at MISCA in high school, the last two years got interrupted by the pandemic,” Hinojosa said. “So making it that close is extremely exciting. Hopefully, at districts, we will be able to drop that last .01 off and get to states.”
Many swimmers qualified for multiple events at MISCA, including Greene who qualified in the 200 medley relay, the 200 free relay, and individually in the 50 free and the 500 back.
“Qualifying in multiple events was good for me. It gave me multiple opportunities to do well,” Greene said. “I wish I could have done better with the opportunity but it gives me something to work for.”
To meet these times, the swimmers had to work hard at practice and improve in meets leading up to MISCA.
“I mainly had to focus on my technique and my flip turns,” Greene said.
While one relay did come .01 of a second away from qualifying for states, the other events did not come as close. The team is currently working on dropping times to make state cuts when they swim at leagues.