Performance of the Week: Pinckney's Tyler Ray

January 28, 2022

Tyler RayTyler Ray ♦ Pinckney
Swimming ♦ Senior

One of the state’s elite swimmers, Ray won the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly in leading Pinckney to last weekend’s Dexter Invitational junior-senior championship. Those performances were just the latest of a run this winter that has him ranking among the fastest statewide in nearly every individual event. Last season’s 100-yard butterfly champion and 100 backstroke runner-up at the Lower Peninsula Division 3 Finals also has the Pirates up to No. 4 in the latest LPD3 team rankings.

Ray’s top performances this season include the fastest statewide in the 100 freestyle (46.67 seconds) and 100 butterfly (49.30), the second-fastest in the 50 freestyle (20.90), and the third-fastest in the 100 backstroke (51.14) and 200 individual medley (1:54.75). He also ranks among the top 45 in the 200 and 500 freestyles and 100 breaststroke. He has signed to continue at University of Michigan.


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2021-22 Honorees

Jan. 21: Elle Craven, Traverse City Central skiing - Report
Jan. 14:
Nevaeh Williams, Mount Clemens basketball - Report
Dec. 2:
Lucas Dunn, Chelsea football - Report
Nov. 25:
Riley Nugent, Plainwell swimming - Report
Nov. 18:
Harper Murray, Ann Arbor Skyline volleyball - Report
Nov. 11:
Abby VanderKooi, Muskegon Western Michigan Christian cross country - Report
Nov. 4:
Arianne Olson, Holland West Ottawa cross country - Report
Oct. 28:
Jack Guggemos, Okemos soccer - Report
Oct. 21:
Sachiv Kumar, Northville tennis - Report
Oct. 14:
Kate Brody, Grand Blanc golf - Report
Oct. 7:
Lilly Nelson, Negaunee tennis - Report
Sept. 30:
Stella Chapman, Ann Arbor Pioneer swimming - Report
Sept. 23:
Riley Hough, Hartland cross country - Report
Sept. 16:
Josie Bloom, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep volleyball - Report

PHOTOS courtesy of the Pinckney boys swimming & diving program. 

Be the Referee: Swim Turn Judges

By Sam Davis
MHSAA Officials Coordinator

November 8, 2022

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Below is this week's segment – Swim Turn Judges - Listen

Did you know the officials in swimming do more than make sure everyone dives in at the same time?

Each race has a turn judge who is positioned in line with the end wall. Their job is to make sure each swimmer is executing the proper stroke during his or her turn.

For example, if you are swimming the individual medley and are in the backstroke lap, you must turn while using the backstroke. You can’t go into the breaststroke while turning. If you do, the turn judge will signal to the referee by placing one hand overhead with an open palm, and then report it to the referee after the conclusion of the race.

The referee will then decide if the turn was legal or if the swimmer should be disqualified.

Previous Editions:

Oct. 25: Soccer Referee Jersey Colors - Listen
Oct. 18: Cross Country Tie-Breaker - Listen
Oct. 11: Soccer Shootouts - Listen
Oct. 11: Safety in End ZoneListen
Oct. 4: Football Overtime Penalty - Listen
Sept. 27: Kickoff Goal - Listen
Sept. 20: Soccer Timing - Listen
Sept. 13: Volleyball Replays - Listen
Sept. 6: Switching Sides - Listen
Aug. 30: Play Clock - Listen
Aug. 23: Intentional Grounding Change
- Listen