Tankers tune up for district

Despite losing Thursday’s WesCo North swim meet to Snohomish, Oak Harbor coach Erika Miller said there were some good times recorded and state qualifying times bettered.

The strong Panthers squad, defeated only once in league meets this season, won 10 of the 14 events to beat the Wildcats 123-71.

Oak Harbor lost just its second league dual meet of the season and finishes with a 4-2 WesCo North record.

Thursday’s meet was the final dual meet of the year for Oak Harbor prior to the North Sectionals, scheduled to begin Thursday, Feb. 7, at Marysville-Pilchuck.

John Hu, Price Hu and Tyler Schell were the only Oak Harbor competitors to win individual events.

John Hu picked up the first victory, winning the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:13.56.

“I thought I swam pretty good,” he said. “I beat the guy from Snohomish in the lane next to me, Erik Pedack, and we are sort of long-time rivals. We’ve swam against each other many times, and it’s always nice to win.”

Price Hu won the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:03.01 and Tyler Schell was the victor in the 400 freestyle with a clocking of 4:28.47.

“I didn’t get a state qualifying time today, but I’m hoping to get one at the district,” Hu said. “If not, I hope to be able to get a wild card.”

Senior Daniel Saiku turned in one of his best performances of the year, scoring 115.70 points to finish second in the diving competition.

“Snohomish has a strong team, but we had some good races today. They all did a good job.” Miller said. “I think John Hu bettered his state qualifying times, but I’m going to have to check for sure.”

Snohomish 123, Oak Harbor 71

(Oak Harbor placers)

200 medley relay — 2. John Hu, Yale Rosen, Price Hu and Bryce Vagt 1:59.65; 4. Brian Silveira, Brandon Vagt, Anthony Yockey and Chris Rankin 2:11.19. 200 freestyle — 2. Tyler Schell 2:05.60; 4. Devin Schell 2:17.59. 200 individual medley — 1. John Hu 2:13.56; 3. Brandon Vagt 2:34.11. 50 freestyle — 3. Yale Rosen 27.31; 4. Brandon Vagt 27.91. Diving — 2. Daniel Saiku 115.70 points. 100 butterfly — 1. Price Hu 1:03.01; 4. Spencer Livermore 1:08.66. 100 freestyle — 4. Bryce Vagt 1:03.15. 400 freestyle — 1. Tyler Schell 4:28.47; 3. Devin Schell 4:47.76. 200 freestyle relay — 2. Spencer Livermore, Bryce Vagt, Yale Rosen and John Hu 1:49.09; 4. Brian Silveria, Chris Rankin, Tyler Schell and Devin Schell 1:58.76. 100 backstroke — 2. John Hu 1:02.96; 4. Spencer Livermore 1:14.58. 100 breaststroke — 3. Yale Rosen 1:16.75; 4. Price Hu 1:17.88. 400 freestyle relay — 2. Tyler Schell, Spencer Livermore, Brandon Vagt and Price Hu 4:19.52.

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