Swim: State's best, Mercer Island, tames Wildcats

Mercer Island, putting its impressive power on display, defeated the Oak Harbor swim team 109-61 Saturday, Dec. 4, at John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool.

The Islanders, who are the premier state swim program and winners of 11 state titles (including the past five), are coached by Oak Harbor graduate Chauntelle Johnson.

Johnson arranged the meet to bring her club up to her former home and to create a team-bonding experience. The Islanders arrived Friday night, ate dinner at Johnson’s grandparents’ house and spent the evening in a hotel.

Oak Harbor coach Amy Nurvic was more than happy to host Mercer Island. Nurvic is developing one of the strongest programs in the Western Conference and wants her team to be challenged by the best. Wesco doesn’t always offer much competition, Nurvic said, and meeting the Islanders is a good measuring stick.

While Mercer Island topped Oak Harbor by nearly 50 points, the score was misleading. Three of Oak Harbor’s top swimmers missed the meet. Yale Rosen was on a college visit, Jacob Jepsen was taking the SATs and Brandon Vagt had a personal obligation.

Nurvic said, “We were in survival mode; a team of missing parts.”

She added the team should be a full strength when it travels with Stanwood next Tuesday, Dec. 7, to Kamiak at 3 p.m.

After facing the state’s best, the Wildcats will now face one of Wesco’s best. Kamiak went undefeated in 2009, handing Oak Harbor one of its two losses.

Oak Harbor won just one event against Mercer Island as Price Hu took the 100-meter butterfly in a state qualifying time of 1:01.26. Coupeville’s Cole Weinstein was third in the event in 1:08.01.

Seconds: Devin Schell, 200 free, 2:14.78; Ben Cardinal, 50 free, 27.34; Hu, 100 back, 1:06.42; Josh Jepsen, 100 breast, 1:15.31; 200 medley relay, Cardinal, Jepsen, Hu, Schell, 2:03.6; 400 free relay, Hu, Jarik Bainco, Caley Powers, Jepsen, 4:07.76.

Thirds: Bainco, 200 free, 2:19.25; Jepsen, 200 IM, 2:22.87; Schell, 100 free, 1:01.92; Ryan Cuajunco, 400 free, 5:03.72; 200 medley relay, Cuajunco, Bainco, Powers, Jaxon Wolfe, 2:10.88; 200 free relay, Cardinal, Schell, Wolfe, Kevin Levy, 1:56.96.

Fourths: Levy, 200 free, 2:23.75; Weinstein, 200 IM, 2:27.58; Wolfe, 50 free, 30.98; Powers, 100 free, 1:02.34, 100 back, 1:15.13; Bainco, 100 breast, 1:21.59.

Fifths: Judd Ford, 50 free, 32.16; Levy, 400 free, 5:15.51; Cardinal, 100 back, 1:16.58; 400 free relay, Levy, Jeron Kosbar, David Kusnick, Cuajunco, 4:54.37; 200 free relay, Ford, Tucker Lundstrum, Clayton Livermore, Matt Reith, 2:15.61.

Sixths: Cuajunco, 200 IM, 2:38.77; John Kaltenbach, 100 fly, 1:16.08; Konrad Borden (Coupeville), 100 free, 1:16.23; Kosbar, 400 free, 6:07.49; Tyler Long, 100 back, 1:46.02; Kusnick, 100 breast, 1:35.05; 200 medley relay, Flint Snyder, Kusnick, Kosbar, Reith, 2:41.05; 200 free relay, Jesse Lantz, Adrian Alvarado, Cody Hernkind, Long, 2:28.56; 400 free relay, Wolfe, Ford, Bailey Rivers, Livermore, 5:22.53.

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