Swim: Marysville-Pilchuck edges Oak Harbor in battle for 1st

The third time wasn't the charm for the Oak Harbor High School swim and dive team.

Marysville-Pilchuck defeated the visiting Wildcats 98-88 Tuesday, Jan. 11, to take over the top spot of the Wesco North standings.

Oak Harbor has lost just one North meet in each of the past three years, all to the Tomahawks. Although regular season meets remain for both schools, Marysville-Pilchuck's win Tuesday most likely decided this year's North champion.

Oak Harbor coach Amy Nurvic said several times this season that she thought this would be the year that "we will get those guys." But it didn't come to pass, primarily for three reasons.

One, both teams won six of the 12 events, but M-P (6-0, 7-1) swept the top three spots in diving, the only event that one of the schools went 1-2-3.

Two, Marysville nipped Oak Harbor by .19 seconds in the meet's first event, the 200-yard medley relay.

And three, Oak Harbor was missing two swimmers, Brandon Vagt and Jarik Bainco, who were ill and normally add key depth. Had the pair been there, Oak Harbor most likely would have won, Nurvic said.

In all three of Oak Harbor's losses this year, the Wildcats were short handed. They were missing key members when they fell to undefeated Wesco South leader Kamiak (13-0) and defending state champion Mercer Island in nonleague meets earlier this season.

The Wildcats (5-1, 7-3) travel to the Kentwood Invitational this weekend and then host a strong Shorecrest (6-2) club Monday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m.

Yale Rosen (50 free, 23.44; 100 breaststroke, 1:07.5) and Jacob Jepsen (200 free, 1:51.49; 100 backstroke, 58.4) paced Oak Harbor against M-P with two individual wins and a first in the 200 free relay (1:35.66) with Ben Cardinal and Josh Jepsen.

Price Hu earned Oak Harbor's other win in the 100 butterfly (56.07).

Coupeville's Cole Weinstein was third in the 100 fly (1:00.77) and fourth in the 200 free (2:01.14).

Oak Harbor seconds: Josh Jepsen, 200 individual medley, 2:05.64; 500 free, 5:04.43; Cardinal, 50 free, 24.35; Devin Schell, 200 free, 53.92; 200 medley relay, Jacob Jepsen, Rosen, Hu, Josh Jepsen, 1:45.75; 400 free relay, Schell, Brett Vagt, Caley Powers, Hu, 3:43.86.

Thirds: Schell, 200 free, 1:58.99; Hu, 200 IM, 2:09.06; Powers, 100 free, 56.08; 200 free relay, Schell, Ryan Cuajunco, Kevin Levy, Powers, 1:45.79.

Fourths: Levy, 50 free, 25.23; 100 free, 58.29; John Kaltenbach, diving, 125.55; Brett Vagt, 100 fly, 1:05.04; 200 medley relay, Cardinal, Brett Vagt, Kaltenbach, Judd Ford, 2:00.13; 400 free relay, Cuajunco, Levy, Cedric Cabigting, Kaltenbach, 3:58.97.

Fifths: Cuajunco, 200 free, 2:10.6; 100 breast, 1:15.52; Brett Vagt, 200 IM, 2:24.5; Matt Reith, diving, 105.35; Kaltenbach, 100 fly, 1:05.68; Cabigting, 500 free, 6:33.75; Cardinal, 100 back, 1:06.51; 200 free relay, David Kusnick, Adriel Eckart, Jaxon Wolfe, Ford, 1:51.16.

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