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Swim: 'Cats look strong in prelims, go for district crown
Oak Harbor High School swimmers recorded 14 top-five finishes in the Northwest District 1 3A preliminaries at Anacortes Friday, Feb. 11.
Those qualifiers will lead the way for the Wildcats as the attempt to capture the district crown in the finals Saturday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Shorewood, who dropped from 4A to 3A like Oak Harbor this year, posted the best times in six of the 11 events in the preliminaries and is the favorite to win the team title. The Thunderbirds are the defending 4A state champions.
Six Oak Harbor swimmers and one relay team met state qualifying times during the preliminaries.
Wildcats went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard butterfly with the top two getting state marks: Price Hu, 55.27; Brandon Vagt, 55.58; and Caley Powers, 58.75.
Jacob Jepsen hit a state time while recorded the meet’s best time in the 100 backstroke (55.89), and Ben Cardinal was fifth in the event (1:03.17).
Jepsen (2:02.59) and Hu (2:03.49) met state times while placing second and fourth in the 200 individual medley.
Yale Rosen clocked state times while finishing second in the 50 free (22.73) and 100 breaststroke (1:01.68). Josh Jepsen was fifth in the breaststroke (1:05.65).
Devin Schell was fourth in the 200 free (1:57.41).
All three Wildcat relay teams placed second in the preliminaries, with the 200 medley team of the Jepsens, Rosen and Vagt earning a state time of 1:43.
The Jepsens, Hu and Rosen clocked a 1:34.41 in the 200 free relay; and Schell, Powers, Vagt and Hu swam a 3:36.77 in the 400 free relay.
The top three finishers in each event in the finals move on to the state 3A meet along with those who met state qualifying times