Wildcats, Huffer off to good start | Swimming

Emily Huffer swims to a state-qualifying time while winning the 50 meter free. - John Fisken / Whidbey News-Times
Emily Huffer swims to a state-qualifying time while winning the 50 meter free.
— image credit: John Fisken / Whidbey News-Times

The Oak Harbor swim team and Emily Huffer both made splashy 2012 debuts Monday, Sept. 10, with a 113-57 win over Edmonds-Woodway at John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool.

The Wildcats won nine of 12 events in the season opener, and Huffer, in her first high-school meet, earned three state-qualifying times while winning four events.

Huffer achieved state marks in the 50 freestyle (27.7),  100 backstroke (1:07.27) and the 200 medley relay (2:20.47) along with Akasha Trisler, Lauren Vagt and Irysh Concepcion.

Huffer, Trisler, Vagt and Marissa Morris captured the 400 free relay (4:26.79).

Morris, too, was a four-time winner, also taking the 400 free (5:00.32), 200 free (2:21.65) and 200 free relay (2:07.07) with Concepcion, Vagt and Mariel Empinado.

Concepcion added a first in the 100 free (1:07.74), and Trisler won the 100 breaststroke (1:21.5).

Coach Amy Merkley said, "We are off to a good start, looking strong."

She likes her team's depth and said it should help the Wildcats be a contender for the division title.

Next the Wildcats go to Marysville-Pilchuck along with Marysville Getchell at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

Other results:

Second: Trisler, 200 IM, 2:40.86; Vagt, 100 fly, 1:14.91; Mollie Briddell, 100 back, 1:18.1; 200 free relay, Sophie Dickinson, Briddell, Kennedy Trisler, Danae Nash, 2:11.21.

Third: Briddell, 200 free, 2:36.86; Hannah Schroeder, 200 IM, 2:48.32; Concepcion, 50 free, 30.11; Therese Desquitado, 100 fly, 1:22.35, 100 breast, 1:31.42; Dickinson, 100 free, 1:18.4; Nicole Vagt, 400 free, 5:27.55; 200 medley relay, Briddell, Desquitado, Nicole Vagt, Emily Schroeder, 2:26.29; 400 free relay, Empinado, Nicole Vagt, Nash, Dickinson, 5:11.49.

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