Wildcats drown Bruins

The Oak Harbor High School swim team needed a victory like the one earned Thursday afternoon at John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool.

Coming off two straight losses, the last one a crushing defeat by Jackson, the Wildcats took to the water against Cascade with a lot of enthusiasm and determination.

As a result Oak Harbor won every event, most of the time finishing first and second, and captured first, second and third place-finishes in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly, and cruised to a 134-44 victory over the Bruins.

“It boosted our morale a little bit,” coach Erika Miller said. “They had a lot of fun today and it was nice to do it at home, too.”

Oak Harbor opened the meet finishing first and second in the 200 medley relay.

The team of Lily Doyle, Rachel Weinstein, KeriAnne Wright and Carolyn Vasquez won in a time of 2:20.02, and the second place team of McKenna Yockey, Maddie Shipley, Tori Nickerson and Kim Klieman finished at 2:26.45.

Wright also won the 200 freestyle, the 100 butterfly and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay team.

“I’m very sore and tired,” Wright said after completing the 100 butterfly event. “I had practice this morning and it was really hard.”

Weinstein won the 400 freestyle at 5:09.45 and the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:28.13, and was also on the winning 200 freestyle relay team.

Vasquez won the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle in times of 29.69 and 1:07.45 respectively, and swam the anchor leg on the winning 200 freestyle relay team.

“That was a personal record time for me in the 50 freestyle,” she said. “I was kind of shaky before the start, I had a sugar rush.”

Klieman was a close second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 29.88.

“I think I did pretty good, but my foot slipped off the wall on my turn,” she said. “My foot totally went sideways.”

Klieman also swam the lead off legs on the winning 200 and 400-meter freestyle relay teams.

Nickerson had a good meet winning the 200 individual medley, swimming the anchor leg on the 400 freestyle relay team and placing second in the 400 freestyle.

“We did a really big individual medley this morning, about four miles,” she said. “I got a PR in the IM this afternoon. I love competing at the high school level. There are meets twice a week and I love to race. In clubs, you have a meet like once a month.”

Abby Rankin finished second in the 200 individual medley and Doyle was second in the 100 butterfly.

“This was the best I’ve ever finished in an individual medley,” Rankin said. “I did better than I thought I would.”

Marie Hossfeld rounded out Oak Harbor’s second place finishers with a time of 1:36.45 in the 100 breaststroke, and teamed with Erica Gregory, Kira Homola and Lindsey Hall to take second in the 400 freestyle relay.

“We didn’t get any state marks today, but it was good fun and that is the most important part,” Miller said.

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