Oak Harbor sinks Mount Vernon


Sports editor

At the beginning of the season Oak Harbor swim coach Emelie Sullivan had a goal of winning more dual meets than in previous years.

With two weeks in the books and a 4-2 overall record, she is happy about where they are.

“It seems to be working out nicely,” she said.

Oak Harbor most recently picked up a league victory with a 117-53 defeat of Mount Vernon at John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool Thursday evening.

Key performances from several swimmers helped the Cats cruise to the win.

Oak Harbor standout Missy McIntyre led the way, as she picked up two more state qualifying times in the 200-meter individual medley (2:23.87) and the 100-meter freestyle(1:01.26). Those two times means that she has gained “ironwoman” status by qualifying for state in every single individual event.

“As far as I know it’s rare, but then again she is a pretty rare swimmer,” Sullivan said.

McIntyre, who holds seven of eight individual Oak Harbor records, will be able to select which events she will compete in at the state meet Nov. 14.

Sophomore Stacy Kallander also took two first place finishes for Oak Harbor Thursday in the 500-meter freestyle (7:11.21) and 100-meter breaststroke (1:27.05).

Also having a nice day for the Wildcats was sophomore Marissa McDaniel, who transferred in after last year’s season, but is having a large impact on this year’s squad.

“She’s doing really well,” Sullivan said.

McDaniel took first in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:25.87.

Thirteen-year-old freshman Julia Marriott took the other individual first place finish in the 100-meter butterfly at 1:19.20.

“She’s doing a great job of dealing with the pressures of high school as well as dealing with the pressure of swimming at this level,” Sullivan said.

Oak Harbor also took first in two relay events. The 200-meter medley team of Lillian Brunner, Leanne Cozad, Marriott and Sami Buell finished with a 2:28.93. The 200-meter freestyle relay team of Madison Nikkola, Bridget Elliot, Buell and McIntyre finished at 2:08.26.

Thursday’s team win was the second of the week for Oak Harbor, who defeated Ferndale 113-57 on Tuesday.

As far as things have gone overall for the Wildcats this season Sullivan couldn’t be happier.

“I’m really impressed with the way the girls are swimming,” she said. “At least half of our girls are making personal bests at each meet.”

Oak Harbor will travel to Lynden on Tuesday, Oct. 7 before returning to Oak Harbor Thursday, Oct. 9 to face Stanwood.

Results: 200 medley relay-Oak Harbor (Brunner, Cozad, Marriott, Buell) 2:28.93; 200 freestyle-McDaniel (OH) 2:25.87; 200 individual medley-McIntyre (OH) 2:23.83; 50 freestyle-Donovan (MV) 29.51; Diving-not held; 100 butterfly-Marriott (OH) 1:19.20; 100 freestyle-McIntyre (OH) 1:01.26; 500 freestyle-Kallander (OH) 7:11.21; 200 freestyle relay-Oak Harbor (Nikkola, Elliot, Buell, McIntyre) 2:08.26; 100 backstroke-Donovan (MV) 1:15.79; 100 breaststroke-Kallander (OH) 1:27.05; 400 freestyle relay-Mount Vernon (Reinecke, Leibrand, Tyler, Donovan) 5:01.32

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