Oak Harbor tankers sink Lake Stevens

The Oak Harbor boys swim team moved a step closer to completing the mission of finishing in the top two of the WesCo North, beating Lake Stevens 98-86 Thursday night at the John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool.

“In some ways it was our most satisfying meet of the year,” head coach Neil Romney said.

Senior Kyle Ciminski had an impressive day for the Cats, gathering two state-qualifying times in the 50-meter freestyle (25.49) and the 100-meter breaststroke (1:10.00).

“He had a fantastic meet,” Romney said.

Ciminski already gained a state-qualifying time in the 100 butterfly earlier this season.

“We like to get the state times out of the way so we can taper at districts,” Romney said.

Oak Harbor also took first in all three relay events, coming up only a half-second shy of a state-qualifying time in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:45.65.

Sophomore, Frankie Lovell, Oak Harbor’s only entrant in diving, was a big part of the team victory. Lovell scored a 166.50, atop all three Viking participants.

“Winning the diving was huge,” Romney said. “If we hadn’t won it probably would have brought the meet even and they could have gained momentum from there.”

Senior Jason Hunter was the only other Wildcat to win an individual event, taking first in the 200 freestyle at 2:06.51.

Oak Harbor now posts a 2-1 league and 7-1 overall record. Bellingham, who picked up a non-league win over the Cats during the first meet of the season, was forced to forfeit victory due to a violation and OHHS was awarded the win.

The Wildcats take over two weeks off before hosting non-league opponents Lynden and Ferndale at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6.

200 medley relay-Oak Harbor (Ridle, Ciminski, Hunter, Lutrell) 1:59.85; 200-freestyle-Hunter (OH) 2:06.51; 200 individual medley-Dykgraaf (LS) 2:30.25; 50 freestyle-Ciminski (OH) 25.49; Diving-Lovell (OH) 166.50; 100 butterfly-Anderson (LS) 1:12.05; 100 freestyle-Olson (LS) 58.54; 500 freestyle-Fountain (LS) 5:51.15; 200 freestyle relay-Oak Harbor (Hunter, Luttrell, Hall, Ciminski) 1:46.65; 100 backstroke-Dykgraaf (LS) 1:08.35; 100 breaststroke-Ciminski (OH) 1:10.00; 400 freestyle relay-Oak Harbor (Spence, Hall, Bender, Renniger).

Oak Harbor 131, Stanwood 37

Oak Harbor won all 11 events against Stanwood on Tuesday, taking the their first WesCo North meet of the season, 131-37.

Ciminski placed first 200 and 100 freestyle races and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay team. Brian Hall finished first in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke and was also a member of the 200 medley relay team..

200 medley relay-Oak Harbor (Hall, Hunter, Ciminski, Renninger) 1:57.57; 200 freestyle-Ciminski (OH) 1:55.39; 200 individual medley-Hall (OH) 2:32.37; 50 freestyle-Spence (OH) 25.51; 100 butterfly-Hunter (OH) 57.52; 100 freestyle-Ciminski (OH) 51.99; 500 freestyle-Wilson (OH) 5:39.33; 200 freestyle relay-Oak Harbor (Hall, Luttrell, Bender, Runker) 1:50.85; 100 backstroke-Hall (OH) 1:10.87; 100 breaststroke-Luttrell (OH) 1:16.56; 400 freestyle relay-Oak Harbor (Runker, Renninger, Chestnut, Wilson) 4:20.92.

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