Grace Chargualaf is one of the senior leaders on this year’s Wildcat swim and dive team. (Photo by John Fisken)

Grace Chargualaf is one of the senior leaders on this year’s Wildcat swim and dive team. (Photo by John Fisken)

Fall prep preview / Oak Harbor swim and dive

Coach: John Chargualaf (first year).

2018: 1-14, 11th in district.

Returning letter winners: seniors Grace Chargualaf, Diandra Dominguez, Frances Empinado; juniors Caitlin Dennen, Lindsey Griffith, Meagan Kunze, Madelyn Ward.

Key newcomers: senior Mekayla VonGrey (returning to Oak Harbor); junior Sadie Lieser; sophomore Christine Mango; freshmen Jaedine Cabigting, Amber Leavitt, Erica Wright.

Coach’s comment: “They talk about building years in sports and this is definitely one of those. The swim program has taken a lot of hits in the past few years with the pool shutting down, the flux in the club team (which includes many athletes who also compete in high school) and now the loss of last year’s coach, Amy Merkley. Things are looking up. The pool is back open. We have a candidate we hope can take over the dive coaching responsibilities.

“The assistant coach (Debra Vaughn) and I share the philosophy that we are here as long as we are needed to serve the kids and to get the program back on its feet.”

Strength: Senior leadership.

Weakness: Lack of experience.

First meet: Archbishop Murphy at Oak Harbor, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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