Four Wildcats qualify for state meet / Swim and dive

The Oak Harbor High School swim and dive team will send four swimmers to the state meet after a strong showing at the District 1 finals Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4, at the Snohomish Aquatic Club.

The state meet is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Oak Harbor will compete in two relays and five individual events at state.

The Wildcats finished third in the team standings at the 14-team district meet with 232 points, trailing Shorecrest (422) and Snohomish (308).

Seniors Taliah Black, Jillian Pape and Olivia Tungate and freshman Ashleigh Merrill qualified for state in two relays, while Pape (50-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly), Tungate (100 free, 100 backstroke) and Merrill (200 free) earned spots in individual events.

Pape won the district 50 free (24.75) and 100 fly (59.65), and Tungate was the district champion in the 100 back (59.75).

Tungate, Black, Merrill and Pape won the 200 medley relay in 1:51.85, just .54 seconds off the district record Tungate, Black, Pape and Molly Vagt set last year.

Tungate finished second in the 100 free (54.93), as did the 200 free relay team (1:43.21).

Merrill was third in the 200 free (2:02.42) and fourth in the 500 free (5:36.14).

The top three in each event qualified for state.

Black, Pape and Tungate finished their careers by qualifying for the state meet each year they competed for OHHS.

Other Oak Harbor athletes scoring points for the Wildcats at district by finishing in the top 16 were Black (eighth, 100 breaststroke, 1:12.47), Kelly Gruenwald (eighth, diving, 266.35), Caitlin Dennen (14th, 100 backstroke, 1:11.88), Naomi Garcia (15th, 200 individual medley, 2:36.72; 16th, 100 free, 1:02.84) and the 400 free relay team of Garcia, Grace Chargualaf, Frances Empinado and Black (eighth, 4:11.3).

Other Oak Harbor results at district

Dennen, 18th, 200 IM, 2:41.28.

Empinado, 19th, 100 back, 1:13.09; 21st, 100 free, 1:05.37.

Chargualaf, 19th, 500 free, 6:30.63.

Baelee Whitinger, 20th, 50 free, 29.38.

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