Micah Franklin, shown here competing in a meet earlier this season, placed ninth in the district 200-yard individual medley Friday. (Photo by John Fisken)

Micah Franklin, shown here competing in a meet earlier this season, placed ninth in the district 200-yard individual medley Friday. (Photo by John Fisken)

Franklin leads Wildcats at district meet / Swim and dive

Junior Micah Franklin’s ninth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley was the top place by an Oak Harbor High School athlete at the district swim championships Friday, Feb. 8, at the Snohomish Aquatic Center.

As a team, Oak Harbor finished 12th out of 13 schools with 37 points. Edmonds-Woodway claimed the district title with 435.

Franklin swam the IM in a personal record 2:19.37. Shorewood’s Cole Nouwens won in 2:02.62.

Franklin also took 11th in the 100-yard butterfly with a PR of 1:00.59. Edmonds-Woodway’s Yuteng Wu finished first in 53.27.

Wildcat sophomores Kyto Morrow (209.1) and John Blankman (201.5) took 10th and 12th respectively in diving, which was won by Isaac Poole of Shorewood in 498.35.

Oak Harbor senior Pablo Closson finished 21st in the 200 freestyle (2:18.78) and 23rd in the 500 free (6:36.21).

Junior Andrew Lof nabbed 32nd in the 500 free (7:52.79).

The events were won by Shorecrest’s Spencer Thurman (1:48.76; 4:53.33).

Sophomore Joseph Ralston placed 24th in the 100 free (1:03.11) and 30th in the 50 free (27.4), while sophomore William Dylander took 29th in the 50 free (26.47).

Shorecrest’s Aric Prieve took the 100 (48.27) and Snohomish’s James Boggeri was the 50 winner (21.93).

Junior exchange student Ignacio San Martin was 22nd in the 100 butterfly (1:09.93), won by Wang (53.27).

Chris Hoppock, Lof, Sam Noel and Closson snared 12th in the 400 freestyle relay (4:55.9), captured by Shorecrest (3:20.12).

Ezra Franklin and Ryon Clemena also participated at district for the Wildcats.

In addition to Micah Franklin, Dylander, San Martin, Closson and Lof posted personal-best times, according to coach John Chargualaf.

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