Caitlin Dennen is one of the returning letter winners for the Oak Harbor swim and dive team. (Photo by John Fisken)

Caitlin Dennen is one of the returning letter winners for the Oak Harbor swim and dive team. (Photo by John Fisken)

Prep preview / Oak Harbor swim and dive

The Oak Harbor High School swim and dive team is looking for a home.

With John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool shuttered because of a lack of funds, the Wildcats have been practicing at the Admiral’s Cove outdoor pool.

The facility does not have a diving board.

The school district and parks board are attempting to reopen the Oak Harbor pool for the high school season, according to coach Amy Merkley.

“It’s just not that easy, but they are working on it,” she said.

Merkley praised the effort of athletic director Jerrod Fleury in trying to keep the Wildcats’ season alive.

“He communicates regularly and is being a strong advocate for the program,” she said. “I want to acknowledge how much time and energy he is dedicating to our swim and dive program.”

Returning letter winners for Oak Harbor are Kelly Gruenwald, Sophie Sandahl, Diandra Dominguez, Gabriella Harstad, Caitlin Dennen, Grace Chargualaf and Frances Empinado.

“Key newcomers are freshmen Lecya Santiago, who will be a strong swimmer for us, and Kaia Crebbin, who is a gymnast who will try out for diving,” Merkley said.

The primary goal for the season, according to Merkley, is to overcome the lack of pool.

“Right now we are making plans one week at a time and have yet to get our divers on a diving board,” she said. “Beyond that, we would like to get new swimmers and divers out and build up our team. We have a strong swimming tradition that we want to keep going in Oak Harbor.”

The strength of the team, Merkley said, is the returning swimmers’ postseason experience; the weakness is lack of depth with the small squad size and the fact that all the meets, as of now, will be on the road.

Oak Harbor begins the season in Marysville with a match against Marysville Getchell and Marysville-Pilchuck at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.

More in Sports

Fitzgerald receives appointment to U.S. Military Academy

For Oak Harbor High School senior and three-sport athlete Caleb Fitzgerald, the… Continue reading

Photos: Wolves rally for win / Middle school girls basketball

The Coupeville Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball team came from 15 points… Continue reading

Franklin leads Wildcats at district meet / Swim and dive

Junior Micah Franklin’s ninth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley was the… Continue reading

Boesch receives all-tournament honors / Baseball

Oak Harbor High School senior Austin Boesch earned a spot on the… Continue reading

Regional tournaments canceled / Wrestling

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced Friday morning that the regional wrestling… Continue reading

Knights oust Wolves from district tournament / Girls basketball

The Coupeville High School girls basketball team’s season came to an end… Continue reading

Wolves take down Turks in district opener, now face talented King’s / Girls basketball

It’s a good news, bad news situation for the Coupeville High School… Continue reading

Coupeville will now host Sultan in district opener / Girls basketball

School cancellations the past two days because of weather have required the… Continue reading

Wolves’ district game postponed again / Girls basketball

The Coupeville High School girls 1A distract basketball game at Lynden Christian… Continue reading

Photos: Wildcats, Wolves continue to work as winter season nears end

Attached are some action shots taken by John Fisken over the past… Continue reading

4 set pace for Flyers / Tumbling and trampoline

Four Island Flyers from the Rise Academy of Arts captured first place… Continue reading

North Whidbey Little League begins evaluations

North Whidbey Little League hosts it first evaluations of 2019 Saturday and… Continue reading