Boys/Girls Swim Defeats Maconaquah

Posted on December 5, 2017 in Boy's Swimming, Girl's Swimming, Winter Sports

BY TRENT SCOTT
tscott@perutribune.com

BUNKER HILL – The smallest of margins made the biggest of differences Monday night in the pool at Maconaquah for Oak Hill.
The Golden Eagles walked out with a pair of hard-fought wins as the girls defeated the Braves 97-89 and the boys squeaked by 94-92.
Oak Hill head coach Kendrick Vester said the meet was a fun one overall with the girls performing well and the boys tested by the hosts.
“We had the girls winning about where they were but the boys, we had them winning by a good amount,” Vester said. “There were some good races and bad races, hopefully more good than bad.”
The boys’ meet was one of wins snatched away in the final moments, especially in the closing three events.
After taking second in the 200 Medley Relay, Oak Hill picked up its first win through Dalton Scheffler in the 200 Free in 2:01.82, followed by a win from Samuel Boyer in the 200 IM in 2:24.96.
Maconaquah pulled two wins back in the 50 Free and Diving before the break and the frantic finishes that were soon to follow.
The Braves won both the 100 Fly and 100 Free by half a second before Jonathan Maynus could get the Golden Eagles a win in the 500 Free in 5:49.78.
The hosts then pulled off a huge swing by winning the 200 Free Relay by .16 seconds.
Oak Hill answered in dramatic fashion as Dalton Scheffler won the 100 Back by .14 seconds with a time of 1:01.31 and Alex Gamble stormed back to take the 100 Breaststroke by .2 seconds in 1:07.25.
The meet came down effectively to who finished third in the 400 Free Relay with Maconaquah, trailing by four, winning the race and Oak Hill finishing second, leaving the scores tied at 92-92.
The team of Collin Harts, Mcallister Cheek, Elijah Maynard and Sammy Sommers came through, with Sommers swimming a 55.12 anchor leg, to beat the second Braves’ team in by less than a second to win the meet.
Vester said several swimmers felt slow in the water but also saw several strong races on the evening.
“Jonathan did a lot better than he has this year so far,” Vester said. “Alex was also close to the time he swam at the sectional last year, so it was a nice time to break that out.”
The girls won 11-of-12 events but Maconaquah countered with eight 2-3 finishes, keeping the meet tight until the very end.
After missing out on first in the 200 Medley Relay,
Lizzie Wood picked up the first win for the girls in 200 Free in 2:09.26, followed up by wins in the 200 IM by Kinsey Price in 2:28.88 and the 50 Free from Khloe Price in 26.62.
Savannah Hart won the diving competition with a total score of 264.75 before the break in the action.
Morgan Wallace kept the wins coming with a 1:06.50 in the 100 Fly, followed by a second win for Khloe Price in the 100 Free at 57.72 and a second win for Wood in the 500 Free in 5:56.72.
Wallace, Wood and Khloe Price combined with Ashtin McDivitt to win the 200 Free Relay in 1:50.33 with Kinsey Price adding a second win in the 100 Back in 1:06.53.
The closest finish of the night came in the next race as Tori Templin edged out Maconaquah’s Janet Johnson in the 100 Breaststroke by .02 seconds, clocking in at 1:18.95.
Vester said both breaststroke races encapsulated the meet.
“The breaststroke, in both the boys’ and girls’ race, was neck-and-neck,” Vester pointed out. “They were going, the crowd was going, we were going and it helped make it a fun meet.”
McDivitt, Wood, Kinsey and Khloe Price then closed out the girls’ meet with a win in the 400 Free Relay in 3:58.10 to secure the meet.
Much like with the boys, Vester said there was a mix of slightly slower races and very solid times overall.
“Ashtin dropped some time in her 100 Free (1:01.59),” Vester said. “Kinsey dropped time in the IM to almost match what she was doing at the sectional last year, which is exciting to see.”
Oak Hill hits the road again Tuesday night at Jay County, a meet Vester said would be a test for the squad, though there was at least one perk for the Golden Eagles in having meets back-to-back.
“We gave them (Tuesday) morning off,” Vester said. “Jay County is going to be another tough meet, at least for the girls.
“Wins are always nice but we’re looking to see them continue to improve. First and second is always nice but it’s the times we’re looking for.”

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