OSCODA – It took until the final event of the day to do it, but the Oscoda swimming and diving team came away from the Ogemaw Heights Invitational victorious on Saturday. The Owls, edged out second place Garber thanks in large part to sending four teams in the 400 free relay. Oscoda finished with 387 points, Garber had 365, Ogemaw Heights was third with 248 and Caro rounded out the teams with 182 points.
“It was a real team effort,” head coach Elyssa Steward said. “A combination of tough individual swims, numerous season and personal bests and depth of our relays helped us secure the victory.”
Things went well in the opening event as well, the medley relay, in that Kendal McLaughlin, Ben Rudolph, Axel Raybourn and Danny Snider placed second, Libby Mongeau, Steven Price, Emma Hofacer and Hank Dawson placed fifth and the Owls also had a team take ninth place in the same event.
In the 200 free, Jeslyn LaJoice took fourth place, Martina Martucci, Rudolph and Raybourn placed second-fourth-and-fifth in the individual medley and Joe Rush and Snider were second and fifth in the 50 free.
Aidan Taylor earned key first place points in diving and Martucci followed that up with a come-from-behind win in the butterfly, with Rush and Janae Kierzek adding fourth and 10 place finishes in the same event.
In the 100 free, Rush and Hofacer were third and fifth and LaJoice and Price were fifth and sixth in the 500.
In the 200 free relay, Snider, McLaughlin and Martucci claimed first place, while Hofacer, Libby Mongeau, LaJoice and Price finished fourth and in the breaststroke, it was third, sixth and eighth place finishes for Rudolph, Taylor and Nicole Leesburg.
In the 400 free relay, the Owls had four teams earn points, led by the second place finish of Raybourn, Hofacer, Rush and Martucci.
On Tuesday, Feb. 9 the Owls lost a close dual at Chesaning, 86-84.
The 200 medley relay of McLaughlin, Rudolph, Raybourn and Snider took first, with Rush placing second in the 200 free and Rudolph also taking second in the individual medley. Snider claimed second in the 50 free, Martucci and Raybourn were first and second in the butterfly (with Martucci setting a girls school record in the event) and Rush claimed first place points in the 100 free.
Raybourn was second in the 500 free and the 200 free claimed first place points on swims by Martucci, McLaughlin, Snider and Rush. Martucci also won the breaststroke and Rudolph was second in the breaststroke.
The Owls had a disqualification in the final event, the 400 relay, causing them to narrowly lost the dual.
Oscoda (1-1 overall) was at John Glenn on Tuesday and heads to Standish-Sterling this coming Tuesday.