Lexi LaJoice

Oscoda’s Lexi LaJoice swims a freestyle event during last week’s dual at Standish-Sterling.

STANDISH – The already shorthanded Oscoda girls swimming and diving team was even more shorthanded for the Independent Swim Conference dual at Standish-Sterling on Tuesday, Oct. 29. 

“Our meet against Standish was tough, we had two girls out so the team had trouble lifting their spirits,” head coach Elyssa Steward said. “However, they were able to overcome this rut the following day at Heritage.” 

During the meet Wednesday at Saginaw Heritage, Lexi LaJoice had a personal best time of 25.89 in the 50 free, good for first place. Nichole Leeseberg also competed in the 50 free, clocking a personal record time of 36.74. Sierra Wright had a personal best time of 1:32.84 in the 100 free and Hannah Williams had a personal best time of 1:12.62 in the 100 free as well. 

Oscoda competes in the ISC finals at Saginaw Valley State University on Friday and Saturday. 

“Even though we lack in numbers, I always tell the girls to go out there and do their best,” Steward said. “Just race you and try and beat your best personal time. The team never disappoints me. There has only been one meet out of the season where no one dropped any time. I am confident that the girls will be able to take this mentality with them to ISC’s. I hope to see even more dropped time there, giving us an even better baseline for next year. I hope that Lexi Lajoice will place in all of her events and make the qualifying time she needs for state.”