BY YANEEK SMITH
OAK HARBOR — Oak Harbor and Port Clinton proved to be two of the top swimming teams in the area with their performances at the Division II sectional tournament. Both teams saw a bevy of swimmers and relays qualify for the districts this weekend at Bowling Green State University.
Port Clinton’s Kami Periat won the 50 meter freestyle (24.45) and the 100 butterfly (58.49). Carlie Blaesing won the 200 free (1:58.54) and the 100 free (54.78). Alexa Taylor won the 200 individual medley (2:26.16) and was second in the 500 free (5:44.97).
Gabbi Porter was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.34), Zoey Barr took third in the 200 free (2:06.87) and fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:09.83), Katie Rodgers was third in the 500 free (5:45.57) and fifth in the 200 free (2:10.38), Emily Holcomb finished third in the 100 backstroke (1:09.03), Alivia Mooney was fifth in the 100 fly (1:12.31) and Madison Wiechman took fifth in the 500 free (5:54.13).
All three Port Clinton relays qualified with the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay finishing first with the 400 free relay placing second.
“I thought they did a fabulous job, considering they’re not 100%,” said Port Clinton coach Danny Diaz. “We were confident, and when you can swim fast when tired, that’s a great thing to see.”
Diaz had high praise for Periat, Blaesing and Taylor, whose performances stood out.
For the Rockets, Skyler Turner and Alyse Sorg both had high finishes. Turner was first in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.03) and second in the 50 free (25.29). Sorg was first in the 100 backstroke (1:02.31) and second in the 100 free (55.07). Paige Krupp was second in the 100 backstroke (1:05.89), Alexandria Villalon was fourth in the 100 fly (1:12.08) and Marissa Mapes took fourth in the 500 free (5:53.57).
The three Oak Harbor relays finished first or second. The 400 free relay was first and the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay both took second.
“We had three extra swimmers qualify. I was very pleased, and I think they were ecstatic, too,” said Oak Harbor coach Andrea Sorg. “Skyler and Alyse continue to be our team leaders in finishing the highest.”
For the Rocket boys, Karson and Karter Lajti stood out.
Karter Lajti was first in the 100 backstroke (57.18), second in the 200 IM (2:08.70), and Karson Lajti took third (2:09.74). John Aston took second in the 500 free (5:20.28), followed by Spencer Heintz (5:20.44) and Nathan Buderer (5:23.34).
The 400 free relay team took second, the 200 medley relay was third and the 200 free relay finished sixth.
For Port Clinton’s boys team, Carter Blaesing was first in the 100 free (48.91) and second in the 100 fly (52.18), Logan Brown took first in the 200 free (1:46.28) and second in the 100 fly (52.18) and Ryan Zam took fourth in both the 50 free (22.91) and the 100 fly (54.94). The ‘Skins won the 400 free relay and the 200 free relay.