BY YANEEK SMITH
OAK HARBOR — In less than two years of competitive swimming at the high-school level, Alyse Sorg and Kami Periat have established themselves as two of the top swimmers in northwest Ohio, if not the entire state.
Sorg, an Oak Harbor sophomore, was named the Outstanding Performer at the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division Meet and finished first in the 200 freestyle, first in the 100 breaststroke and was part of two relays — the 400 free relay and the 200 free relay — that came in first. She won the 200 free in 2:03.76, nearly 14 seconds ahead of teammate Marissa Mapes, who was second in 2:17.57. It was a league record for Sorg, who broke the one she set last season.
Periat, a Port Clinton sophomore, won two individual events — the 50 free and the 100 butterfly — and was part of the 200 medley relay that won. She set a new league record in the 100 fly with a 58.07 and also set a league and pool record in the 50 free with a 24.06.
Sorg helped lead Oak Harbor to its sixth consecutive league title as the Rockets finished with 229 points, and Periat pushed the Redskins to their fourth straight SBC Lake Division title with 268 points.
Oak Harbor had five other swimmers win individual events. Skyler Turner won the 200 individual medley in 2:18.08, which set a new conference record, and the 100 fly (1:04.12), Amelia Mizelle was first in the 50 free in 25.63 and the 100 free in 58.55 and Paige Krupp was first in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.95. Mapes took second in the 500 free with a time of 6:08.03.
Oak Harbor coach Andrea Sorg was very pleased with her team’s performance.
“This is a meet where a lot of teams come prepared to swim, in terms of they’ve rested their kids, and we don’t do that,” she said. “Our kids get to swim on raw emotion and the excitement of the day and the moment. True to form, the men’s and women’s teams swam really well.
“Even some of our so-called ‘B’ swimmers, they’re solid and they can perform and get those third-, fourth-, and fifth-places. You can’t win on just first-place finishes, you’ve got to have some depth to round it out.”
For the ‘Skins, Carlie Blaesing had two first-place finishes — the 100 free (54.05) and the 200 free (1:59.59 — both of which broke league records, Alex Taylor was first in the 200 IM (2:26.93), Brigitte Schroeder was first in the diving competition with 378.85 points and Gabbi Porter won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.18). Katie Rodgers was second in the 500 free (5:46.05) and Emily Holcomb took second in the 100 backstroke (1:09.20).