Four swimmers qualify for states at league meet

Ending their regular season over the weekend, Oxford’s swimmers took home a few titles and had a number of girls qualify for state finals at the OAA white league meet.

Oxford was new to OAA white this season, and has proved time and time again they’re up to the task of tougher competition.

Though not every team or swimmer qualified for states, Head Coach Jackie Rank thought the girls swam their hearts out during the meet.

“The Oxford Wildcats had a great league meet,” she said in an email. “All eight relays improved from prelims on Wednesday to finals on Friday. Of the 35 individual performances on Friday, 24 were season-bests and another seven had been season-bests on Wednesday. It was a great end to our regular season.”

Kicking off the meet with the relay races, Oxford’s A Relay team in the 200 Medley Relay competed hard as they usually do and took second. The team, made up of junior Ashlee Weltyk, sophomore Grace Charnstrom, freshman Cali Schnur and sophomore Jenna Fistler, swam a time of 1:52.31. The girls’ time also set a new school record.

Later in the 400 Freestyle Relay, the same A Relay girls claimed fourth place with a time of 3:42.69. The race landed the ladies another spot at states and also set a school record.

In the individual events, Weltyk represented Oxford in the 100 Backstroke, in which she earned the league title. She swam a time of 58.77, with her teammate Schnur coming in just behind in third place. Weltyk also competed in the 200 Individual Medley and claimed fourth. Her time of 2:11.70 landed her a spot at states and broke Oxford’s 11-year-old record for that event.

Later in the 50 Freestyle, Fistler took third and swam a time of 25.22. In the 100 Butterfly, Schnur took second an swam a personal-best time of 58.62.

In the diving event, senior standout Keira Veltigian claimed the league title and scored 354.45. This Thursday, Veltigian will compete in the regional diving championships. If she lands in the top 12 in the region, she’ll move on to states on Nov. 16.

Oxford’s swimmers already headed for states are Weltyk, Charnstrom, Schnur and Fistler. The four girls will all take on the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay. In individual events, Schnur will compete in the 100 Butterfly, Fistler will take on the 50 and 100 Freestyle races, and Weltyk will swim the 200 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Backstroke.

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