Swim team washing away the competition

The Lady Wildcat swimmers are (front row, from left) Audrey Mandziuk, Cailin Griffith, Paige Dell, Claire Lang, Rachel Commons, Tate Hamilton, Victoria McClenaghan, Emily Vican, Lauren Champane, Caitlyn Geda, Sage Brocco. In the second row are (from left) Izzy Frechette, Maggie Pill, Skylar Goik, Claire Alexander, Grace Charnstrom, Kaleigh Rogers, Nellie Charnstrom, Ashlee Weltyk, Laura Mace, Mackenzie Finley, Paige Beeding, Ana Gaytan. Third Row (from left) Brooke Mandziuk, Tabitha Sterner, Gihon Maxwell, Jenna Fistler, Keira Veltigian, Paige Hodder, Kinsey Jones, Grace Nunez, Emily McClear, Victoria Provo, Elsa Rodriguez, Coach Kieve Johnson. Back Row (from left): Coach Anna Charnstrom, Coach John Pearson, Grace Vogler, Maddy Lovins, Emily Geda, Mattie Johnson, Addie Bishop, Sabrina Kurk, Anna Dimeglio, Peyton Bailey, Alexis Johnson, Coach Jackie Rank. Not pictured: Adri Haden. Photo by Matt Johnson.
The Lady Wildcat swimmers are (front row, from left) Audrey Mandziuk, Cailin Griffith, Paige Dell, Claire Lang, Rachel Commons, Tate Hamilton, Victoria McClenaghan, Emily Vican, Lauren Champane, Caitlyn Geda, Sage Brocco. In the second row are (from left) Izzy Frechette, Maggie Pill, Skylar Goik, Claire Alexander, Grace Charnstrom, Kaleigh Rogers, Nellie Charnstrom, Ashlee Weltyk, Laura Mace, Mackenzie Finley, Paige Beeding, Ana Gaytan. Third Row (from left) Brooke Mandziuk, Tabitha Sterner, Gihon Maxwell, Jenna Fistler, Keira Veltigian, Paige Hodder, Kinsey Jones, Grace Nunez, Emily McClear, Victoria Provo, Elsa Rodriguez, Coach Kieve Johnson. Back Row (from left): Coach Anna Charnstrom, Coach John Pearson, Grace Vogler, Maddy Lovins, Emily Geda, Mattie Johnson, Addie Bishop, Sabrina Kurk, Anna Dimeglio, Peyton Bailey, Alexis Johnson, Coach Jackie Rank. Not pictured: Adri Haden. Photo by Matt Johnson.

Oxford’s Lady Wildcat swimmers have been making waves this season and are currently touting an undefeated record.

With 44 athletes on the team (26 returning), the Lady Cats have been climbing to the top of the Oakland Activities Association (OAA) Blue Division all season long.

Despite the team’s large size, Varsity Swim & Dive Head Coach Jackie Rank said the girls have been lauded by many for their ability to come together during swim meets.

“The team’s biggest strength is their spirit and attitude. They are wonderful girls who are there for each other and for the other teams that they swim and dive against. I have received multiple compliments, from parents and coaches alike, about the demeanor of our girls and their respectfulness,” said Rank.

While the team of 41 swimmers and three divers has performed well this season, Rank said they will not be resting on their laurels.

“The team has been striving to improve on their underwater techniques (tight streamlines and strong dolphin kicks off each wall to accelerate to the surface) and their race stamina by practicing hard to not back down when they get tired in a race,” Rank said.

While Rank said each student has something unique to offer the team, she said several students have shown great leadership, work ethic and talent in the pool this season– including senior captain swimmers Emily Vican, Rachel Commons and Victoria McClenaghan; junior diver Keira Veltigian; sophomore swimmers Ashlee Weltyk and Jenna Fistler; and freshman swimmers Grace and Nellie Charnstrom and Peyton Bailey.

“These athletes are not only point-earners for the team, but they are also great leaders and motivators for their teammates,” said Rank.

The Wildcats kept their forward momentum going October 3, securing a 95-91 win against the white division Stoney Creek Cougars at a cross-over dual meet.

“Our team has been doing an amazing job. They have been competing against each other and against the clock when there is little competition in the pool. They have been rising to the occasion and doing their jobs when the competition is tough. They knew exactly what they needed to do against Stoney Creek and they performed. I am so proud of all of them,” Rank added.

Last weekend, the team also took 20th at the Oakland County Swimming and Diving Championships.

The team is now 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the league.

Up next, the team will host Berkley on Thursday, October 12.

 

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