Cougars outswim Cats

After a hard-fought meet on Sept. 6, Oxford’s varsity girls’ swim and dive team fell to fellow Oakland Activities Association (OAA) white division swimmers, the Stoney Creek Cougars.

The Cougars took the meet 107-76.

“The girls had some great swims and dives, but the Cougars had more depth than the Wildcats,” head coach Jackie Rank said.

Rank and her team knew going into this season they would be facing tougher competition after leaving the OAA blue division behind. Though they couldn’t win the meet, Oxford’s girls made some hefty personal progress.

Ashlee Weltyk won the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke, with her 100 Backstroke time of 1:01.22 earning her the Stoney Creek Pool record for the event. Cali Schnur took second in the 200 IM and second in the 100 Butterfly. For Schnur, both of her times landed on Oxford top-ten lists.

Jenna Fistler made Oxford history when she won the 50 Freestyle with a time of 25.53. Fistler’s speedy time was the second fastest for that event in Wildcat history. Fistler also took second in the 500 Freestyle, which landed her on the Oxford top-ten list for that event.

As for diving, Keira Veltigian won first place in that event. Rank has expected Veltigian to perform well and suspects she’ll continue to be an elite diver during her senior season.

The girls will be back in the pool on Thursday, Sept. 13 in their home opener against N. Farmington. The meet will start at 6 p.m.