By Teddy Rydquist
Leader Sports Writer
Nearly doubling the Bears’ output, the Wildcats girls’ swim and dive team raced past Berkley, 120-65, on Oct. 17 at Oxford High School.
Moving to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in division play, 13 Oxford seniors were honored after the 50-meter butterfly for their contributions to the program.
Continuing the progress she has shown all season long, junior diver Amelia Knotts posted a career-best score of 224.1, third on Oxford’s all-time list.
Leading the way for the swimmers, senior team captain Ashlee Weltyk won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:57.49, her best time of the year.
Moving up to third-place on the all-time list herself, sophomore Cali Schnur’s time of 2:13.98 was good enough to win the 200-meter individual medley.
In addition to their success in the pool, the Lady Wildcats also hosted a toy drive for Oakland County Services during the meet. Inspired by the school’s adopted student-athletes, including senior swimmer MacKenzie Finley, fans kindly donated 85 toys to be used during the OCS’ annual Christmas Party.
“We have a couple of weeks of training and fine tuning before the league meet,” head coach Jackie Rank said of what is next for her team.
Set to be hosted by Lake Orion High School, Rank broke down how the format for the league meet works.
“All swimmers will be competing in the prelims on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The diving prelims will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7.
The top-16 individuals and the A and B relays will be competing at the finals on Friday, Nov. 8.