By Evan Grice
Expectations are high this season for the Piedmont swim team, as the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats look to improve upon last season’s performance, and bring home more state titles this season.
PHS got its season started at Harrah on Saturday and then turned right back around and competed at Ponca City on Tuesday afternoon.
Against Edmond Santa Fe and Ponca City, while Piedmont might not have defeated either squad in the point totals, many individuals turned in solid performances on the day.
“Our team definitely performed a lot better at Ponca City than we did in our first meet,” Senior Kasey Rein said. “I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that everyone was more prepared. We knew what to expect this time around and it made a difference.”
Kasey Rein showed why she is one of the top contenders for another state title this season, as she claimed a first place finish in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:28.11. She followed that up with another first place finish in the 100-yard freestyle event with a time of 1:01.39.
The team of Rein, Darien Kohpay, Holly Organ and Lizzy Ellyson placed third in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:29.38 while placing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 2:15.43.
Kohpay placed eighth in the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 36.01, with Ellyson placing ninth with a time of 36.51. Organ registered a fourth place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke event with Kohpay placing fifth.
There was more success to be had on the boys side of the spectrum as the Wildcats relay team led by members Tyler St. John, Jarrod Rein, Justin Rein and Collin Koehn won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:55.59. This same group of Wildcats also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:42.64.
Tyler St. John had the highest finish for the Wildcats in the 50-yard freestyle event in second with a time of 24.32. Lane Tooman tied for fourth, while Tyler Wade placed sixth and Ian Dooley placed seventh in the same event.
Justin Rein claimed first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:20.82, to go with his first place finish in the 100-yard backstroke event. Jarrod Rein also claimed first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.47, along with a first place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke event. Tyler St. John was another Wildcat with a first place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.90.
Ian Dooley placed second in the 500-yard freestyle event with a time of 7:10.71.
“All of our cross country boys dropped their times, which was great to see,” Piedmont coach Oralia Rein said. “Our girls also had a solid meet individually; they just need to work a little on their relay time. Overall though, I’m very pleased with how everyone did.”
Saturday at Harrah Kasey Rein placed first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:11.94, to go with her first place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:06.72.
Piedmont will be back in action Saturday morning at the Jaguar Invitational which will be held at the OCCC aquatic center. Warm-ups will begin at 9 a.m. with the meet to follow at 11 a.m.