By Evan Grice
With the colder temperatures hitting the area, the Piedmont swim team decided to heat things up last Thursday at Kingfisher.
Unfortunately, the water at the Vernie Snow Aquatic Center was anything but cool, as the warmer conditions made things difficult for the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats.
Nonetheless, the Wildcats still managed to claim their second straight meet, finishing in first place with a total of 415.50 points, way ahead of second place Deer Creek, who claimed 339 points. The Lady Wildcats finished in fifth place overall with 168 points while Kingfisher claimed first place on the day.
“Everyone did alright for the most part at Kingfisher,” Piedmont coach Orelia Rein said. “They need to learn to adapt to different situations when things like this happen. Overall, it was a good challenge for us and we were able to drop some seconds in some events.”
A huge reason for the Wildcats success on the day came from both relay teams.
The team of Tyler and Conner St. John, along with Jarrod and Justin Rein combined to win both the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays with times of 1:52.44 and 1:40.06 respectively.
Meanwhile, the foursome of Lane Tooman, Ian Dooley, Tyler Wade and Collin Koehn placed fifth in the 200-yard medley event before improving one spot to finish fourth in the 200-yard freestyle event.
First place finishes were something the brothers St. John made a habit out of at Kingfisher, as Conner claimed first in the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 1:55.09, before grabbing the top spot in the 100-yard butterfly event with a time of 58:38.
Not to be outdone, Tyler claimed his own pair of first place finishes in the 100-yard freestyle event and the 100-yard backstroke with times of 54.47 and 1:03.93 respectively.
Lane Tooman also collected a pair of top-five finishes in the 50-yard freestyle, claiming a tie for third place with a time of 26.31, followed by a fourth place run in the 100-yard freestyle event with a time of 1:02.18.
It was also a solid day for the Rein brothers as Justin finished second in the 200-yard individual medley, before claiming second in the 50-yard freestyle event. Jarrod won the 100-yard breaststroke event with a time of 1:14.53, along with finishing second
Collin Koehn and Spencer Rhodes claimed third and fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke as well, while Ian Dooley and Tyler Wade finished in third and fourth place in the 500-yard freestyle.
For the Lady Wildcats, the relay team of Mikayla Lunsford, Holly Organ, Kasey Rein and Darien Kohpay finished fifth in the 200-yard medley with a time of 2:24.91, before claiming third in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 2:03.69.
“It’s always good to be challenged and prepared for anything,” Kasey said about the pool conditions. “The Kingfisher pool has a lot of diving blocks along with an inadequate pool temperate, which can slow people down. I think though with the meets we have left, everyone will be able to perform good enough to get ready for regionals.”
Mikayla Lunsford had a solid day in her two events, with a fourth place finish in the 50-yard freestyle event to go with a third place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.
Kasey Rein finished with a pair of first place times in the 100-yard backstroke event (1:07.31) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:20.94). Holly Organ finished in seventh place in the 50-yard freestyle event, before claiming a fifth place finish in the 100-yard backstroke event.
Darien Kohpay claimed eighth place in the 100-yard breaststroke event, with Lizzy Ellyson finishing in 19th place in the 50-yard freestyle.
Piedmont will be back in action on Tuesday Dec. 10th at the Lighthouse Fitness Center in Oklahoma City with events starting at 2 p.m.