By Evan Grice
Just because the water outside has been frozen lately, doesn’t mean the water at the Lighthouse Fitness Club has been iced over.
In fact, it’s been perfect enough for the Piedmont Swim team to keep on plugging away despite their first scheduled home meet of the season being postponed Tuesday afternoon.
The good news is that PHS won’t have to wait very long to be back in competition as the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats will be traveling to Kingfisher later today in a meet which was rescheduled earlier this season.
PHS was given a warm reception earlier this season when they traveled to the Vernie Snow Aquatic Center, as they encountered a sudden change in water temperature, which led to slower times in some events.
Nonetheless, the Wildcats still managed to claim first place for the second straight meet despite the abundance of warm water.
“Everyone has been to Kingfisher whether it’s year or last year,” Piedmont coach Oralia Rein said. “You’ve just got to learn how to cope with the warm water. It’s not something they are going to see at a bigger meet, so it’s just another thing to cope with out there.”
“I’ve mainly been surprised at how hard everyone has been working during this sudden freeze we’ve had. Almost all of my PHS swimmers have been practicing and my entire group of club swimmers have been putting in time in the pool as well.”
Kasey Rein was one of the Lady Wildcat swimmers who enjoyed a pair of first place finishes last time Piedmont visited Kingfisher. Kasey said having already swam in the warm water will provide a slight advantage, but still can cause problems.
“We’re going to know what to expect, there’s no doubt about that,” she said. “You can mentally prepare for something like this, but it’s still going to affect people regardless. This meet should be interesting for the people who haven’t been in the pool for more than a week.”
“The good thing is that most of us have been practicing so we’ve been swimming for close to five days straight preparing for this meet.”
Kasey’s brothers Jarrod and Justin also claimed a pair of solid finishes the last time the Piedmont swimmers visited Kingfisher.
Connor and Tyler St. John will also be looking to keep their solid form to the season going, as they will look to both earn two first place finishes much like they did the last time they were at Kingfisher.
PHS’ relays teams will also be ones to watch as the “A” relay team of the brothers Rein and St. John will look to earn another first place finish.
Piedmont will be going back to Kingfisher at the start of the New Year on Jan. 4 before hosting Casady on Jan. 10 and then making the short drive to OCCC for the Putnam City Original Invite just four days later.
On Jan 27, the Suburban Conference Championship meet will take place from Harrah before Piedmont travels to Rose State College for a meet on Jan 31.
There has been a change for the state competition as it will be held in Edmond this year instead of its regular home at Jenks.