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January 18, 2012 - The Wildcats' boys swim and dive team took on some of the best in the Oakland Activities Association's Red and White Division during a double-duel meet on Thursday, Jan. 12.

North Farmington (Red division) and Farmington-Harrison (White division) visited Oxford High School and proved to be too much for the Wildcats to handle. North Farmington won 130-56, while Farmington-Harrison won 100-84.

Despite the losses, 24 personal bests were established by the boys during the meet.

"The boys are continuing to improve and I was glad the boys had the opportunity to swim against two higher division teams," varsity coach Jackie Rank said.

Individual results were:

200 Medley Relay - Oxford's A relay of sophomore Blake Hibdon, sophomore Dwight Merrill, sophomore Erick Vandecar and senior Joey Tasch finished second against both teams with a time of 1:51.42.

200 Freestyle - Freshmen Cheyne Stresky was fourth against North Farmington and second against Farmington-Harrison. Sophomore Lewis Marshall and senior Sean Thomas also scored points for the Wildcats.

200 Individual Medley - Vandecar finished third against North Farmington and second against Farmington-Harrison in a school record time of 2:15.62. Tasch and freshmen Chad Scribner also took points for the Wildcats.

50 Freestyle - Junior Jarred Butler was second against both teams, finishing with a time of 23.15. With his times, Butler qualified for the Oakland County meet. Junior Corey Jones was fifth against both teams.

Diving - Oxford swept the top three spots, with senior Matthew Campagiorni finishing first with 189.60 points. Freshmen Jared Tasch was second and sophomore Marco Campagiorni finished third.

100 Butterfly - Vandecar was third against both teams, finishing with a time of 1:01.40. Hibdon also scored points for Oxford in the event.

100 Freestyle - Butler was first against Farmington-Harrison and second in North Farmington, finishing with a school record and state qualifying time of 50.16. Junior Nico McNeil was fifth against both teams.

500 Freestyle - Stresky was third against both teams with a personal best time of 5:26.52. Joey Tasch finished fourth against both teams and Marshall also scored points for the Wildcats.

200 Freestyle Relay - Oxford's A relay of Thomas, Jones, McNeil and Butler came in third against North Farmington and second against Farmington-Harrison with a time of 1:40.35. The B relay of senior Daniel Stockard, Merrill, Scribner and sophomore Tim Cook was third against Farmington-Harrison.

100 Backstroke - Hibdon finished first against Farmington-Harrison and fourth against North Farmington with a time of 1:15.54. Scribner also earned points for Oxford.

400 Freestyle Relay - Oxford's A relay of Tasch, Vandecar, Hibdon and Butler came in second against both teams, finishing in a 3:33.78.

Oxford drops to 3-2 overall (3-0 OAA Blue) with the losses. They swim at Southfield Lathrup on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Andrew Moser is a staff writer for the Oxford Leader.
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