December 19, 2012 - Anytime an athlete does their best and comes up a little short, they are winners.
Oxford swim and dive coach Jackie Rank wants her team to understand that while winning is a team goal, so is working hard.
When the boys swim team lost to Clarkston last week, 116-69, Rank saw tremendous improvement that included seasonal-best times, personal best times, three new school records and two times fast enough to qualify swimmers for state meets.
"I'm really proud of the boys and I hope they keep their chins up and they keep working hard during what will be a difficult season in a higher OAA division," Rank said. "I hope the boys understand that although winning is fun, so is seeing your hard work pay off."
200 Medley Relay: Oxford's A Relay of Stresky, Vega, Hibdon, and Terry took 3rd with a season-best time of 1:54.59.
200 Freestyle: Sophomore Cheyne Stresky came in 3rd with a personal-best time of 1:57.05. Lewis Marshall came in 5th for Oxford.
200 Individual Medley: Junior Erick Vandecar took 3rd with a new school record time of 2:12.02 and Blake Hibdon came in 5th for Oxford.
50 Freestyle: Senior Captain Jarred Butler set a new school record and qualified for the state meet with his first place finish time of 22.13. Sean Terry came in 4th place.
Diving: Junior Marco Campagiorni came in 2nd place with a season-best score of 190.30. Jared Tasch came in 3rd place and Bradley Vandecar in his debut took 4th place.
100 Butterfly: Erick Vandecar came in 3rd with a personal-best time of 59.70. Armando Vega came in 4th place for Oxford with his own personal-best time.
100 Freestyle: Jarred Butler came in 1st place with a new school record and state qualifying time of 49.23. Doug Butkiewicz finished in 5th place.
500 Freestyle: Stresky came in 1st with a personal-best time of 5:09.88. Marshall came in 4th place.
200 Freestyle Relay: Oxford's A Relay of Vandecar, Jones, Terry, and Butler came in 2nd with a season-best time of 1:37.85.
100 Backstroke: Blake Hibdon came in 2nd with a season-best time of 1:02.51. Corey Jones came in 5th place for Oxford.
100 Breaststroke: Vega came in 2nd with a time of 1:13.42. Chad Scribner came in 5th place.
400 Freestyle Relay: Oxford's A Relay of Vandecar, Stresky, Vega, and Butler came in 1st with a season-best time of 3:37.41.
Former Leader Editor Dan Shriner will cover Wildcat football this season.