OSCODA — The Ogemaw Heights, Oscoda and Standish-Sterling boys swim teams all had reason to be pleased with the results of Saturday's Oscoda Invitational.
Ogemaw Heights ran up 465 to take home the invitational trophy, outdistancing the host Owls (325) for the top spot. Alpena (183) finished third, followed by the second-year Panthers (121) and Arthur Hill (113).
The Falcons, of course, were quite happy to take home the invitational championship, while Oscoda laid claim to victories in seven of the 12 events. SSC, with 12 swimmers in its second year with a swim program, was thrilled to have beaten another opponent.
Standish-Sterling coach Noreen Izzo said Saturday's results were a great confidence booster for her program, considering many of her swimmers felt going in that they would probably finish last in their events.
None of the Panthers finished last in any event, and despite being without four of their fledgling squad and not being able to fill out all the events, still finished ahead of Arthur Hill.
"The guys did great," Izzo said. "They came in and did what they were supposed to do. They've just been practicing a couple of weeks, but they proved they could get out there and do this."
Matt Peters had the Panthers' best day as far as finishing position, taking second in the 100-free (1:05.88) and third in the 50-free (27.23). Other top SSC finishers were Kegan Luce in the 200-free (5th, 3:00.37) and 500-free (5th, 8:11.53); the 200-free relay team of Eric Hribek, Peters, Evan Skarbeck and Anthony Bloxom (3rd, 2:08.62); Skarbeck in the 100-back (5th, 1:52.40); and David Lundgren in the 100-breast (4th, 1:25.84) and 50-free (6th, 30.08).
SSC travels to its first dual meet of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Caro.
Standish-Sterling Top 6
200 Medley Relay - 6. Evan Skarbeck, Anthony Bloxom, Matt Peters, David Lundgren 2:31.41
200 Free - 5. Kegan Luce 3:00.37
50-Free - 3. Matt Peters 27.23; 6. David Lundgren 30.08
100-Free - 2. Matt Peters 1:05.88
500-Free - 5. Kegan Luce 8:11.53
200-Free Relay - 3. Eric Hribek, Matt Peters, Evan Skarbeck, Anthony Bloxom 2:08.62
100-Breast - 4. David Lundgren 1:25.84