Pirates sweep SBC championship

Perkins boys, girls come up with ninth straight SBC sweep
Sarah Baker
Jan 12, 2014

It seems like the Pirates just can't be stopped.

Perkins boys and girls swimming and diving teams came up with their ninth straight Sandusky Bay Conference championship sweep Saturday at Margaretta High School.

The Pirate boys scored 207 points en route to their 18th overall SBC championship, while the girls scored 185 and earned their 14th straight championship.

In the 22 years of the SBC championship, Perkins boys won all but four years (1993, 94 and 2004, 05), which Oak Harbor won, while the girls won all but the first eight — 1993-2001, which were also won by the Rockets.

"It's always good to come to this meet and see the other local teams that you see quite often anyway," Perkins coach Steve Cremean said. "The kids swam well, we had a good meet today and we were able to put enough points together to come out on top, both boys and girls. We started it off the night before with the divers doing really well, and the swimmers picked it up from there." 

Behind the Pirates on the girls side, Oak Harbor came in second (174), followed closely by Port Clinton (168) in third, then Margaretta (68), St. Mary Central Catholic (56) and Huron (17).

Oak Harbor and Port Clinton went down to the wire for the second-place spot, something that both coaches saw coming.

"I thought on the girls side, they swam pretty well. Better than expected for some kids, particularly with having two days off with the weather," Port Clinton coach Danny Diaz said. "I was hoping to catch Oak Harbor, and be second, — (Oak Harbor coach) Andrea (Sorg) knew it would be close, I knew it would be close — we just have a really good competitive rivalry. But I'll take third, it was good. It's still a good day overall for my girls. I was happy."

"They have a lot of studs," Sorg said of Port Clinton. "Cheyenne Meek is a phenomenal athlete, but we apparently had a little bit more depth. And this is a meet that when you score to nine places, if you have some depth, it's going to pan out in our favor. But they have a great team, and a lot of nice swimmers. I don't want to take anything away from them."

The St. Mary boys finished second (131.5) for the second year in a row, while the Rockets finished third (127.5), Port Clinton was fourth (101), Margaretta took fifth (91) and Huron finished sixth (46).

"The boys did well," Sorg said of her team. "When we swam St. Mary and Margaretta it was a close meet, but we lost both of those to them, so we knew today was going to be close with one or both of them, and it was obviously close with St. Mary's. We tried to get them pumped up for their last events of the meet, and they did, they rose to the occasion, but St. Mary's got us."

Perkins' Sean Mulvin and Port Clinton's Cheyenne Meek earned Outstanding Performer honors, as both broke SBC records in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

Meek, an Ohio State recruit, broke one of the oldest standing records with her 100 freestyle performance. She finished with a time of 52.73 seconds, to top the old mark of 54.11, set by Oak Harbor's Lindsay Lange in 1999. There are two more records set from the 1999 meet and a pair set in 1998 that still stand.

Meek also broke one of the newest records, as she beat her own mark from last season in the 50 freestyle. Last season she finished with a time of 24.59, while the season she touched the wall at 23.88.

"Cheyenne did great," Diaz said. "It's the first time that I've had a P.C. swimmer swim and win all four events, so she's a four-time SBC champ, which is pretty cool for her senior year."

Mulvin also broke his own record from last season in the 100 freestyle. He finished with a time of 48.25 last season, and came up with a 47.45 performance this year. He topped former teammate Michael Kessler's 2013 record in the 50 freestyle, with a time of 21.70. Kessler posted a 22.19.

"We had Sean Mulvin breaking a couple records in his individual events, and the other boys rallied around him too and we got some nice improvements," Cremean said. "All-in-all, it was a very good, solid meet for us, especially coming off the break where we couldn't practice much and all that other stuff, so you wonder what it's going to be like. But they did a really nice job with it today."

Meek and Mulvin also both won a pair of relay events with the same three teammates in each.

Meek, Allie Schroeder, Mckenzie Stine and Taylor Steyer teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:44.21) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:49.63).

Mulvin, Ryan Gerold, CJ Capizzi and Mitchell Bruner won the 200 medley relay (1:49.36) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:29.77).

Also for the Perkins boys, Gerold won the 200 freestyle (1:53.46) and 500 freestyle (5:06.82), while Capizzi finished first in the 100 butterfly (57.64). 

Hannah Weatherly and Anna Tanaka led the Pirate girls with a pair of individual firsts and, with Mikayla Schweck and Darcy Schild, teamed up to win the 200 medley relay (1:58.21).

Weatherly also won the 200 freestyle (2:04.71) and 500 freestyle (5:32.01), while Tanaka finished first in the 100 butterfly (1:03.38) and 100 backstroke (1:04.76).

Schweck added a first in the 200 IM (2:23.88), while Schild won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.50).

During Friday night's diving competition, Perkins' Kendra Hunter compiled 346.35 points to top the field.

For the boys, SMCC's Andy Boyd won the diving competition with 364.65 points.

Nick Dudenhoefer added a pair of firsts for the Panthers, as he won the 200 IM (2:12.25) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.37).

Port Clinton's boys won the 200 freestyle relay, as Ty Gallogly, Shane Meek, Tristan Auxter and Zach Barr teamed up to finish with a time of 1:38.10.

Huron's Jack Ineson had the lone first for the Tigers, as he won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.93.