A tight swim meet eventually went the way of the hosts.
Winning eight of 13 boys events Saturday and six of 13 girls events allowed Sandusky to sweep the A-Behr Classic VIII for the second straight season, as the Streaks were in a too-close-to-call contest with Margaretta.
The battle, Sandusky coach Tommy Patterson said, was between Sandusky’s ability to collect wins against Margaretta’s depth.
“Our numbers (on the boys team) are down and Margaretta has a lot of swimmers,” Patterson said after six points separated first and second in the boys meet. “We swam two swimmers against their four. We needed top tier points and we got them. It was a tight meet. We stepped it up and they knew what they had to do.”
The Blue Streaks had a 409.5-391 margin in the girls race and Huron was fourth with 102.5. The Tigers were sixth in the boys meet with 114 points.
“I’m very happy. We’ve got some young-uns who are new and have never been in a meet like this,” Margaretta coach Joe Groscost said. “So I’m very happy.”
The title is the seventh overall and fifth straight for the Sandusky boys, who’ve won the A-Behr in all but one year (2004) since it began in 2002.
Gus Everson had four firsts for the boys — two as an individual and two on relay teams — and Tayor Vargo matched that effort for the Sandusky girls.
“It was a good meet — a fun meet,” Everson said. “We had to win everything we could.
“Everyone did their part and we got it (done).”
Everson won the 50 freestyle in 22.39 seconds and the 100 in 48.89 to break his own meet record a year ago, and Vargo was first in the 200 medley (2:17.22) and won the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.02 — both new meet-records.
“I’m coming off a (shoulder) injury, but I’m happy with what I did,” said Vargo, a freshmen who has already set pool and school records early in her career. “I’m happy the team won. I’m happy if we go to a bigger meet and drop more time.”
Margaretta has three A-Behr Girls Classic Titles since 2005, and with Saturday’s win the Streaks have three as well. The 409.5 points is the most team points for 12 places since the Polar Bears had 409 in 2006.
“Eve (London) got it started Thursday with a win in the diving,” Patterson said. The Streaks got help with a 1-2-3- finish in the 200 freestyle, with Britana Cremean taking first in 2:10.75.
“Margaretta has a couple of state-qualifying girls on their team and we’re very young,” Patterson said.
Sydney Craig, a junior who was a state qualifier a year ago, won the 50 free in 26.44 and the 100 freestyle in 57.20 for the Polar Bears.
Rachel Patten was first in the 500 (5:52.67) as well, and Tyler Beekman was first in the boys’ diving event.
Sandusky swept the 200 and 400 freestyle relays; Holly Lippus, Cremean, Abigail Brink and Vargo won the 200 in 1:47.84 to break the meet record from last year. Zachary Waddington, Eric Bondarenko, Nolan Murray, and Everson clocked 1:36.43 in the boys 200, and Jack Stauffer, Bondarenko, Jeremy White and Gus Everson finished the 400 in 3:34.48.
Lippus, Cremean, Mary Murray and Vargo set a meet record in the 400 relay 3:55.93, becoming the first group to finish the event at the A-Behr in less than four minutes. The previous record was 4:02.74.
“Every single girl had their best time along the way,” Patterson said.
White won the 200 freestyle for the Streaks in 2:00.76 and Stauffer was first in the 200 medley (2:17.54) and 100 backstroke (1:03.16).
Sandusky’s Stauffer, Brock Cremean, Eric Bondarenko and Zachary Waddington won the 200 medley relay in 1:51.98.
“We were in the hole after diving, and we didn’t have any divers,” Patterson said. “We clawed back and we were up going into the last relay (400 freestyle), but they had four teams and we had two. It was exciting right to the end. It should be a fun dual meet.”