The Pirates came ready to swim. Two Perkins relay teams broke 12-year-old conference records Saturday in Castalia, and the Pirates swept the Sandusky Bay Conference Swimming & Diving Championships for the fifth straight season.
Two individual swimmers for Perkins also set meet records and were named the Most Outstanding Performers.
Senior Chris Waldock had two records in one event. His opening 50-yard leg of the 200 freestyle relay (22.60 seconds) was the first — breaking Zach Henning’s 22.8-second mark from 1999 — then the team won the event in 1:30.60, another meet record.
Waldock, Kevin Ebert, Jonathan Harris and Michael Mulvin, seeded second behind Port Clinton in the 200 freestyle relay, broke the record of 1:31.09 set in 1998 by the the Pirates’ Chris Binting, Zach Roberts, Henning and David Rengel.
“That was a pleasant surprise,” Perkins coach Steve Cremean said. “We were not expecting to break many records.”
Waldock said the seed time wasn’t indicative of what the Pirates were capable of posting.
“We knew we had a chance for it, but I don’t know that we expected it,” he said.
Perkins junior Stephanie Gyurke also posted two meet records and was named the top performer for the second time in three years.
“I’m very excited and thankful everyone pushed me to get here,” said Gyurke, who set a record in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.97. “My coaches pushed me toward my goals. And the team was all part of it, and positive and supportive.”
Perkins girls, winners of 10 straight SBC crowns, set a conference record in the 400 freestyle relay (Emily Mariea, Camille Creman, Kimberly Anglin, Gyurke)in3:46.56. That eclipsed the previous mark of 3:48.11, set in 1998 by Oak Harbor.
Waldock also won the 200 medley, posting 1:58.50 to edge St. Mary CC’s Michael Gallagher.
“Honestly, I was tired. This one didn’t feel easy at all,” Waldock said after the event.
“I’ve been behind Jimmy (Chapman) for three years, and I feel like it was my turn,” said Waldock, who won the butterfly in 52.31 second to break Chapman’s mark of 52.52 from a year ago.
Gallagher won the backstroke in 55.43, just more than a second off the SBC record Chapman set in 2009 (54.27). Mulvin stood at the end of Lane 3 — Gallagher’s lane — during the third heat.
The Panthers also won the 400 freestyle relay (Gallagher, Trevor Durnwald, James Alexakos, Matt Stahl) in 3:35.93.
The day started with the diving competition as Perkins’ Kori Penrod (328.15) and Margaretta’s Tyler Beekman (286.65) both took first place.
Margaretta’s Sydney Craig had a first-place finish in the 50 in 25.34 seconds.
“I thought it went quite well,” Polar Bears coach Joe Groscost said. “I was happy, and we had a couple of really good swims.”
Gyurke was first in the 500 freestyle in 5:10.39 — the third straight yearshewontheevent—andAnglin won the backstroke in 1:02.65.
Port Clinton sophomore MacKenzie Stewart, the meet’s most oustanding performer a year ago, won the breaststroke in 1:07.89. It was 0.08 seconds short of Lindsay Lange’s conference record of 1:07.81, set in 1999 for Oak Harbor. Allie Reynolds also won the 200 freestyle for second-place Port Clinton in 1:59.65 and was first in the 100 (55.37).
Josh Scott was first for the Redskins in the 100 in 51.17 seconds.
Mulvin, a state placer in the 500 last February in Canton, won in 4:54.13 and made it four conference titles in the event, and freshman Kevin Bressler won the breaststroke in 1:02.74, nearly topping the 1:02.46 set in 2005 by Perkins’ Adam Wohl. Mulvin also won the 200 freestyle in 1:48.62, and Ebert won the 50 (23.48).
Anglin, Katie Quinn, Cremean and Jillian Chapman won the 200 medley relay for Perkins in 1:55.72.
The 200 freestyle (Chapman, Emily Mariea, Quinn, Gyurke) took 3.45 seconds off its seed time and won in 1:44.65, and the 400 relay team (Mariea, Cremean, Anglin, Gyurke) edged Port Clinton as Gyurke made up ground on Stewart in the fourth leg during the SBC record-setting swim.
“I knew MacKenzie was there to push me,” Gyurke said. “We’re like sisters. We text each other before a meet. She’s a great friend and a great competitor.”
Perkins’ boys, now with a 14th league crown, also won the 200 medley relay, as Kevin Ebert, Harris, Michael Kessler and Bressler posted a 1:46.41.
“A great day. The kids swam hard and swam good, and we had very good sportsmanship,” Cremean said. “It’s a fun, enjoyable meet for everyone to be involved in. We’re cheering on other teams, other teams are cheering you on.”