By Megan Kelley
Lake Orion High School’s swim and dive team competed in their third meet of the season on Dec. 17 against across town rival the Oxford High School Wildcats.
In their final meet of 2019 the Dragons dominated the Wildcats 100.5 points to 85.5 points.
The win boosts the young Lake Orion team to an undefeated 3-0 overall record going into 2020.
“Our main goals this season, as always, are to swim better at the end of the season than we did at the first meet. Last year, we had about 90 percent of our best times at our conference meet and my goal is to replicate those same times,” said head Coach Ben Winn.
“Then, I just want to grow as a team. You know, starting from swimmers who have zero knowledge and we also have swimmers who have been swimming for quite some time. You know, working with everyone and coming together and bonding as a consistent team.”
From last season, Winn is planning on focusing more on the fundamentals to refine certain areas, such as streamlining his swimmers’ form and kicking.
Winn anticipated a close meet against the Wildcats, adding that the boys were excited to swim against some of their friends.
Though Oxford swims in the OAA Red, while Lake Orion is competing in the OAA White, the Dragon swimmers came to win.
Senior Alex Brent kicked off the evening with a win for Lake Orion in the diving portion of the meet.
Later, freshman Evan Fox brought the natatorium to their feet with an incredible come-from-behind victory in the 200 yard individual medley.
Additionally, sophomore Kevin Vanpoelvoorde and freshman Sebastian Selem took third and fourth respectively in the medley.
Dane Herrick took first place in the 100 yard butterfly, with freshman Wyatt Pawlaczyk finishing third.
Pawlaczyk also swam strong with a second place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Additionally, junior Brendan Ledtke finished in first place in the 100 yard freestyle with Selem rounding out the top three.
The boys will be back in the pool after the new year taking on the Adams High School Highlanders in their first league meet of the season on Jan. 9 at Rochester Adams.