The 2018 Valley Oak League Swimming Championship meet was held at Oakdale High School on Saturday, April 28. At the meet senior Caden Nord broke a school record in the 100 yard butterfly event. The previous record was set in 2013 by Ryan Jones.
“I was excited when I looked up at the big board and saw my time,” said Nord following his 54.18 second swim. “I’ve been looking forward to today all year and now that it is over I can’t believe it, I set my goal to break the record and I did it.”
This was Nord’s lone individual event, but he also swam in three relay events. Along with Ethan Perry, Aron Cameron and Stash Perry, Nord and company took first in the 200 yard medley. In the 200 yard freestyle, Nord, Stash Perry, Chandler Neal and Cameron placed second. In the 400 yard freestyle along with Nord were Stash Perry, Ethan Perry and Neal; the foursome finished second.
Ethan Perry took first place in the 200 IM and Stash Perry took second in the 200 yard freestyle. Cameron finished second in the 100 yard breaststroke. Neal placed third in the 50 yard freestyle. As a team, the varsity boys finished third overall with 89 team points. Ripon took first with 145 points.
For the girls, Kayla Peterson placed first in the 100 yard backstroke event. Daytona McGinnis took third in the 100 yard butterfly. Also taking third place was Madi Blanc in the 100 yard breaststroke. Kassidy Houck placed third in the 100 yard freestyle. In relay action, Peterson, Blanc, McGinnis and Houck placed second in the 200 yard medley. The foursome also placed second in the 200 yard freestyle and the 400 yard freestyle. Oakdale finished second overall as a team with 99 points, Ripon came in first with 168 points.
The junior varsity girls came in second place as a team with 92.5 points, just 3.5 points behind first place Kimball.
The postseason continues on Thursday, May 10 at Tokay High School for the girls section qualifier and the boys qualifier takes place on May 11 at Tokay High School. Section Finals are scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at Tokay.