LINWOOD — The Ocean City High School girls swimming team got key wins from seniors Ryann Styer and Maggie Wallace, as expected, in an opening day meet at Mainland Regional on Tuesday.
Several other Red Raiders added victories and points to give Ocean City a 95-75 win against the improved Mustangs.
The meet was the debut of new Ocean City girls swimming coach Ian Keyser.
“I thought we started very well,” Keyser said. “I wasn’t too sure how it would go, since it was our first meet, but I think they exceeded their own expectations. Maggie and Ryann are the centerpieces of the team, and they were great. We had others do very well, too.
“This is only a start. Opening up with a meet against Mainland is always tough. We have a long way to go this year.”
Wallace switched up a little from her usual distance swimming routine, doing the backstroke leg of O.C.’s first-place 200-meter medley relay team. Then she won the 200 freestyle, one of her usual races, and returned to win the 100 backstroke by three lengths late in the meet.
“I did a lot of backstroke as a sophomore, and I liked doing it again,” said Wallace, a 17-year-old Ocean City resident. “It’s a little pause from doing freestyle. It was a good start for us. It was good to see what the girls can do, and see what we can do with the lineup.”
Styer won her usual events, the 50 and 100 freestyle races, and anchored two winning relays. Styer’s time of 26.25 seconds in the 50 was a start in her quest to break her own school record of 25.7, set last winter.
“I’m happy with the way I swam today,” said Styer, a 17-year-old Longport resident. “To get faster (in the sprint freestyle races) you work on the little things. I was closer to my best time (in the 50) than I thought I would be.”
Ocean City freshman Alex Antonov won the 100 butterfly by three lengths, and she and teammate Claudia Scherbin each added two relay wins. O.C.’s Andrea Teofanova took the 400 freestyle by three lengths.
Mainland freshman Katie McClintock won the 200 individual medley and dominated the 100 breaststroke with a win by more than 11 seconds. McClintock anchored the Mustangs’ winning 400 freestyle relay, and the others were Chloe DeGaetano, Valerie Speirs and freshman Madeline Falk.
“Ocean City is a tremendous team that has been in the state finals the last two years, and it’s always fun to see how we match up against them,” said Mike Schiavo, the Mainland girls swimming coach. “We’re a little stronger than last year, with a lot more bodies on the team, which is always a lot of fun. It was a nice start. We’re looking forward to more team growth.”
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At Mainland Regional, meters
200 Medley Relay—OC (Maggie Wallace, Alex Antonov, Claudia Scherbin, Ryann Styer) 2:03.88; 200 Freestyle—Wallace OC 2:08.72; 200 IM—Katie McClintock M (no time); 50 Freestyle—Styer OC 26.25; 100 Butterfly—Antonov OC 1:08.46; 100 Freestyle—Styer OC 1:01.87; 400 Freestyle—Andrea Teofanova OC 4:54.14; 200 Freestyle Relay—OC (Antonov, Scherbin, Brooke Powell, Styer) 1:54.49; 100 Backstroke—Wallace OC 1:07.02; 100 Breaststroke—McClintock M 1:13.24; 400 Freestyle Relay—M (Chloe DeGaetano, Valeries Speirs, Madeline Falk, McClintock) 4:20.76.
Records—Ocean City 1-0, Mainland 0-1.