Unlike traditional meets, where the bulk of the events are individual races, all of the events in Saturday’s meet were, as the name implies, relays.
The format seemed to benefit Woodstock, which was able to mix experienced swimmers with talented newcomers. The Wolverines had relay teams place in the top two of nearly every race.
In the girls portion of the meet, Woodstock scored 382 points to beat Etowah by 10 points. River Ridge (236) was third, followed by Cherokee (168), Sequoyah (154) and Creekview (94).
Etowah did its part to catch Woodstock down the stretch. The team of Megan Young, Taylor Weiss, Katie Taylor and Lauren Oglesby won the 400-yard freestyle relay, but Woodstock had teams at second and sixth to maintain the victory.
The Lady Wolverines opened the meet strong, winning the 200 medley relay and placing another team fifth.
In the second girls event of the meet, the 200 butterfly relay, Woodstock put teams in second and fifth. The trend continued as the Lady Wolverines had two relay teams score points in every event of the meet.
Teams from either Etowah or Woodstock won every event in the girls portion.
Key swimmers from Etowah included Rachel Steppe, Megan Omera, Kailey Austin, Lauren Case and Madison Tank.
In the boys meet, Woodstock won by a much larger margin than the girls.
Relying on the strength of their veteran swimmers, the Wolverines finished with 344 points — more than 60 points ahead of second-place Sequoyah (280).
Either Woodstock or Sequoyah won every boys event.
Etowah (272) was a close third, followed by River Ridge (262), Creekview (102) and Cherokee (90).
Key swimmers from Woodstock included Alarii Levreault-Lopez (400 free relay, 200 fly relay, 500 free relay), Matt Weissel (400 free relay, 200 fly relay) and Giovanni Oliva (400 free relay, 200 back relay, 200 fly relay).
Ben and Jack Syers were key for Sequoyah. The brothers competed in the 400 free, 200 medley and 200 free relays.
Tanner Bledsoe (400 free relay) and Cory Hire (200 back relay) helped Etowah to its third-place finish.