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Periat on track to pursue his swimming career after Port Clinton

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Rather than avoid each other, Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown’s Taplin Seelbach spoke with Port Clinton’s Kami Periat after the 50-yard freestyle preliminaries at the state swimming championships in Canton.

“The girl first supported me and pushed me,” Periat said. “We talked and she knew I was close. I knew I could have her. She’s really sweet. I hope she’s back and I can have her.”

Seelbach is a junior. She finished first in the state in 23.24 seconds, 0.44 better than Periat in second.

“In my head, there’s no way I’m second,” she said. “These girls are shrinking and they will go really fast. There were no high expectations. I was shocked when I saw this.”

Periat finished 11th in the 100 butterfly in 57.64 at State. She won the 50 freestyle and the district 100 butterfly.

She finished the freestyle in 23.54 seconds, a 4A and a national qualifying time.

“Port Clinton has a first place [MacKenzie Stewart] in the state,” she said. “Maybe I can cheer myself up and get another first for our team.”

She, Carlie Blaesing, Gabbi Porter and Alexa Taylor finished first in the district’s 200 medley relay. They finished eighth at the state level in the medley and 10th in the 200 m freestyle relay.

“Our team as a whole has gone from SBC to sectional,” Periat said. “Everybody in the team went a lot faster. We had really good training and Coach [Dan] Diaz has a good training plan. Oak Harbor can shrink and lose four seconds.

“We don’t normally do this. At the time of the section we were better prepared.”

Periat holds school records in the 100 butterfly (56.84) and 100 backstroke (1:00.12). The same four set a pool record in the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.01).

They set a school and pool record in the 200 medley relay (1:39.29). Periat holds the 50m freestyle pool record in 24.06 at Oak Harbor.

Periat finished 10th in the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly in state as a rookie. She also qualified with a 200m freestyle and 200m medley relay.

The medley was disqualified in the preliminaries.

“We didn’t expect it to come to this,” she said. “It was exciting.”

She wanted to be on the steps.

“The top nine get on the podium,” she said. “I was one point short. It was a big goal.”

She worked to swim the butterfly in under 57 seconds and beat 24 seconds in the 50 freestyle.

She attended a regional meet at Cleveland State in seventh and eighth grades. She finished first in the 100 freestyle and tied for first in the 50 freestyle, a rarity in the pool.

She set a few competitive records for the Port Clinton Piranhas and Fremont Sand Otters club teams. She set six snooker records for Port Clinton in college.

She will be swimming with the Sand Otters this summer. She could take part in a few regional competitions and beyond if she progresses.

She takes a break from the pool for the track, before diving back five or six days a week. She wants to swim after high school.

“I looked at a few colleges,” she said. “My long-term goals are to get my name better known at some big colleges.”

She learned to swim in Leann Lake during a visit to the family cabin in Michigan.

“No one in my family swims,” ​​she said. “I didn’t know anything. I was with the grandkids when they signed me up for lessons. Since then I’ve had a great support system, especially my grandfather [Dennis Felton] encouraging me to succeed.

“He’s my #1 fan.”

Felton and Brad Meek are close friends. Meek is the father of graduate Cheyenne Meek, another state qualifier and Port Clinton record holder.

“He’s trying to give me training advice that he got,” Periat said.

Anything to get past Seelbach first.

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