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All-City girls swimming first team

A closer look at the athletes on The Oklahoman All-City girls swimming team.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 10, 2013

photo - Norman North swimmer Madison Sarantakos. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman  STEVE SISNEY - THE OKLAHOMAN
Norman North swimmer Madison Sarantakos. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman STEVE SISNEY - THE OKLAHOMAN

Anka Lukannek

Carl Albert

Class: Senior

Event: 100 Freestyle

The story: A foreign exchange student from Germany, Lukannek won both of her individual events in the Class 5A state championships, capturing the 100 freestyle and the 50 freestyle.

Rylee Linhardt

Edmond North

Class: Freshman

Event: 500 Freestyle

The story: Linhardt's first trip to the 6A state swimming championships couldn't have gone any better.

She won two state individual titles in the 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. She also was a member on two of Edmond North's state championship relay squads, the 200 medley and 400 freestyle.

Alex Ballard


Class: Senior

Event: 100 Backstroke

The story: Ballard swam to two third-place finishes in the state 6A championships in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. She finished less than a second behind state champion Madie Sarantakos in the 100 butterfly and just over a second behind state champ Rylee Lindhardt in the 100 backstroke.

Annah Baykal

Edmond Memorial

Class: Senior

Event: 100 Breast stroke

The story: Baykal finished her high school swimming career with a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly, just .19 behind Madie Sarantakos, and a third-place finish in the 100 breast stroke.

She broke the Edmond Memorial school record for the fastest time in the 100 breast stroke. That record had stood for 31 years

Coach of the Year

Steve Riggs

Edmond North

The story: Riggs led the Edmond North Lady Huskies to their third straight state swimming championship, dominating the rest of the Class 6A field and setting two state records. Edmond North won seven of the 11 races in the state swim meet, including all three relays.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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