NORMAN — Norman North junior Justin Wu has already accomplished more than most high school swimmers in the state ever will.
In 2013, he was named an All-American in two events, and this year, he has a chance to achieve that status in four. He’ll compete at the national level this summer and beyond.
But he loves coming back to Norman North.
“The high school season is a team thing. It’s more about winning a championship, and not just about my times,” said Wu, the two-time Oklahoman Boys All-City Swimmer of the Year. “Our teams feed off each other, and it makes us all faster and keeps us motivated.”
Girls All-City Swimmer of the Year Madie Sarantakos sees the same dynamic at work, especially at practice, where the Norman North and Norman High boys and girls all train together.
“In the pool, we’re a huge family. People think we’re just one team, but we’re actually four,” Sarantakos said. “When our boys team is doing well, it fires us up. And we had Norman High backing us up, cheering us on. And we did the same for them. It’s really good.”
The Norman North teams swept the Class 6A team championships this season, thanks in large part to Wu and Sarantakos.
Wu broke the state meet records — which he previously held — in the 100-yard butterfly (49.01 seconds) and 200 individual medley (1:49.12). He also raced on two relay teams, both of which won gold, as the Timberwolves scored 353 team points to win the championship.