Instead of heading to Oklahoma, where he's been accepted as a National Merit Scholar, Edmond Memorial swimmer Willy Utsch will head to the Spokane, Wash., area.
As a Mormon, Utsch is heading to eastern Washington for a two-year mission.
“I'm really looking forward to it,” Utsch said after competing in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Swim Meet on Monday night at Jenks High School. “It's something I've wanted to do for years, and I'm excited.”
Utsch will attend either OU or Brigham Young University when he finishes with the mission. His plan right now is to major in engineering.
“Who knows what could change in two years, though?” Utsch said.
Utsch leaves for his mission on Nov. 7, soon after he turns 19.
Utsch trained for Monday's meet for the past few weeks.
“It's pretty nostalgic to go through this again,” he said. “It brings back the memories of going to state for four years. It wrapped everything up nicely.”
The East won both the girls and boys meets, with the boys turning in a dominating performance, beating the West 61-33.
The East girls won 50-44.
The East boys were helped by a pair of meet records from Tulsa Union's Eastman Holloway. Holloway set records in the 200 freestyle (1:41.00) and 500 freestyle (4:36.68).
The East also set a meet record in the 200 medley relay at 1:40.20.
On the girls side, Union's Erika McGovern set a meet record in the 100 breast stroke at 1:09.44. McGovern also won the 200 IM.
Classen's Chelsea Ye won the 200 and 500 freestyle events.
WEATHERFORD FILLS IN NICELY
Bixby swimmer Dustin Weatherford didn't know he was going to swim in Monday's meet until late in the afternoon.
Weatherford, who was an All-State alternate, was working out at the pool around 4 p.m. Monday when he was told he was needed to fill in after Jenks' Colby DeWeese was not able to compete.
Weatherford filled in by winning the 100 freestyle at 49.98, edging Lawton Eisenhower's Mitchell Lefebvre, who finished at 50.96.
Weatherford also helped the East win the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
BY RYAN ABER