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All-State swimming notebook: Edmond Memorial's Willy Utsch on a mission

by Ryan Aber Modified: July 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm •  Published: July 23, 2012
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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.”

EAST SWEEPS

The East won both the girls and boys meets, with the boys turning in a dominating performance, beating the West 61-33.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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