Four years after she left Edmond Memorial, Samantha Woodward's name still looms large.
Woodward still holds every individual school record at the school and was a part of two of the three relay record-setters.
This year, Annah Baykal hopes to enter that rarefied air.
Baykal's goal for her senior year is to break Woodward's record in the 100 breast stroke. Woodward swam a 1:06.33 in 2006.
Baykal finished second in the event last year at the state meet with a 1:06.65, her personal-best time.
“That's the main thing I've been working on since last year,” Baykal said. “I definitely want to break that before the year is over.
“It would be so meaningful. She owns our record board.”
Edmond coach Steve Riggs gives her a good shot at hitting the mark.
“If she continues in the training she's on now, she's got a great chance to break that record and compete for a state title,” he said.
It took Baykal some time to get settled in with Memorial last year after moving over from Classen.
“She didn't know what to expect from me or the program,” Riggs said.
Baykal also suffered a setback last year after being injured in a post-meet basketball game that kept her out for several weeks.
Since then, Baykal has bounced back to become a leader on the team.
“She's a great worker in the pool,” Riggs said. “She's one of the happiest young ladies at every meet. She's always smiling and incredibly smart.”
That last part might be an understatement.
Baykal is a National Merit Semifinalist, has visited schools like Tufts, Yale, Georgetown and Vanderbilt, is planning to major in molecular biochemistry and physics and wants to go to medical school for orthopedic surgery.
“It's just always something I've been interested in,” she said. “I really like science and I've had some really good physics and chemistry teachers. I want to challenge myself.”
As for challenges, Baykal will get another later this month at the pro-am meet at Oklahoma City Community College.
“All of the kids will be rested and shaved there and should be able to put up good times,” Riggs said. “That'll give us a good barometer of where she is.”