High school swimming: Edmond North girls, Norman North boys dominate

Timberwolves and Lady Huskies win 6A team titles, while breaking records in the pool.
by Ed Godfrey Published: February 16, 2013
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photo - Breonna Barker (second from right), of Broken Arrow, watches the scoreboard after her win in the 50-yard freestyle during the Class 6A swim finals, at the Jenks Trojans Aquatics Center, in Jenks, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1302161713278768
Breonna Barker (second from right), of Broken Arrow, watches the scoreboard after her win in the 50-yard freestyle during the Class 6A swim finals, at the Jenks Trojans Aquatics Center, in Jenks, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1302161713278768

— The drama from Saturday's Class 6A state swimming championships was not which teams were going to win, but which eventual state champion was going to break the most state records: Edmond North's girls or Norman North's boys.

The squads finished with two each as the Lady Huskies and the Timberwolves dominated the 6A field to easily win state swim titles at the Jenks Aquatic Center.

For Edmond North, it was the Lady Huskies' third straight swimming championship. For Norman North, it was the first in school history.

Edmond North sophomore Ally Robertson captured four state titles — two individual (200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breast stroke) — and she struck gold on two winning relay teams.

She broke Samantha Woodward's state record in the 200 individual medley by .28 seconds.

“To beat a record of hers is really amazing,” Edmond coach Steve Riggs said. “It's really hard to do.”

Woodward, a former Edmond Memorial and Stanford swimmer who almost made the U.S. Olympic team, still holds state swimming records in four other events.

“I was going for it,” Robertson said of the record. “Coach Riggs threw it out there a couple of times to get it into my head. It was always on the back of mind.”

Robertson also anchored a record-setting 200 freestyle relay. Robertson, Abbie Imes, Ann-Marie Stowe and Ryanne Vance beat the old record set in 1993 by Jenks by one-hundreth of a second.

Also winning four golds for Edmond North was freshman Rylee Linhardt, who captured the 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. She was a member of the Lady Huskies' state champion 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

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by Ed Godfrey
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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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