Bixby's boys won their second consecutive state swimming championship Saturday in a tight battle that came down to the final race — the 400-yard freestyle relay — which was won by the Spartans.
Harrah finished as state runner-up for the second straight year after winning its first state swimming championship in 2011.
“It's bittersweet,” Harrah coach Guy Worth said of the Panthers' second straight second-place finish. “We felt like we went out and performed to the best of our abilities. It's nothing to hang your head about. We have a lot coming back.”
Fort Gibson's girls won their third straight state championship, while Stillwater finished second.
GERMAN STUDENT STRIKES GOLD IN OKLAHOMA
Carl Albert senior Anka Lukannek, a foreign exchange student from Germany, won state championships in the 100 and 50 freestyle.
Lukannek said she never expected to be crowned a state champion when she joined the Carl Albert swim team this season.
“I got the medals around my neck and I see them, but I can't believe it,” she said. “When I came here, I just wanted to swim. I didn't imagine this.”
Lukannek was a competitive swimmer in Germany but said she never experienced anything like Saturday's state high school championships at the Jenks Aquatic Center.
“It's very exciting,” she said.
SHAWNEE SWIMMERS MAKE HISTORY
Shawnee crowned its first state swim champions Saturday as the Wolves won both the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
Jon Matanane, Cade Chlouber and Mark Roselius were on each relay team. Sean Winegardner was a member of the 200 medley relay, and Weston Foote was part of the 200 freestyle relay.
“It's been getting stronger,” Shawnee coach Valarie Colburn said of the school's swimming program. “We're a team that doesn't have access to a pool a lot of the time.”
Many of Shawnee's swimmers come from the local YMCA program, she said.
KINGFISHER SWIMMER ENDS CAREER ON HIGH NOTE
Mason York is the most accomplished swimmer in Kingfisher history. The senior defended his state championships Saturday in the 200 individual medley and 100 breast stroke, giving him five titles in his prep career.
As a sophomore, York also won the state championship in the 100 breast stroke.
“Hopefully, the publicity Mason has brought to the town will cause more boys to participate in swimming,” said Trent York, Mason's father and Kingfisher's coach.
Kingfisher only had four boys on the swim team this season.
A member of the Chesapeake Swim Club, Mason York has scholarship offers from Xavier and Florida Southern.
Junior Jessi Hildebrand of Newcastle won state titles in the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, giving her five state championships in her career.
Piedmont junior Kasey Rein won gold in the 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. She also won two state titles as a sophomore.
Preston Selby of Harding Charter School captured the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, setting a state 5A record in the latter with a time of 51.44.
Junior Riley Bunyard of Harrah won state championships in the 200 and 500 freestyle after finishing second in both events last year.
STILLWATER RELAYS DEFEND CROWNS
Stillwater's girls repeated as state champs in the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Sydney Goad, Brooke Njaa, Alex Thomas and Lauren Gattis comprised the winning 200 medley relay.
Goad, Thomas, Kelsey Haseley and Kayla Dunn were members of the champion 400 freestyle relay.