Day 2 Swimming thoughts...
By Robert Przybylo
It’s nearly 8 on a Saturday night, but I am done. Unfortunately, I was not able to fit in all the coverage I was hoping for.
So don’t fret if not all of the great outings today don’t make Sunday’s paper. There is still plenty more to come. Look for a story on the McGuinness girls as well as notes and the lengthy results.
Three out of four ain’t bad, right? Jenks dominated the boys field and held off Tulsa Union for the girls title. McGuinness girls cruised to the title while Bixby is the lone blemish as the Spartans won the 5A boys. I predicted Heritage Hall, who placed fourth.
Thoughts, observations, etc.
- Several multi-time winners today. Isaac McKnight gave Chickasha its first swimming titles ever. Putnam North’s Parris Schoppa achieved her dream of winning both the 50 and 100 free.
- Dakota Wheeler of Westmoore came out of nowhere this year to smoke the field in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.
- Typ Whinnery of Deer Creek impressed me with his ability to win the 500 free by a lengthy margin and then coming back to win the 100 breaststroke not that much later.
- Norman North’s Ian McKenzie has always been a bridesmaid but Saturday became the bride. He’s won 16 medals in four years with the T’Wolves but his win by less than three-tenths vs. Jenks’ Jacob Pearce in the 100 freestyle was his first title.
- Edmond Memorial’s Jill Enge and Edmond North’s Nikki Colton were attached at the hip. In the 200 IM, it was Colton edging out Enge by .04 to earn second (Putnam West’s Kaylee Steffen won). Then in the 100 breaststroke, it was Enge returning the favor, beating Colton by .07 to win the event.
- Narayan Naik of Heritage Hall earned a couple of titles and early on, it appeared the Chargers might be taking home a title. But Bixby came up huge down the stretch and Fort Gibson and Harrah made late surges. The Harrah team surprised me the most. Coach Guy Worth got every bit he could from his boys and girls.
- Had a chance to talk with Classen’s Josh Morgan, who is serving as the school sponsor for freshman Chelsea Ye. Ye won two titles Saturday. Morgan told me he swam club when he was younger, “but that was a long time ago.” He’s in awe and loving every minute of it with Ye’s success. She should be the toast of the school come Monday.
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