All-State swimming: 5A state champ, foreign exchange student returns to race

The last time Anka Lukannek was in the U.S., she was named an honorary graduate from Carl Albert and won gold in both the 50 free and the 100 free in the Class 5A state swim meet.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: July 29, 2013

The last time Anka Lukannek was in the United States, she was named an honorary graduate from Carl Albert and won gold in both the 50 free (24.72 seconds) and the 100 free (53.61 seconds) in the 5A state swim meet.

The Quakenbrück, Germany, native earned four total medals as a foreign exchange student at that meet.

On Monday, Lukannek was back in the pool in Oklahoma. She returned to the U.S. on July 24, swam three days of prep with Carl Albert coaches and raced. She won two events, winning the Girls 100 Yard Freestyle (55.24) and the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (4:00.06) and finishing third in the Girls 50 Yard Freestyle.

Lukannek will return to Germany for what will be her junior year there. She and her dad are planning to return next summer, according to Carl Albert assistant coach Kirk Norman. In Germany, she won't swim for a college team since they compete for their community club squad. However, she is already being looked at by universities in America.

“This was fun,” Lukannek said. “It was just another meet, but I think meets here are more fun than Germany. It's a different atmosphere. I'm happy that I won, but if I hadn't, I'd be fine. My team won, so I'm happy.”


Several swimmers competing at the All-State meet were in their fourth day of competition, which is exhausting for swimmers who have to refuel and refocus for new events.

Swimmers such as Alex Ballard, Dovie Rayburn, Zac Cook and Rylee Hess all swam Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Oklahoma Age Group Championship meet put on by USA Swimming.

There were an estimated 350 swimmers at the three-day event.


Naresh Naik of Edmond Memorial broke one record, then another and then another at All-State.

Naik, who will swim at Missouri State, started with his 200-Yard Medley Relay team breaking a 2012 record, then broke the 200-Yard IM set in 2007 and the Boys 500-Yard Freestyle record set in 2012.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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