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.”
THE FOURTH DAY
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.
But Naik wasn't the only one who broke a record. Starting with the first event, records were broken at the OCA All-State swim meet.
The Girls 200-Yard Medley Relay of Alex Ballard, Annah Baykal, Ann-Marie Stowe and Dovie Rayburn broke the 2008 record of 1:56.29 with a time of 1:55.41.
The Boys 200-Yard Medley Relay of Preston Selby, Mason York, Tomas Elder and Naik also broke the meet record set in 2012 with a time of 1:40.20. The 2013 West Team set the record at 1:36.40.
The Boys 400-Yard Freestyle Relay of Zac Cook, Naik, Colton Laramore and Selby broke the meet record set in 2004 (3:18.02). The 2013 Relay team swam a 3:16.71.
Colton Krause of Bartlesville broke Aaron Inkrott's 2001 record of 51.31 in the Boys 100-Yard Butterfly. Krause swam a 50.83. Chase Davis of Union broke the 1999 record of 1:01.18 set by Cory Gallagher in the 100-Yard Breaststroke. Davis swam a 58.70.
The most exciting record breaking event came at the Boys 200-Yard Individual Medley when Davis and Naik went stroke for stroke in the final 50 meters. Naik beat Davis by .13 of a second and set a record. Naik swam a 1:54.05. The 2007 record he broke was 1:57.22.
Then Naik smashed the 4:36.68 record for the Boys 500-Yard Freestyle when he swam a 4:34.69.
“It was fun to break the records because it was my last high school meet ever,” Naik said.
Colton Krause won two individual events: the Boys 200-Yard Freestyle and the 100-Yard Butterfly.
Alex Ballard of Moore also won two individual events: the Girls 100-Yard Butterfly and the 100-Yard Backstroke.
Sara Riggs of Edmond Santa Fe and Zac Cook of Edmond Memorial were named the Jim Thorpe Award winners.
The West beat the East 119-64 in team competition.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM