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.