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Class 6A swimming: Edmond North's Ally Robertson breaks state record

by Ed Godfrey Published: February 16, 2013
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photo - Swimmers swim during the first state meet inside the new Jenks Trojans Aquatics Center, in Jenks, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1302161713268767
Swimmers swim during the first state meet inside the new Jenks Trojans Aquatics Center, in Jenks, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1302161713268767

Edmond North's Ally Robertson defended her state swimming championship in 200 individual medley, which she won as a freshman, Saturday, but also broke a state record set by Samantha Woodward.

Robertson remembers when Woodward was swimming for Edmond Memorial and setting state records in 2007 and 2008.

“I was pretty young when she was still swimming here, but everyone knew her,” Robertson said. “Seeing how many (records) she has already, it was really an honor, actually, to beat it.”

Woodward is Oklahoma's most decorated swimmer, having won eight state championships.

ELDER WIPES AWAY DISAPPOINTMENT

Norman North senior Tomas Elder had been stewing for a year after finishing second in the 50 freestyle at last year's state swimming championships.

“I was extremely disappointed last year after getting out-punched by seven-hundreths of a second,” Elder said. “It just stuck with me and motivated me. As soon as I saw that one next to my name (Saturday), it was a big weight off of my shoulders, just to finally have an individual state championship.”

LAST TIME TO COACH HIS DAUGHTER

For Edmond swim coach Steve Riggs, Saturday was sort of sad, even though Edmond North won its third straight team title. For the past seven years, one of Riggs' daughters, Crista or Sara, has been a member of the Edmond Santa Fe swim team.

“This is my youngest daughter's (Sara) last meet. She's not going to swim in college,” Riggs said. “After today, I won't be a swim parent. It will have been about 12 or 13 years since my daughters have started in swimming and have grown up. It's an emotional thing.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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