Edmond Memorial swimmer Annah Baykal sets sights high

Senior is aiming to break Samantha Woodward's record in the 100 breast stroke.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 4, 2012
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Since then, Baykal has bounced back to become a leader on the team.

“She's a great worker in the pool,” Riggs said. “She's one of the happiest young ladies at every meet. She's always smiling and incredibly smart.”

That last part might be an understatement.

Baykal is a National Merit Semifinalist, has visited schools like Tufts, Yale, Georgetown and Vanderbilt, is planning to major in molecular biochemistry and physics and wants to go to medical school for orthopedic surgery.

“It's just always something I've been interested in,” she said. “I really like science and I've had some really good physics and chemistry teachers. I want to challenge myself.”

As for challenges, Baykal will get another later this month at the pro-am meet at Oklahoma City Community College.

“All of the kids will be rested and shaved there and should be able to put up good times,” Riggs said. “That'll give us a good barometer of where she is.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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