Breaking a swimming record that belonged to Samantha Woodward is a lofty achievement.
Woodward, the most decorated swimmer in Oklahoma history, held five state records before last February's state high school swimming championships in Jenks.
The former Edmond Memorial and Stanford standout now has four as Ally Robertson of Edmond North snatched one of them away.
Robertson, The Oklahoman's All City Swimmer of the Year, broke Woodward's record in the 200 individual medley by .28 of a second with a time of 2:03.65, winning the state championship in the race for the second consecutive year.
Robertson won four state titles in Jenks and just missed also breaking the state record in the 100 back stroke.
She also was a member on two of Edmond North's three state championship relay teams as the Lady Huskies won the team title for the third straight year.
However, breaking a Samantha Woodward record was the highlight of the state swimming championship.
Like a baseball pitcher throwing a no-hitter, Robertson didn't want to discuss the possibility of breaking the record before the state swim meet. She didn't want to jinx it.
“I didn't want to put it out there to everyone that I am going for the record,” Robertson said. “I didn't want it to be talked about.”
When she touched the electronic pad to end the race, Robertson said she knew it would be close to the record.
“From swimming the event so many times, you know your pace,” Robertson said. “I felt I was around there.”
Robertson waited anxiously for a few seconds in the pool for the time to appear on the electronic scoreboard. When it finally was posted, she said it felt like a huge weight had been lifted from her shoulders.
“I knew (coach Steve Riggs) would be happy because it was one of Samantha Woodward's records, which is crazy” Robertson said. “It's like an honor. She left an incredible name for Oklahoma.”
Only a sophomore, Robertson will have chances to break more state records before her high school career is through.
“There are definitely technical things I need to work on,” she said. “Hopefully, next year I can make it (the record) faster.”