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High school swimming: Edmond North girls, Norman North boys dominate

Timberwolves and Lady Huskies win 6A team titles, while breaking records in the pool.
by Ed Godfrey Published: February 16, 2013
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photo - Breonna Barker (second from right), of Broken Arrow, watches the scoreboard after her win in the 50-yard freestyle during the Class 6A swim finals, at the Jenks Trojans Aquatics Center, in Jenks, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1302161713278768
Breonna Barker (second from right), of Broken Arrow, watches the scoreboard after her win in the 50-yard freestyle during the Class 6A swim finals, at the Jenks Trojans Aquatics Center, in Jenks, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1302161713278768

“We put Ally and Riley on the end of our relays,” Riggs said. “We wanted that last leg in their hands.”

Norman North senior Tomas Elder and sophomore Justin Wu each won four golds to lead the Timberwolves to a team state championship.

Wu set a state record in the 200 freestyle, eclipsing the time set last year by Tulsa Union's Eastman Holloway by .53 seconds.

“From the beginning, my eyes were on the state record,” Wu said. “It wasn't easy.”

Wu also won the 100 backstroke. He and Elder were part of two winning relay teams, the 200 freestyle and 200 medley.

The Timberwolves set a state record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:35.88, beating Bartlesville's time of 1:36.14 in 1998.

Alex Zhu and Kendon McGeehee joined Wu and Elder on the record-setting relay team.

“Coming into this, we knew could get (the state record) if we each just dropped a little bit,” McGeehee said.

Wu credited Elder, who also won the 50 and 100 freestyle individual races, for getting the relay record.

“We all swam the perfect race. Tomas Elder had an incredibly fast time and led us to that state record,” Wu said. “He was swimming the butterfly and had the fastest butterfly split in the state.”

Norman swim coach Kent Nicholson said the Timberwolves couldn't have performed much better than they did Saturday.

“They kind of piled up on energy amongst themselves and got faster than we thought they could be,” Nicholson said.

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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