“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.