JENKS — The drama from Saturday's Class 6A state swimming championships was not which teams were going to win, but which eventual state champion was going to break the most state records: Edmond North's girls or Norman North's boys.
The squads finished with two each as the Lady Huskies and the Timberwolves dominated the 6A field to easily win state swim titles at the Jenks Aquatic Center.
For Edmond North, it was the Lady Huskies' third straight swimming championship. For Norman North, it was the first in school history.
Edmond North sophomore Ally Robertson captured four state titles — two individual (200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breast stroke) — and she struck gold on two winning relay teams.
She broke Samantha Woodward's state record in the 200 individual medley by .28 seconds.
“To beat a record of hers is really amazing,” Edmond coach Steve Riggs said. “It's really hard to do.”
Woodward, a former Edmond Memorial and Stanford swimmer who almost made the U.S. Olympic team, still holds state swimming records in four other events.
“I was going for it,” Robertson said of the record. “Coach Riggs threw it out there a couple of times to get it into my head. It was always on the back of mind.”
Robertson also anchored a record-setting 200 freestyle relay. Robertson, Abbie Imes, Ann-Marie Stowe and Ryanne Vance beat the old record set in 1993 by Jenks by one-hundreth of a second.
Also winning four golds for Edmond North was freshman Rylee Linhardt, who captured the 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. She was a member of the Lady Huskies' state champion 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
“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.