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High school swimming: Norman North might be state championship favorite

Timberwolves will likely battle Tulsa Union, Bartlesville for the title. Norman North has more depth than others.
by Ed Godfrey Published: January 23, 2013
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photo - Norman North defending state champion 200 Medley Relay swimmers Kendon McGehee, Justin Wu, Toma's Elder and Alex Zhu on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Norman, Okla.   Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman  STEVE SISNEY - THE OKLAHOMAN
Norman North defending state champion 200 Medley Relay swimmers Kendon McGehee, Justin Wu, Toma's Elder and Alex Zhu on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman STEVE SISNEY - THE OKLAHOMAN

Both Wu and Elder are also members of Norman North's two-time defending state champion 200 medley relay with Alex Zhu (breastroke) and Kendon McGehee (freestyle). That relay, with Wu swimming the backstroke and Elder the butterfly, also has the fastest time in the state this season as has the Timberwolves 400 freestyle relay of Elder, Alex McMillen, McGehee and Wu.

“We've had a bunch of good teams here,” Nicholson said, “but we're as fast as we've ever been and much deeper than we've ever been.”

Riggs said depth is the key to Norman North winning a state championship. Schools can have as many as four swimmers in each event.

“I think his (Nicholson's) depth is good enough that most of the guys are going to score points at state,” Riggs said. “Union has some good swimmers, but Norman North just has a lot more of them.”

Norman North's last dual of the season is Thursday at Jenks. The Timberwolves then compete in the Mid-State Conference swim meet on the first weekend of February before the state championship meet on Feb. 15-16 in Jenks.

“We're just trying to get faster in these next two meets and go into state as ready as we can be,” Nicholson said.