Justin Wu breaks state records as Norman North sweeps 6A swimming titles

STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS — The junior was electrifying, winning two individual gold medals while breaking his own state records he set just 24 hours before and anchoring two relay teams to victories.
by Jacob Unruh Published: February 22, 2014

— Norman North's shirts may have said it best Saturday.

Marked with the words “The Dream Team” across the front, the Timberwolves certainly looked the part as they won both the boys and girls Class 6A swimming state championships at the Edmond Schools Aquatic Center in impressive fashion.

And that dominance started with Justin Wu.

The junior was electrifying, winning two individual gold medals while breaking his own state records he set just 24 hours before and anchoring two relay teams to victories.

“Honestly, I was going to go easy the first day but after seeing how well my teammates did and how fast they swam, I decided that I wanted to go fast on Friday and then go faster on Saturday as well,” Wu said.

The Norman North boys totaled 353 points, beating Bartlesville by 42 to win their second straight championship.

The girls, meanwhile, found a way to knock off three-time defending champion Edmond North, 365-320, to win their first championship in school history.

“We didn't see it coming, but now that it's here it's all real and really emotional for everyone,” Norman North sophomore Madie Sarantakos said. “We came closer as a team, we've done a lot of bonding things. We were just so close and we knew we were going to get it.”

Norman North entered the final race with a 331-290 lead against the Huskies and then finished second in the 400-yard freestyle relay to seal the victory. Edmond North finished fourth in the event.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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