Norman North's Justin Wu put on quite a show at state meet

ALL-CITY BOYS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR — The time that originally flashed on the scoreboard might've been wrong, but Justin Wu swam the 200 freestyle in 1:39.13 at the state meet, breaking the state record set by former Tulsa Union Eastman Holloway.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 10, 2013
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photo - Norman North's Justin Wu. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Norman North's Justin Wu. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Immediately after Justin Wu touched the pad at the Jenks Aquatic Center to end the 200 freestyle in the 6A state championships, the Norman North sophomore turned to check the scoreboard on the wall.

Wu was certain he set a state record. He knew from swimming the race so many times that he was faster than he had ever been before.

But when the scoreboard posted the time a few seconds later, Wu couldn't believe what he was seeing.

“I was in shock that I didn't break it,” Wu said. “I knew that scoreboard was lying.”

Norman North coach Kent Nicholson also suspected it was wrong by as much as seven-tenths of a second.

“It was brought to my attention by another coach who had a watch and said, “That is not what I got,'” Nicholson said. “It happens fairly often.”

A couple of minutes later, the official timers confirmed the time was wrong.

Wu swam the 200 freestyle in 1:39.13, breaking the state record set by former Tulsa Union Eastman Holloway, who is now swimming for Southern Methodist University.

It would be one of four gold medals won by Wu at the 6A state championships in February.

In addition, he defended his state title in the 100 backstroke and was a member of the Timberwolves' state champion 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays, the latter which also set a state record.

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by Ed Godfrey
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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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