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

Norman North's Tomas Elder also won two individual medals and was a member of the championship relay squads, but Wu's state record gives him the nod over his teammate for The Oklahoman's All-City Swimmer of the Year.

Wu was shooting for the record going into the state swim meet.

“In season, there were a couple of times where I was within a couple of tenths (of a second) of it, but I was never able to get under it,” Wu said.

But Wu was well-rested entered the state championships as the team cut back on its workouts in preparation. He cut five seconds off his time in the 200 freestyle from his freshman to his sophomore season.

Wu still has a high ceiling. His skills will improve with more experience and he will get physically stronger with age, Nicholson said.

“He kept getting faster after state,” Nicholson said. “He is not going to drop five seconds a year, but conservatively he is going to drop four more seconds before he graduates. That record could go down quite a bit.”

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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