Off to College: Edmond Memorial's Katherine Pendergraft likes small-town feel of Oklahoma Baptist

Katherine Pendergraft found the young OBU swimming program to be the perfect fit for her.
by Scott Wright Published: August 5, 2012

Attending Oklahoma Baptist wasn't a longtime goal for Katherine Pendergraft.

“I don't think I knew the college existed until I found out they were getting a swimming program from my coach,” the Edmond Memorial swimmer said with a laugh.

Now, Pendergraft can't imagine a better fit for her academic and athletic future.

“I've always been a small-town person,” said Pendergraft, who grew up in the northeastern Oklahoma town of Kansas before moving to Edmond. “The OBU campus is small and there aren't very many people, so it really had that small-town feel. The professors and staff I met were very warm, and they wanted you to be there. You weren't just another student.”

The OBU swimming program is in its infancy, but it's growing up quick. The men's team won an NAIA championship this past season, and the women's team put a swimmer on Uruguay's Olympic team.

The team's coach, Sam Freas, has coached the South African Olympic team, as well as college posts at Arkansas, Hawaii and LSU.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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