Crista Riggs, Edmond Santa Fe→Event: 200 Freestyle →Class: Junior →State finish: Placed eighth in Class 6A in this event. Placed second in 100 butterfly. →The story: Riggs came up huge at state, setting a school record on back-to-back days in the 100 butterfly to help Edmond Santa Fe place 11th.
Lizzy Whitbeck, McGuinness→Event: 200 Individual Medley →Class: Junior →State finish: Won this event in 5A, time would have placed first in 6A. Won 100 breaststroke, time would have placed second in 6A. Part of first-place 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. Led team to first 5A championship. →The story: Was supposed to one of the more dominant swimmers in the state and didn’t disappoint. Became the team leader this season. Swimmer of the Year
Parris Schoppa, Putnam city North→Event: 50 Freestyle →Class: Senior →State finish: Won this event in 6A. Won 100 freestyle. Part of fourth-place 200 medley and fifth-place 200 freestyle relay teams. →The story: Her goal during her high school career was to win the 50 freestyle, and she came through in her final opportunity.
Chelsea Ye, Classen→Event: 100 Butterfly →Class: Freshman →State finish: Won this event in 5A, time would have placed first in 6A. Won 100 backstroke, time would have placed first in 6A. →The story: Nobody made a bigger splash at state this year. The only Classen swimmer at state and should be a name to watch for in the future.
Grace Peters, Harrah→Event: 100 Freestyle →Class: Senior →State finish: Placed second in this event in 5A. Won the 50 freestyle. Part of third-place 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams. →The story: Harrah thrived under the separate class system, and it allowed Peters to really shine. Was named the Girls 5A Swimmer of the Year by the coaches.
Jacque Medina, Norman→Event: 500 Freestyle →Class: Sophomore →State finish: Placed third in this event in 6A. Placed fifth in 200 freestyle and part of third-place 400 freestyle relay team. →The story: A rising star in the state. Based off Medina’s strong outings, Norman placed sixth in the team race.
Kaylee Steffen, Putnam West→Event: 100 Backstroke →Class: Senior →State finish: Placed second in this event. Won the 200 individual medley, accounted for all 37 team points. →The story: Became one of the most dominant swimmers in the state this season. Will continue career at Missouri State.
Jill Enge, Edmond Memorial→Event: 100 Breaststroke →Class: Senior →State finish: Won this event in 6A. Placed third in 200 individual medley. Part of third-place 200 medley and fourth-place 200 freestyle relay teams. Team placed third. →The story: Without Samantha Woodward, Enge became total team leader and led Bulldogs to third place. Will attend Evansville. Coach of the Year
Ann Whitbeck, McGuinnessGuided team to first-ever 5A state championship, and it wasn’t even close. McGuinness won the team title by 107 points. Irish won five of the 11 events possible. By Robert Przybylo
All-City Girls Rosters
First team 200 Freestyle: Crista Riggs, Jr., Edmond Santa Fe 200 Individual Medley: Lizzy Whitbeck, Jr., McGuinness 50 Freestyle: Parris Schoppa, Sr., Putnam North 100 Butterfly: Chelsea Ye, Fr., Classen 100 Freestyle: Grace Peters, Sr., Harrah 500 Freestyle: Jacque Medina, So., Norman 100 Backstroke: Kaylee Steffen, Sr., Putnam West 100 Breaststroke: Jill Enge, Sr., Edmond Memorial Swimmer of the Year: Parris Schoppa, Putnam North Coach of the Year: Ann Whitbeck, McGuinness Second team 200 Freestyle: Grace Krepel, Fr., Kingfisher 200 Individual Medley: Nikki Colton, Sr., Edmond North 50 Freestyle: Katie Sabatino, Jr., Edmond North 100 Butterfly: Lari Jo Marshall, Sr., Westmoore 100 Freestyle: Erin Gaffney, Jr., McGuinness 500 Freestyle: Kaitlin Kliewer, So., Edmond Memorial 100 Backstroke: Amee Pena, Jr., McGuinness 100 Breaststroke: Autumn Thomas, Jr., Putnam North Honorable mention Edmond Memorial: Carlie Pearson, Fr.; Edmond North: Kathryn Rykard, So.; Shelbi McVay, Fr., Megan Barstead, Sr.; Harding Charter Prep: Elizabeth Hurd, Fr.; Harrah: Marta Valero, So.; McGuinness: Elle Fitzpatrick, Sr., Danielle Pena, Jr.; Norman: Caitlin Baker, Fr., Renee Jonason, So.; Norman North: Rebekah Martin, Sr.; Shawnee: Tatum Colburn, Sr.; Westmoore: Aubrey Myers, Sr. Selections by Robert Przybylo