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Oklahoma preps swimming: Girls all-city team

Oklahoman Published: April 15, 2009
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n 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, McGuinness
Guided 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

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