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State swimming championships: Harrah's Riley Bunyard off to good start in preliminary competition

Harrah's Riley Bunyard swam to an impressive first-place showing in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle in Friday's preliminary rounds at Edmond Aquatics Center.
by Chris Brannick Published: February 21, 2014
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— Harrah swimmer Riley Bunyard knew before the state championship meet what it took to win. The senior swam on Harrah's title-winning team in 2011.

But it was two state runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013 that really paced Bunyard for a run at one more title to end his high school career.

He'll get that chance at Saturday morning's Class 5A championship meet.

Bunyard swam to an impressive first-place showing in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle in Friday's preliminary rounds at Edmond Aquatics Center. He also swam in two relays, helping Harrah to qualify for Saturday's championships with two seventh-place finishes in both the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

“Riley is right on track,” Harrah coach Guy Worth said. “He's got a game plan and he's held true to what he wanted to do. He said today he wanted to go 4:50 in that 500 and that's exactly what he did.”

Bunyard's qualify time of 4:50 was 16 seconds ahead of Carl Albert sophomore Alex Lawrence and 47 seconds ahead of the final qualifier, Bixby's Asher Huskinson.

“He kind of knows where his limits are and where he is at, he was consistent,” Worth said. “I'd say he was on cruise control. He was right in his zone.”

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by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor, OKC Energy FC Reporter
Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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