Three individual swimmers broke state records at the Class 5A Swimming State Championships at Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center: Classen SAS senior Chelsea Ye, Miami's Khyle Hill and Newcastle sophomore Jessi Hildebrand.
Hildebrand won state championships in the girls 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle. She obliterated her 2011 state record of 5:16.16 with a time of 5:09.17 seconds.
“I'm happy with it, but I really, really wanted to go under 5 minutes,” she said. “You take what you can.”
NORMAN NORTH BREAKS SCHOOL RELAY RECORD
Norman North's team of Justin Wu, Alex Zhu, Tomas Elder and Kendon McGehee broke the school record 200 medley relay record with a time of 1:38.03 in route to the 6A event title. Coach Kent Nicholson was overcome with joy for his kids.
“That was awesome,” Nicholson said. “Every single one of those guys had best times in their splits. They just looked awesome out there.”
Wu won the 100 backstroke title with a time of 51.13.
HOLLOWAY BREAKS 12-YEAR-OLD RECORD
Tulsa Union senior Eastman Holloway broke his 2011 200 freestyle record of 1:39.99 with a time of 1:39.66. He also broke a 12-year-old record of 4:31.91 in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:30.31.
“I'm very glad to have broken those records,” Holloway said. “We have a great coaching staff at Union, and they do not get enough credit.”
His wins helped secure Tulsa Union the boys' 6A state championship. Edmond North won the girls' 6A state championship with 347 points.
FORT GIBSON DEFENDS 5A CROWN
Fort Gibson's girls team won its second state championship in as many years. Coach Connie Dean gushed about her girls' performance.
“Last year we just kind of cruised, and we knew coming in, even though we were defending state champions, that we were kind of the underdogs,” she said. “The girls knew they had to go out and have their best swim today, and that's what they did.”
Bixby won the 5A boys' state crown and marked the meet with a state record in the 400 freestyle relay of 3:21.35.