Special to The Sun
A record number of Edmond swimmers head to the state championship Friday and Saturday at Jenks. Sixty-six swimmers is the most ever by the Edmond schools, and many are seeded in the top positions.
North leads the way with 32 swimmers. The Lady Huskies are the two-time defending state champions, and are a solid favorite again this season. All three relay teams are seeded No. 1, with Ally Robertson taking the top seed in the 200 Individual Medley and freshman sensation Rylee Linhardt seeded first in the 500 Freestyle. For the boys, Garrett Duncan is the top seed in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke.
Memorial brings 20 to the meet with Annah Baykal seeded first in the girls 100 Breaststroke. Naresh Naik is the top seed in the boys 500 Freestyle.
Santa Fe has 13 swimmers going, with Colton Laramore having the second seed in the 200 Freestyle. The girls have four seeds in the top eight.
“The seedings are very misleading,” said head coach Steve Riggs. “We have a lot of club swimmers who have gone faster in club meets. But we are required to turn in high school meet times, so we should expect many of them to go faster than what is entered.
“However, I am very encouraged by where we are placed. The key will be to swim hard in the prelims to get in where we need to be, then to race on Saturday. If we do that, the points will take care of themselves.”
From a team standpoint after North, the Memorial girls go in as the sixth seed and Santa Fe the 10th seed. The boys have North as the fourth seed, Memorial fifth and Santa Fe ninth.
“Those could all change except for the North girls,” Riggs said. “If we swim well, everyone can move up. We know that Jenks will swim well in their home pool, but there are a lot of races up for grabs. We are looking for an Edmond weekend in Jenks!”
The 6A preliminaries start at 10:30 a.m. Friday and the finals are at 10 a.m. Saturday. The finals will be televised by Cox Communications.