The Edmond Sun

February 19, 2014

North teams take second in regionals

State meet begins 5 p.m. Friday at Edmond Schools Aquatic Center

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — In the first west regional swim meet last weekend, Edmond Schools qualified more swimmers for the state championships than ever before. With 78 local athletes participating at the Edmond Schools Aquatic Center, 70 of them made the cut and will be competng at the state meet this Friday and Saturday again held at the Edmond Schools Aquatic Center inside Mitch Park.

In the girls regional, the Edmond North Lady Huskies finished second to Norman North. Edmond Memorial wound up taking third and Edmond Santa Fe landed in the seventh slot in the 12-team field.

North’s Ally Robertson won two individual events as she took the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breastroke. She then swam on the 200 Free Relay with Ryanne Vance, Olivia Metzer, and Olivia Seefeldt for an additional gold medal.

Natalie Vorel of Memorial won the 500 Freestyle for the Lady Bulldogs and top scorers for Santa Fe were Riley Powelson, who finished fifth in the 100 Backstroke. The 400 Free Relay team of Powelson, Alexis Ly, Christen Bianchi, and Blair Bradley also finished fifth.

In the boys competition, North finished second to defending state champion Norman North. The Bulldogs of Memorial placed third and Santa Fe seventh.

For North, Garrett Duncan took the top prize in the 100 Breastroke and teammate Alan Tran won the 500 Freestyle.

Memorial’s Jonathan Ye ended up on the top step of the podium in the 100 Freestyle by .07 over teammate Francisco Ochoa.

Santa Fe’s top placer was Erik Williams, who came in sixth in the 50 Freestyle.

“This was a great meet for us,” said head coach Steve Riggs. “When the Edmonds and the Normans swim together, we have a lot of great swims and tend to dominate the meet.

“This is one reason why we have so many swimmers going to state now — they did everything they needed to do to qualify. What we have to do now is work to get in position to score team points.”

The Class 6A meet will start Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. each day. The 5A meet will begin at 10 a.m.