The Edmond Sun


February 24, 2014

Robertson takes home 4 golds again

Edmond North girls place second; Memorial’s Vorel claims top medal

EDMOND — Edmond North’s Ally Robertson swims consistently throughout the year.

But when state comes around, the Lady Husky seems to find another gear.

Saturday at the Edmond Schools Aquatic Center, Robertson won four gold medals — two individual — for the second successive year in the state swimming championships.

The Lady Huskies as a team placed second to Norman North after winning the past three state team titles. The Lady Timberwolves scored 365 points to Edmond North’s 320. Edmond Memorial picked up a fifth-place team finish with 178 points with help from Natalie Vorel’s championship winning performance in the 500 Freestyle. Edmond Santa Fe placed 11th with 74 points.

“Norman North’s depth is what really won them the meet,” said Steve Riggs, head swimming coach for all of the Edmond schools. “Last year, we (Edmond North girls) lost a good 100 points (to graduation) and Norman North happened to catch us on one of those years where we lost a lot and they (Norman North) are very good.”

Robertson, a junior, won individual gold in the 100 Breastroke in 1:06.31, just .19 ahead of Haley Downey from Bartlesville. Fellow Lady Husky Sarah Helton grabbed the bronze in 1:09.49.

Robertson also cleared Downey for the top prize in the 200 IM with a sparkling 2:06.25, this time overtaking her adversary by over four seconds.

“The only other one we’ve ever had (win four golds back-to-back) is Samantha Woodward,” Riggs lauded. “Ally is just like her — she loves to be the anchor.

“That relay (200 Medley when Robertson touched just a mere .04 ahead of Norman North for the gold in 1:50.86) the girls knew they would be behind because Bartlesville was really good.

“The whole plan was to put Ally in the best position they could.”

When Robertson hit the water, she was third, but dug in hard and won by the closest of margins.

“She is so tough, when she races she usually comes out on top,” Riggs noted.

Robertson was joined by Ryanne Vance, Alexa Acuna and Sarah Helton marking the fifth straight year the Lady Huskies won the event at state. The 200 Freestyle state championship team consisted of Robertson, Vance, Olivia Seefeldt and Julia Kirby. Vance also placed fourth individually in both the 50 Freestyle (25.01) and the 100 Butterfly (59.73) and Seefeldt garnered a fourth-place finish in the 100 Freestyle in 55.84.

“Julia Kirby didn’t swim on that team until state,” Riggs said. “She earned that spot and Sarah Helton had a great year, placing third in the breast and  fourth in the IM — it took all of them.”

Memorial’s Natalie Vorel took the state crown in the 500 Freestyle by daylight, swimming to a 5:18.55 over silver medalist Camryn Huggins of Jenks (5:23.14). Vorel also took fourth in the 200 Freestyle (2:01.16).

“Natalie Vorel had an excellent plan on how to swim to win her 500,” Riggs said. “Toward the middle of the race, Jenks (Huggins) passed her, but I was so proud of her. She stuck to her plan and came back and passed the Jenks girl up to win the gold.”

In Class 6A boys, Norman North took home six first places to run off with the team title with 353 points while Edmond North wound up third (262.5) and Edmond Memorial fourth (222). Santa Fe came in 17th with 14 points. The bronze medal signifies the 11th time in the past 12 years that the Huskies placed in the top three at state.

Husky Alan Tran swam to a silver medal in the 500 Freestyle (4:46.92), just a little over a second behind Southmoore’s Reid Hibbs, who was actually behind Tran in the race before firing at the end.

Edmond North’s Garrett Duncan captured a third-place finish in the 100 Breaststroke (59.74) and a second placing in the 200 IM (1:56.35). Teammate Joe Short placed fourth in both the 100 Butterfly (52.13) and the 100 Backstroke (54.19).

The Huskies were also second in the 200 Medley Relay (1:39.37) and fourth in the 400 Freestyle Relay (3:21.58).

Memorial’s Francisco Ochoa snatched a bronze in the 100 Freestyle in 48.39 and fellow Bulldog Jonathan Ye was right with him in fourth in 48.63. Memorial also took third in the 400 Freestyle Relay with a final time of 3:19.35.

“They all swam hard and Saturday was their best day,” Riggs said. “We had a lot of kids score points at state who we weren’t sure of earlier in the year. They all fought hard.”

In 5A girls, Deer Creek’s Paige Nall swam to a pair of silver medals to enable the Lady Antlers to place in the top 10 with 104 points. Ft. Gibson won the state title with 247 points and Oklahoma Christian School came in 20th with 37 points.

Nall cut through the water in 56.07 in the 100 Freestyle and 2:02.40 in the 200 Freestyle. Teammate Amberly White garnered a fourth place in the 200 IM (2:27.20).

The Deer Creek boys placed 17th with 22 points. Stillwater was the champion with 263.



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