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.
Edmond North girls place second; Memorial’s Vorel claims top medal
Edmond North’s Ally Robertson swims consistently throughout the year.
Deer Creek 2nd largest in Class 5A
With the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association releasing enrollment figures, Deer Creek stands as the second-largest school in Class 5A with 1,252 students.
Lawton Eisenhower, which had been a very strong football program in 6A, is now tops in 5A with 1,281 students.
Schedules in football classification still remain the same until 2016-17. Del City will move back into 6A beginning in 2016.
The statistics will not be deemed official until pending approval at the OSSAA’s board meeting next month.
Wilson, Grissom take on more suitable roles for 2015 season
Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins.
The moves were made to aid OU’s defense. They could benefit both in the future.
Yurcich ready for second season
With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.
Yurcich and most of the Cowboys’ coaching staff attended the annual media golf outing Wednesday at Karsten Creek. He, along with the other assistant coaches, talked about the upcoming season.
“Every offense is going to be a little bit different from year to year, depending on the personnel,” Yurcich said. “I think you learn a little bit more about the players, because you know them for a longer time. You know a little bit more about the coaches you work with because you’re around them a little bit longer. All of those things factor into one more year of experience.
Wallar voted National Tennis Coach of the Year finalist
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association honored Dee Ann Waller, coach and teacher from Edmond North High School, as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in tennis.
Eight finalists from across the nation were chosen to be honored during The National Coach of the Year awards banquet that took place during the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention June 14-18, at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wy.
McKey to compete in North American final
Edmond’s Mary McKey, who attends John Carroll Catholic School in Oklahoma City, qualified for the Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American Final after winning the Hershey’s Oklahoma State Meet June 28.
McKey, 12, had the fastest time in the region that consists of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico and Puerto Rico. Hershey only accepts eight runners from North America.
McKey is a Catholic grade school champion and the first Catholic student to qualify for the North American final. She is also a Jim Thorpe Games 400-meter champion.
The North American final will run Aug. 2 in Hershey, Pa.
Former quarterback Bell has pedigree to dominate at tight end for Sooners
The question came quickly to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Are there any plans to use Blake Bell at quarterback — in some capacity?
“That’s funny, it keeps coming up,” Stoops said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days. “Blake was recruited definitely as a quarterback. But when you look at him now after three years, he is the pro-type at tight end. He’s got great hands, great size. He can run. Natural spacing as far as where to be in his routes.”
So, the answer is no.
Smith ready to begin the next chapter with Ravens
During his long drive to Maryland from his North Carolina home Sunday, veteran wide receiver Steve Smith had plenty of time to think about an offseason defined by a dramatic change in his life.
After 13 years with the Carolina Panthers, Smith was cut in March following one of the least productive seasons of his career. The Ravens promptly signed him to a three-year, $11 million contract.
Smith remained in a reflective mood as veterans officially reported to camp Wednesday. Smith, however, showed up Monday eager for his new start.
Local cops arrest NFL player on marijuana complaint
The Edmond Police Department has released the incident report related to the arrest of ex-Oklahoma State star and current NFL player Justin Blackmon.
Blackmon, 24, a product of Plainview High School in Ardmore, is a 6-1, 210-pound wide receiver in his second year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. At Oklahoma State University, he was a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner as the country’s best collegiate wide receiver.
Former OSU line coach having impact on Texas staff
It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it — former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong’s Texas Longhorns.
“It’s always good when you go hire staff and you look at just getting the right people within your program. And, a lot of times, guys know a lot of Xs and Os, but it’s all just about developing a player,” said Strong, Tuesday during the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days. “Joe and I, we’ve coached together at two different places. But just with him being within his conference and knowing the conference, he’s been a great asset.”
Santa Fe alum McGreevy makes U.S. Amateur
OU’s Max McGreevy, an Edmond Santa Fe graduate, and University of Tulsa’s Logan McCracken qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur, the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) prestigious annual event featuring the world’s finest amateur golfers. This year’s championship will be held at the venerable Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) in Johns Creek, Aug. 9-17.
Max McGreevy, Edmond 67-65—132
Logan McCracken, Oklahoma City 69-66—135
1st Alt. Garrison Mendoza, Clinton 69-71—140
2nd Alt. Thomas Johnson, Norman 71-69—140
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