The Edmond Sun

January 31, 2014

North breaks in new pool with sound triumphs


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — In the first meet at the Edmond Schools Aquatic Center at Mitch Park, the Edmond high schools swimmers competed against in a three-way meet in the Edmond City Championships. 

The North Huskies came away with impressive victories, while Memorial took second and Santa Fe third in the swimming version of Edlam.

In the girls action, Edmond North’s Ally Robertson and Olivia Seefeldt were double-event winners, with Robertson taking the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Breastroke, while Seefeldt won the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle events.

Ryanne Vance won the 500 Freestyle for the Lady Huskies and joined Seefeldt, Sarah Helton and Carrie Fuchs to win the 200 Medley Relay. Robertson, Fuchs, Vance and Olivia Metzer teamed up to capture the 200 Free Relay crown. Metzer swam with Kristen Veit, Brooke Rice, and Sydney Wright to champion the 400 Free Relay.

For Memorial, Natalie Vorel won two events, taking the 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly. Kelsey Kersgieter also won gold for the Lady Bulldogs as she won the 100 Backstroke. For Santa Fe, Riley Powelson was the top finisher as she took wrapped up silver placings in the 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle.

In the boys meet, Garrett Duncan of North won two individual events, taking the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Breastroke. Teammate Joe Short won the 200 Freestyle, Alan Tran the 500 Freestyle and Michael Britton the 50 Freestyle for the Huskies.

North won the 200 Medley Relay with the team of Duncan, Zack Padgett, Gage Parsons, and Britton, and the 400 Free Relay with Britton, Tran, Padgett, and Short.

Memorial’s Caleb Kliewer won the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke and joined Jonathan Ye, Nate Anderson and Francisco Ochoa to win the 200 Free Relay. Ye was also an individual champ as he took the 100 Freestyle for the Bulldogs.

 For Santa Fe, Erik Williams placed third in the 50 Freestyle for the Wolves’ top finisher.

“So many things went on at this meet,” said Edmond Schools swimming coach Steve Riggs. “The seniors make up the lineup for their team in this meet so some swimmers were in best events while others were trying something different.

“Then, to throw in all the hype of our first meet in the new pool after getting in it for the first time the day before, everything added up to a lot of excitement and a lot of tired swimmers as the meet wore on.

“We discovered a lot of things that we need to work on and will have to improve at before the regional and state meets. But, we were excited to have this meet at our new home.”