The Edmond Sun

January 23, 2013

SLIDESHOW: North swimmers hold onto city championships

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The three Edmond high school swimming teams swim only each other once a year. The Edmond City Championships were Tuesday night at the Oklahoma Christian University pool, and the North Huskies defended both the girls title and the boys, although in very different ways. The Lady Huskies, who have been ranked No. 1 in the state for three years, won nine of the 11 events for an easy victory over Memorial, who finished second, and Santa Fe at third.

For North, Ally Robertson and Rylee Linhardt each won two individual races. Robertson won the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke, while Linhardt took the 400 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke events. Amanda Greenlee won the 50 Freestyle for North, with Abbie Imes taking the 100 Freestyle. North also dominated in the relays, taking the 200 Medley Relay with the team of Greenlee, Jess Graro, Ryanne Vance and Olivia Seefeldt, the 200 Free Relay with Imes, Ann-Marie Stowe, Graro and Linhardt, and the 400 Free Relay with Imes, Greenlee, Stowe and Robertson. For Memorial, Annah Baykal won the 100 Butterfly, while Sara Riggs was the top finisher for Santa Fe as she took first in the 200 Freestyle.

The boys meet was much tighter as a large North team held off a smaller but quality-laden team from Memorial with Santa Fe finishing third. For North, Garrett Duncan won the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Breaststroke, while Zac Cook from Memorial took the 200 Freestyle and 400 Freestyle events. Naresh Naik from Memorial also won two events as he took the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke titles. Nate Anderson from Memorial won the 50 Freestyle, and Colton Laramore won the 100 Freestyle for Santa Fe. Memorial won two of the relays as the team of Jonathan Ye, Nate Anderson, Zac Cook and Naik won the 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay. North won the 200 Medley Relay with the team of Riley Fant, Garrett Duncan, Joe Short and Alan Tran.

“This meet usually brings out some great swims and this one was no exception,” said head coach Steve Riggs. “They practice together and go to most meets together, but at this meet they have to put that all aside. There were many school records, pool records, and a lot of best times, so I am very pleased with the effort. This is the first of our championship meets, and we still have a lot of training to do to be ready for the next one.”