Edmond-area boys spring boarded to a sweep of the first competitions in the Class 6A regional swimming championships Saturday at the Edmond Aquatic Center.
Overall, though, Norman North took the top team prize with 400 points. Edmond North was second with 298; Santa Fe nabbed fourth with 180; Memorial finished fifth with 146; and Deer Creek was seventh with 124.
All four of the local, 6A swimming teams finished right behind each other in the opening boys 200-yard medley relay. North’s roster of DJ Scott, Ryan and Brendan Healy, and Sam Valiant took first in 1:45.45. Memorial’s senior-less team of Liam Thomson, Max Myers, Carson Dolezal, and Connor Tipton was second, and Santa Fe saw a third-place finish with a relay squad of Ethan Hollingsworth, Jayden Thomas, Ryan Harris, and Jackson James.
Deer Creek’s team of Jate Anusornpanich, Rune Harth, Drew Knotts, and Tyler Manharth were fourth in 1:51.32.
Edmond Public School’s swim coach Heather Devoe said she felt like her three Edmond schools sweeping 1-through-3 gave her guys an edge throughout the rest of the Championship Saturday.
“Having our three boys relays sweep the top-3 in the 200-medley relay definitely gave us a hype advantage for the rest of the meet,” Devoe said. “It was especially nice because they came out of the gate ready to compete.”
After that sweep came a barrage of runner-up finishes Saturday — eight in total.
North’s freshman Ryan Healy picked up two himself after finishing runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.14) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:55.18). Both times he out-swam third place by more than five seconds in total.
Edmond Memorial’s Max Myers picked up a pair of runner-up finishes, too. Myers and Jate Anusornpanich were found at No. 2 and 3 behind Norman North’s Aiden Hayes in the 50-yard freestyle, and Myers was runner-up again — this time behind Norman North’s Daniel Wilson — in the 100-yard freestyle. North’s Noah Froese was fourth in that event, with a time of 49.69.
Deer Creek’s Anusornpanich added an individual runner-up finish in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing two seconds behind Norman North’s Jonathan Tang in Saturday’s finals. Anusornpanich’s teammate, Drew Knotts, was fourth in that finals heat, with the Antlers sandwiching a third-place finish from North’s Brendan Healy.
Santa Fe’s Ryan Harris was the final boys individual runner-up after he finished reserve in the 100-yard butterfly swim. Healy was again sandwiched with a third-place finish in that event, too, with Santa Fe’s Jayden Thomas earning a fourth-place finish right behind the pair of Edmond swimmers.
The final two Edmond regional runner-ups were team relay efforts. Edmond Memorial’s swimming team of Connor Tipton, Carson Dolezal, Liam Thomson and Myers took second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. They finished in 1:35.64, with Edmond North’s team of Sam Valiant, Kannon Froese, DJ Scott and Noah Froese third in 1:37.62.
Finally, the Edmond Santa Fe boys posted a runner-up placing in the boys 400-yard freestyle relay. They finished in 3:29.02 behind efforts from Jayden Thomas, Ethan Hollingsworth, Nathan Duong and Ryan Harris; Edmond North saw another third place on the backs of Kannon and Noah Froese bookending Ryan and Brendan Healy’s second- and third-leg efforts.
Devoe was excited about Saturday’s consistent high finishes, especially given how young swimmers make up the most of the runner-up Husky line-up.
“The North boys team is heavy on the young side so that’s helpful moving forward, given that the Norman North boys team looks a little heavier on the upperclassmen side. Norman North is definitely someone to watch and try to beat at every meet.”
State qualifying swimmers will now await the Class 6A State Finals, scheduled Feb. 21-22 at Jenks Aquatic Center.