Oklahoma high school swimming notebook: Norman North boys, Edmond North and Carl Albert girls win at regionals
The 2021 Oklahoma high school swimming regionals are in the books.
The Class 6A meets took place Saturday, and Class 5A races were held Friday. Edmond and Jenks were the two host sites.
Here are the main takeaways.
CLASS 6A BOYS
Norman North wins title
The Norman North boys team won the Class 6A West Regional in Edmond.
The Timberwolves finished with 322 points. Edmond Memorial placed second in the 16-team field with 256 points, and Shawnee was third with 247 points.
Leading the way for Norman North was NC State signee Aiden Hayes, who won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.90 seconds and 100 butterfly in 47.35.
The senior is arguably the nation’s best swimmer in his class, and he showed why on Saturday.
Along with his individual wins, he led the Timberwolves to victories in the 400 freestyle relay (3:25.33) and 200 medley relay (1:40.79). Edmond Memorial’s relay team was just behind in the 200 medley, finishing in 1:40.99.
Jenks, which has claimed two consecutive state titles, won the East Regional.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
Edmond North dominates
The Edmond North girls had a convincing victory at the Class 6A West Regional.
The Huskies, last year’s state runner-up, recorded 421 points to place ahead of Edmond Memorial (295) and Shawnee (283).
Liberty Long won two events (100 butterfly and 500 freestyle) for Edmond North, and Danielle Horst won the 50 freestyle.
Defending champion Jenks won the East Regional.
CLASS 5A BOYS
Carl Albert duo, Heritage Hall’s Flynn shine
Several male swimmers from the metro area had stellar performances in Class 5A.
Carl Albert’s Kaleb Putman won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke at the West Regional, while his teammate Max Wolfley claimed the 100 freestyle and placed second in the 50 freestyle.
They helped the Titans place second as a team.
Another local standout at the West Regional was Heritage Hall’s Owen Flynn. The junior won two events (100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley). Flynn has won three state titles during his high school career.
Altus won the West Regional, and Tulsa Kelley won the East Regional.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
Carl Albert wins, looks to add another state title
The Carl Albert girls program has won two straight state championships, and the Titans have what it takes to contend for another one.
They won the West Regional on Friday, finishing with 468 points to place ahead of Altus (304) and Heritage Hall (169).
Similar to last year, the Titans don’t necessarily have a star swimmer but enough good ones to accumulate points and win championships.
The East Regional included a close battle atop the standings. Fort Gibson edged Harrah 332-329 for the title.
Other standout performances
• Shawnee’s Piper McNeil, The Oklahoman’s 2020 All-City Swimmer of the Year, had a pair of dominant performances at the Class 6A West Regional, winning the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley. Norman North’s Bria Boreham also had an impressive day. The North Florida signee won the 100 breaststroke and placed second in the 200 individual medley.
• Stillwater’s Avery Littlefield (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle) and Gavin Sires (50 freestyle and 100 backstroke) each won two events at the Class 6A East Regional.
• Heritage Hall’s Gracie Shapard (100 freestyle and 100 backstroke) and Newcastle’s Ashley Leader (100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly) each had a pair of victories at the Class 5A West Regional.
• McGuinness freshman Macy Lewis won the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly at the Class 5A East Regional, and her teammate Victoria Whitbeck claimed the 200 freestyle and placed second in the 500 freestyle. The duo also propelled McGuinness to a victory in the 400 freestyle relay.
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