Lady Bruins earn fifth consecutive state swimming championship

posted Feb 17, 2019, 6:31 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 17, 2019, 8:34 AM ]
The Lady Bruins swim team overcame obstacles to earn its fifth consecutive state championship, with the Bartlesville girls capturing 9 of the 11 event championships at the state swim meet in Edmond on February 16. That helped the Lady Bruins rack up 308 points, besting the 286 points earned by the team from Jenks.

Enthusiastic Bruin fans cheered as the Lady Bruins took first place in the 200 yd medley relay and 400 freestyle relay despite failing to qualify for state in the 200 freestyle relay. The individual event champions were June Harris in both the 200 and 100 freestyles, Erin Downey in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, Sydney Perry in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and Hollis Gilbert in the 500 freestyle. Gilbert also took third in the 200 freestyle, with Aidan Howze taking fifth in the 100 breaststroke and 200 freestyle.

Bartlesville swim teams have racked up 40 state championships since 1948. Mike Tupa of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise noted that this year's addition by the Lady Bruins was made, "Despite graduating five college-level swimmers off last year's squad. Despite a key reliance on underclassmen. Despite not having beaten Jenks during the regular season. Despite all that, the Bartlesville High School girls swimming powerhouse has rolled to its fifth-straight Class 6A state championship."

Head Varsity Coach Chad Englehart took his traditional jump into the pool with the state trophy, with his fifth state champion girls swimming squad gathered around the former Oklahoma High School Swim Coach of the Year and finalist for National Swim Coach of the Year. Englehart told John Tranchina of the Tulsa World the team displayed "a lot of gutsy effort, a lot of heart, especially out of our captains and our senior group."

The Lady Bruins' 5-peat is the first time in over three decades a Bartlesville program has earned that distinction. The Bartlesville High School Bruins and College High Wildcats girls swim teams racked up 8 consecutive state championships from 1982-1989, while the Bartlesville College High Wildcats boys swim teams had 10 consecutive state championships from 1962-1971.

The Bruin boys swim team also did well at state, earning 257 points and only bested by Norman North with 295.5 points and state champion Jenks with 401.2 points. Gabe Rolfson was second in the 200 freestyle, third in the 500 freestyle, Will Englehart was second in the 100 breaststroke and sixth in the 200 individual medley, Colin Goddard was third in the 100 fly and seventh in the 100 backstroke. Matthew Pryor was fifth in the 200 individual medley and sixth in the 100 backstroke, Preston Willis was fifth in the 100 fly, and Kyle Peterson was eighth in the 100 breaststroke. The Bruins took third in the 200 medley relay and fourth in both the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley.

Congratulations to all of our swimmers for maintaining the program's decades-long tradition of excellence!

2019 State 6A Girls Swim Champions
The 2019 Lady Bruins took the State 6A Swimming Championship for the fifth consecutive year