Lady Bruin swimmers earn 3rd consecutive state championship

posted Feb 22, 2017, 6:13 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 6:28 AM ]

The Lady Bruin swimmers have earned their third consecutive state championship! At the state meet in Jenks in mid-February they finished with 477 points, nearly double that of second-place Edmond Memorial in class 6A. The girls swept first place in all three relay races and won the championship in five of eight individual events. They also won their second consecutive State Academic Championship.

Kate Steward almost broke her own state meet record in the girls 100 breaststroke and won by almost 2.5 seconds. The girls set a new state record in the girls 400 freestyle relay through the efforts of Allison Biddinger, Emily Giovannetti, Delaney Shipman, and Kate Steward, breaking the team's own state record at the previous year's meet. Head coach Chad Englehart said, "The girls were super dominant. They were all very, very strong."

Emily Giovannetti and Kate Steward each earned four gold medals, two in individual competitions and two in relays. Greta Olsen, who was also a member of the three-peat state champion girls cross country team, won three golds in two individual events and one relay competition. Sydney Perry and Shipman were each part of two top relay squads. Coach Englehart also praised Shyanna Kuehn for earning a 'B' championship, placing ninth in the girls 100 butterfly. Kylie Brooks, Abigail Cunningham, Erin Downey, Lauren Greene, June Harris, Hannah Rencountre, and Megan Talbot all qualified for either the 'A' or 'B' finals.

Meanwhile, the boys team managed to place third at state in the 6A division despite only fielding eight swimmers. They were the upset winners of the boys 400 freestyle relay, winning it for the third consecutive year. Aaron Keesling, Lukas Rietfors, Will Englehart, and Matthew Pryor formed the relay, swimming lifetime bests for their splits.

Aaron Keesling set a new state record in the boys 100 breaststroke, beating the 23-year-old record by a half-second.  Matthew Pryor was the champion of the boys 500 freestyle.

See local meet results on page B2 of the 2/21/2017 edition of the Examiner-Enterprise

State Champs
The Lady Bruin swimmers have won their third consecutive state 6A championship

State 6A Girls Swimming Champions
The State Champions in 6A Girls Swimming in their favorite environment

State Academic Champions
The girls were also again named State Academic Champions

Aaron Keesling
Aaron Keesling set a new state record in the 100 yard breaststroke

Bruin Fans
Bruin fans show their spirit at the state swim meet

State swim meet
The state meet was held at the Jenks Aquatic Center