Steward receives All World recognition; other Bruins named finalists

posted Jul 9, 2017, 4:01 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 9, 2017, 4:05 AM ]
Kate Steward
Kate Steward of the Class of 2018 of Bartlesville High School was named the Live Well Oklahoma Girls Swimming Athlete of the Year at the Tulsa World's All World event on July 8, 2017.

At the inaugural event's banquet at the Marriott Southern Hills, the newspaper/media company recognized outstanding athletes in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling.

A special section of the 7/9/2017 edition of the Tulsa World cited how Steward was last year's Tulsa World All-Metro Swimmer of the Year and won all of her races this season. The Bartlesville Lady Bruins swim team claimed its third straight 6A state title in 2017-2018, with Steward also winning her third straight individual championship in the 100 meter breaststroke and claiming the 200 m medley title to boot while anchoring the Bruin's top performing 400 m free relay and 200 m medley relay teams.

The paper quoted Bruin swimming coach Chad Englehart as saying, "Kate was the model of consistency and excellence. She has a total of 10 state titles in her first three years of high school, and seven of those championship swims have resulted in state records."

Bruin finalists

Emily Giovannetti
Lady Bruin swimmer Emily Giovannetti of the Class of 2018 was also a finalist for the All World award. Emily was another member of the winning 400 m freestyle relay team that set a new state record in 2017. She also earned four gold medals at the most recent state meet, two in individual competitions and two in relays.

Aaron Keesling
The boys swim team was also represented in the All World awards, with Aaron Keesling, Class of 2017, a finalist for the Live Well Oklahoma Boys Swimming Athlete of the Year. He was part of the boys state champion 400 m freestyle relay team and set a new state record in the boys 100 m breaststroke, beating a 23-year-old record by 0.5 second.

Henry Williams
Henry Williams, Class of 2017, was a Bruin finalist in the Boys Cross Country category. He took 2nd in the state in the 3200 m boys race and 4th in the state in the 1600 m race.

In the private school world, Bartlesville's Gabby Gregory was a finalist in girls basketball. She was a sophomore at Holland Hall in Tulsa and helped lead that school to the Class 3A state tournament in its first year of OSSAA participation.