Breaking records and earning medals
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This year at the Oklahoma State Swim Championships, Broken Arrow’s swim team did better than they ever have before. The girls team placed eighth out of 12 teams. The team also broke four of Broken Arrow’s records. Two of the records were relay records, the 200 medley and the 200 free relay, and the other two were sophomore Annie Kramer’s individual events. Kramer was involved in all four record breaking races.
Kramer swam the 100 yard backstroke as well as the 100 yard butterfly and she broke her previous records that were set at the beginning of this season.
“This weekend breaking all four records was very exciting,” Kramer said. “It was a very fun weekend and I am very happy that my team and I have worked hard this season and were able to add some more records to the Broken Arrow record board.”
This will be several of the swimmers first time on the record board. Sophomore Kate Garner got her name on the board because she swam the 50 free in the 200 medley relay.
“It’s great to know that everyone’s going to see our names on the record board and know how hard we worked,” Garner said. “We really pushed ourselves and each other knowing that the record was so close to being ours.”
The previous record for the 200 medley relay was set in 1993 at a time of 1.58.38. Senior Rachel Nelson, junior Courtlyn Dawson, Garner and Kramer at a time of 1.58.00. The other record that was broken was the 200 free relay was broken last year at a time of 1.45.98. This year the relay consisted of Senior Bailey Hill, junior Abby Meador, Kramer and Dawson at a time of 1.43.95, which beat the record by a full two seconds.
“It was my goal the whole season to break the relay records, and at state we finally achieved those goals,” Dawson said. “I was apart of two of the relays that broke records at state so it is cool to know my name will be on the board twice.”
The state competition was the closing meet of the season for the Tiger swimmers.