Swimming into state
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This year’s championship Regional meet ended with a record number of swimmers moving on to State from Broken Arrow. The state team will spend the next two weeks preparing for the final meet of the season. A total of 18 members will be traveling back to Jenks with the team, and this is the most the team has ever taken. Last year the team only took 13 members.
“I am feeling very confident going into state with the number of athletes that we are bringing,” varsity swim coach Samantha Evans said. “We are almost doubling the number of athletes that will be competing and those athletes are all swimming multiple events. It is definitely going to be a day for BA swimming.”
Junior Courtlyn Dawson is one of the few swimmers who will be competing at state for all four events. Her events are the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 100 butterfly, and the 200 freestyle.
“Being able to compete in all four of my events is just one step closer to accomplishing my goal,” Dawson said.
The boys team has stepped it up this year and is taking seven boys to state. Senior Kristian Friebus will be competing at State this year in the medley relay with some other members of the boys team.
“It feels good to go to state,” Friebus said. “I just joined this year, so to go to state is big. I put in my best effort, and it payed off. This year, my goal was to be a strong swimmer, and I believe I tore that goal to bits.”
The seniors attending state will be Rachel Nelson, Bailey Hill, Brooke York, and Kristian Friebus. The handful of juniors will be Abby Meador, Courtlyn Dawson, Kaitlyn Scott, and Nik Natale. The several sophomores will be competing at state will be Annie Kramer, Kate Garner, Kayla Vaughn, Micah Reyes, Dennis Angelov, and Hayden Cunningham. Freshmen Sareena Barker, Taylor Raney, Joseph Natale, and Aleksandr Hughes.
The team will be making a splash at the State Championship meet on Feb. 17-18.