Annie Kramer breaks her own record


Senior Annie Kramer recently broke her own school record by .13 of a second. Kramer has been swimming for 6 years and practices almost 25 hours a week.

“I love being able to push myself and others to be the best they can be,” Kramer said. “I also love getting to fun and train with my best friends every day.”

Kramer’s previous school record was 59.62 seconds for the 100-yard butterfly. On Nov. 3, at the State Preview, Kramer beat her fastest time and finished the race in 58.49 seconds.

This accomplishment did not come easily. Kramer swims for the high school and a club team in Bixby. She practices three times a day, once in the morning, one as her sixth hour and then another practice after school.

“Swimming has taught me hard work and determination,” Kramer said. “It has also taught me time management and valuable leadership skills.”

Coach Casey Beck has been coaching for 8 years and began coaching for BA last year.

“Besides her speed, Annie has been such a positive influence on the team because of the passion she has for swimming,” Beck said. “She would have to with how much she is in the water. Annie loves swimming and that definitely rubs off onto her teammates. She is just all-around positive, which makes working with her fun.”

This year Kramer became a team captain. Kramer’s sister, sophomore Rachel Kramer, has seen how Kramer has impacted the team in her time as a team captain.

“Annie is a great team captain because she works hard and encourages everyone on the team,” Rachel said. “At meets, she is always cheering everyone on and she always has a positive attitude.”

Senior Kate Garner has been friends with Kramer since their freshman year. Garner is also on the team with Kramer and notices everything she does for the team.

“Annie has always been very kind and understanding,” Garner said. “Her amazing skill as a swimmer also allows her to help others with their technique and speed. She is a consistently good influence on everyone around her. She’s an amazing leader and an even better friend.”

Kramer recently signed with the University of Incarnate Word and is going on a swimming scholarship.