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Rogers County athletes excel at OSSAA Swimming State Championships

Feb. 19—The Jenks Aquatic Center was abuzz with excitement as Rogers County athletes left a memorable mark on the OSSAA Swimming State Championships last week.

In Class 5A, Inola's Taylor Cook asserted her dominance, clinching the gold in the fiercely contested 100-yard butterfly. Cook exhibited precision with a winning time of 1 minute, 2.03 seconds, just edging out MacArthur's Addison Luper, who finished a mere one-tenth of a second behind at 1:02.13.

Ansley Ramsey of Oologah demonstrated her speed in the 100-yard freestyle, claiming a commendable second place with a time of 57.44 seconds. However, the top spot went to Samantha Crane of Cascia Hall, who blazed through the pool in 53.12 seconds.

Ramsey continued to impress, securing seventh place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.26 seconds, while Ella Lundt of Bishop Kelley took the victory in 25.17 seconds.

Freshman Rainy Reinert from Oologah showcased her versatility by finishing sixth in the girls' 200-yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:37.03. Ella Newhouse of Cascia Hall secured the gold with a swift time of 2:16.28.

Meanwhile, in the 100-yard backstroke, Oologah sophomore Rylen Walters demonstrated resilience, claiming fifth place in the B-Final and 13th overall with a time of 1:22.02. The top spot went to Maddy Lu of Casady, who finished in 1:04.02.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team — consisting of Reinert, Walters, Ramsey and Bella Hoisington — secured sixth place with a time of 4:22.10, nearly three seconds faster than its preliminary heat. The 200-yard medley relay team, composed of the same members, claimed the eighth spot with a time of 2:10.16, surpassing their preliminary time by over two seconds.

Additionally, the 200-yard freestyle relay B-Final team (Reinert, Kailee Gentry, Hoisington, Walters) clinched third place and secured the 11th spot overall with a time of 2:05.39.

Overall, the Lady Mustangs placed ninth of 23 with 106 points while Shawnee earned the state championship with 248 points.

In the boys division, Oologah junior Carson Giertz showcased his skill in the 100-yard backstroke, securing fourth place with a time of 1:05.87. The top spot in this event went to Sam Conrad of Wesleyan Christian, who finished in a swift 59.68 seconds.

Oologah junior Thomas Lester impressed in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing sixth with a time of 5:12.85, over 12 seconds faster than his preliminary time. William Schenk of Holland Hall claimed victory with a time of 4:47.96.

Aiden Moore, a junior from Oologah, triumphed in the B-Final of the 50-yard freestyle, securing ninth place overall with a time of 23.53 seconds. The fastest time in this event was recorded by Thomas Rudnicki of Casady at 22.88 seconds.

In the 100-yard backstroke B-Final, Oologah's Devon Donovan claimed fourth place and 12th overall with a time of 1:06.13, swimming nearly three seconds faster than his preliminaries. The top spot in this event went to Connor Leader of Newcastle, who finished in 55.44 seconds.

The relay events showcased the strength of Oologah's boys team.

The 200-yard medley relay team (Donovan, Giertz, Lester, Moore) secured fourth place with a time of 1:48.90, while the 400-yard freestyle relay team (Lester, Elijah Austin, Moore, Giertz) claimed the fourth spot with a time of 3:37.53. The 200-yard freestyle relay team (Giertz, Cadd Schick, Moore, Lester) secured fourth place with a time of 1:38.29.

Carl Albert emerged as the state champion in the team standings with 419.5 points, while Oologah took fourth with 132 points.

Transitioning to Class 6A, Claremore's swimmers showcased their talent as well.

Brenlyn Vickrey participated in the 100-yard butterfly, securing seventh place with a time of 1:00.42. In the 100-yard backstroke B-Final, Vickrey clinched second place and secured the 10th spot overall with a time of 1:00.74.

The winners of these events were Sarah Dingus of Ponca City in the 100-yard butterfly (55.41 seconds) and Addison Howze of Bartlesville in the 100-yard backstroke with a state-record time of 54.76 seconds.

Summer Pfeiffer from Claremore competed in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing eighth with a time of 5:32.49. Anna Young of Bartlesville claimed victory with a record-setting time of 5:01.55.

Claremore landed 16th out of 22 teams with 30 points, while Bartlesville emerged as the Class 6A state champion with a total of 405.5 points, solidifying its dominance in the larger schools category.