Putman wins pair of individual events
By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
EDMOND – The Carl Albert swimmers will again be well represented at the Class 5A state swimming championships.
The girls won their third consecutive regional championship, while the boys finished runner-up at the Class 5A West Regionals last Friday at the Edmond Schools Aquatic Center.
At the regionals, Carl Albert had 18 girls and 15 boys qualify for the state meet in 21 of the 22 events. The 5A state swimming championships will be in Edmond on Feb. 22-23.
Carl Albert dominated the girls competition with 468 points. Altus was a distance second with 304, followed by Heritage Hall (169) and Duncan (155).
The Titans won the 200-yard freestyle relay and finished third in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle varieties.
The team of Makiyah Joseph, Madie Soucie, Molly Woodruff and Shelbie Price won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:50.23, and were third in the 400 freestyle in 4:08.48.
Sydnee Hopgood, Rhiannon Lenz, Emily Charron and Brylee Toney finished third in the 200 medley with a time of 2:09.50.
Woodruff was the top individual performer. She earned second place in the 200 individual medley (2:33.48), and was fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.16).
Price and Soucie finished third and fourth, respectively, in both the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Lenz (100 breaststroke) and Joseph (200 IM) both took fourth, while Taylor Charron (200 freestyle), Emily Charron (500 freestyle, 200 IM), Hopgood (100 backstroke) each took fifth.
On the boys side, Carl Albert reeled in four first-place medals.
Senior Kaleb Putman continued his dominance in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, winning both events by wide margins. He also helped the Titans pick up another title in the 200 freestyle relay.
Fellow senior Max Wolfley came close to Putman’s mark. The senior won the 100 freestyle in 50.08 seconds and finished less than a second behind the leader in 50 freestyle. He also joined Putman on the winning 200 freestyle team.
The team of Putman, Zach Eddy, Jack Flosi and Wolfley won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:34.63.
Vance Raymer, Dylan Garcia, Brian Lam and Wolfley claimed second in the 400 freestyle relay.
Raymer was third in the 500 freestyle and fourth in the 200 freestyle. Garcia (100 backstroke), and Lam (100 breaststroke) placed fourth.
But it was not all roses for the Titans at the regional. In the first event of the day, their 200 medley relay team was disqualified due to an early takeoff. Carl Albert had the top seeded time of 1:44.42 at the regional and second overall in 5A. Altus won the relay in 1:47.15.
Altus also took the boys regional team title with 475 points. Carl Albert was second with 365, while Duncan (184), Lawton MacArthur (179) and Marlow (148) rounded out the top five.
Carl Albert State Qualifiers
Aubrey Braun: 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle; Emily Charron: 500 freestyle; Taylor Charron: 200 freestyle; Ava Fritze: 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly; Helen Hammond: 100 backstroke; Sydnee Hopgood: 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly; Tatum Johnson: 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle; Brooklyn Jones: 100 freestyle; Makiyah Joseph: 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay; Rhiannon Lenz: 100 breaststroke; Dulce Owens: 100 breaststroke; Tori Peters: 100 breaststroke; Shelbie Price: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay; Jessica Roe: 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke; Madie Soucie: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay; Ashley Stiers: 500 freestyle, 100 butterfly; Brylee Toney: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle; Molly Woodruff: 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay.
Jackson Bales: 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly; Aidan Burk: 500 freestyle; Braxton Dozier 500 freestyle; Zach Eddy: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay; Garrett Eubanks: 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke; Noah Evans: 100 breaststroke; Jack Flosi: 100 butterfly, 200 IM, 200 freestyle relay; Dylan Garcia: 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 400 freestyle relay; Michael Gilliam: 50 freestyle, 500 freestyle; Mason Hamilton: 100 freestyle; Brian Lam: 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, 400 freestyle relay; Kaleb Putman: 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle relay; Vance Raymer: 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay; Eli Steele: 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly; Max Wolfley: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay.