By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Carl Albert’s boys swim team proved they can compete with the best in the state.
The Titans placed second last Thursday at the Mitch Park YMCA in a meet that featured some of the top West Class 6A schools.
Edmond North won the boys meet with 449.5 points and Carl Albert was next with 408.
“I was very excited to see how close the men held with the reigning 6A champs in Edmond North, and I enjoyed seeing some high placements from our women across the board as well,” said coach Josh Norman. “Our teams aren’t from the biggest schools, or the biggest pool, but tonight they let everyone know that they aren’t afraid to race anybody.”
The Carl Albert boys shined in the relays with four top five finishes.
The 200-yard freestyle team of Ben Sutterfield, Jackson Bales, Owen Ramirez and Shane McClung placed third overall in 1:37.29. The B team of Maddox Bartlett, Braxton Dozier, Evan Wilcox and Andrew Campbell took fifth.
Carl Albert came in fourth in the 200 medley relay, with Mason Corey, Wilcox, Bales and Campbell finishing in 1:51.66.
In the 400 freestyle, Sutterfield, Everette Ryan, Ramirez and McClung swam fifth in 3:43.29.
McClung was the top individual performer, as he placed runner-up in the 100 freestyle. McClung finished with a time of 53.56 seconds, while Stillwater’s Sam Wedell won in 51.21.
Bartlett (200 freestyle) and Bales (50 freestyle) both finished fifth individually.
Top 10 placers were: Ryan (200 freestyle), Ridge Thornton (200 freestyle and 100 butterfly), Campbell (50 and 100 freestyle), Corey (100 freestyle and 100 backstroke), Lorenz (500 freestyle), and Wilcox (100 breaststroke).
Del City was led by Jackson Howard, Jayden Paulson, John Ogden and Tyler Townsend who placed 12th in the 400 freestyle relay and 14th in the 200 freestyle relay. Townsend placed 17th in the individual 100 butterfly and 18th in the 200 freestyle.
Carl Albert’s girls placed sixth as a team.
Their best showing was the 400 freestyle relay where Brenlee Lam, Helen Hammond, Hailey Hunt and Charlotte Peters took fourth in 4:26.20.
The Lady Titans finished seventh in the 200 medley relay and eighth in the 200 freestyle relay.
Brooklyn Jones was the top individual, placing fifth in the 50 freestyle in 28.76.
Hammond was sixth in the 100 backstroke, and Peters finished seventh in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.
Norman thanked his fellow coaches for helping build the swim program.
“I’m blessed to have coaches Kirk Norman and Audrie LaValley in the building with me throughout the week,” he said. “They’re gifted culture builders and that culture is showing through more and more each day. The three of us thank God every day for the opportunity to help these kids grow.”
The Mid-Del swimmers competed at Bartlesville on Tuesday evening.