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Carl Albert knocks off top dogs at Edmond Invitational

Jackson Bales competes in the 100-yard butterfly. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Lady Titans win Norman dual meet, take fifth at Edmond

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

The Mid-Del swimmers made some noise last week during meets in Norman and Edmond.

Carl Albert swept a dual meet with the Norman schools on Nov. 28, and the boys team knocked off defending Class 6A state champion Edmond North on Saturday to win the Edmond Invitational at the Mitch Park YMCA.

On Saturday, the Titans finished in the top four in all three relays at the Edmond meet. Mason Corey, Evan Wilcox, Ridge Thornton and Ben Sutterfield finished runner-up in the 200 medley relay in 1:48.21.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Thornton, Everett Ryan, Owen Ramirez and Shane McClung placed third in 3:38.68. The Titans placed fourth in the 200 freestyle relay.

Corey was the top individual swimmer as he won the 100 backstroke in 59.90.

Jackson Bales (50 free) and Reese Rushing (100 backstroke) both came in fourth place. Lorenz took fifth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 500 freestyle, and Thornton claimed fifth in the 100 butterfly.

Del City’s Tyler Townsend took sixth in the 100 butterfly and 11th in the 200 individual medley.

The Titans won the boys title with 394 points. Edmond North (345) and Edmond Memorial (257) rounded out the top three.

“This was a huge win for this team and this district,” said coach Josh Norman, about the win at Edmond.

The Lady Titans best showing in Edmond came in the 200 freestyle relay. Journi LaValley, Brenlee Lam, Brooklyn

Jones and Helen Hammond finished in second place with a time of 1:57.74.

Hailey Hunt cracked the top five in the 100 backstroke in 1:10.86. Charlotte Peters was sixth in both the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

Edmond Memorial won the girls title with 378 points followed by Edmond North (373) and Shawnee (245). Carl Albert was fifth with 197.5 points.

In the Norman dual meet, Carl Albert’s boys swept the relays and got two individual victories.

Thornton and Sutterfield both won individual golds. Thornton won the 100 butterfly in 1:01.90 and was fourth in the 200 freestyle. Sutterfield and Norman North’s Caden Vineyard tied for first place in the 50 free, each finishing in 24.63 seconds.

Lorenz and Wilcox both finished second. Wilcox was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke. Lorenz claimed second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 200 IM.

Third place finishers were Everett Ryan (200 freestyle), Bales (50 freestyle) and McClung (500 freestyle).
Townsend led the Eagles by swimming fifth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 100 butterfly. Teammate John Ogden placed 12th in the 50 freestyle.

On the girls side, Carl Albert racked up several top three finishes.

The Lady Titans were second in the 200 medley relay and third in the other two.

Peters placed second in both the 200 IM (2:29.81) and 100 breaststroke (1:20.19). Hammond was second in the 50 freestyle. Hunt earned third in both the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Brooklyn Jones finished in a tie for third in the 50 freestyle.

Carl Albert’s girls beat Norman North (155-132) and Norman (158.5-135.5). The boys beat Norman North (178.5-144.5) and Norman (232-45).

“It was a great meet where our underclassmen came away with the majority of our personal records,” Norman said. “For the upperclassmen it was a good meet because at Booker T. Washington we were losing close races and getting out touched at the wall- but at Norman they flipped the script and won the majority of the close races they found themselves in. They even forced a few ties which is very rare. I was extremely proud of the race mentality they flexed.”

The Mid-Del swimmers will compete in the Yukon meet on Saturday at the Mitch Park YMCA.

Ben Sutterfield celebrates after the 50-yard freestyle. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Brooklyn Jones dives into the pool during the 50 freestyle. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Helen Hammond checks her time after the 50 freestyle. Photo by Jeff Harrison


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