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Titans win again with Yukon Invitational title

Carl Albert’s Shane McClung competes in the 100-yard freestyle Saturday morning during the Yukon Invitational at the Mitch Park YMCA in Edmond. Photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

EDMOND – For the second time in a week, Carl Albert’s boys swim team won an invitational meet.

The Titans took first place in the Yukon Invitational Saturday at the Edmond Schools Aquatic Center at the Mitch Park YMCA.

Carl Albert placed second in three events and won the meet with 319 points. Ponca City was runner-up with 277 followed by Deer Creek (232) and Altus (214). Choctaw took ninth and Del City was 16th.

“This meet was a great outing for our kids because I worked them extremely hard this week- yet they still showed up, raced hard, and made no excuses for themselves,” said coach Josh Norman. “They set 32 new personal records on the day, and many of those were long standing individual standards that needed to fall.”

The boys started the day off right with a second place showing in the 200-yard medley relay. Mason Corey, Evan Wilcox, Ridge Thornton and Ben Sutterfield finished with a time of 1:49.08.
They added another silver medal showing in the 200 free relay with Sutterfield, Jackson Bales, Own Ramirez and Shane McClung (1:35.00).

Carl Albert added two top five finishes in the 400 freestyle relay. Maddox Bartlett, Jackson Lorenz, Everet Ryan and McClung finished fourth in 3:40.11. The B team of Corey, Thornton, Ramirez and Andrew Campbell placed fifth in the relay.

Wilcox was the top individual performer as he placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.75).

Bartlett had a big day by placing fourth in the 200 freestyle (2:03.26), and Corey took fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:01.93).

Lorenz finished fifth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 500 freestyle. Sutterfield pulled a similar feat, taking fifth in the 50 freestyle and sixth in the 100 backstroke.
Del City’s Tyler Townsend placed eighth in the 100 butterfly (1:03.91) and 10th in the 200 IM (2:33.10). He also joined Jackson Howard, Jayden Paulson and John Ogden in the 200 freestyle relay.

“TJ Townsend continues to prove just how hard he’s willing to work for our emerging Del City program,” Norman said.

Choctaw was led by Kade Ross who placed fourth in the 200 IM and 10th in the 100 backstroke, while Calvin Sorochynskyi was seventh in the 100 breaststroke.

The Carl Albert girls team placed fifth overall with 214 points. Deer Creek won the team title with 312 followed by Shawnee (255).

Charlotte Peters led the way for the Lady Titans with a pair of top five individual places. Her best showing came in the 200 IM where she placed third in 2:28.49. She also claimed fifth in the 50 freestyle (26.49).

Hailey Hunt was next with a fourth place showing in 100 backstroke, while also taking eighth in the 200 freestyle.

The Lady Titans showed consistency in the relays as they placed fourth in all three events.

Hailey Hunt, Elise Widener, Brooklyn Jones and Peters were fourth in the 200 medley relay (2:13.28). The 200 freestyle relay team of Journi LaValley, Brenlee Lam, Jones and Widener also placed fourth. As did Lam, Helen Hammond, Hunt and Peters were fourth in the 400 freestyle relay.

Choctaw’s Julie Stetter led her team by finishing fifth in the 100 freestyle and seventh in the 50 freestyle. Autum Davis tied fourth seventh in the 100 breaststroke.

The Mid-Del swimmers close out the semester with a trip to Altus on Friday.

Brenlee Lam dives in the pool during the 100-yard freestyle. Photo by Jeff Harrison

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