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Carl Albert takes second at Jenks Invite

Carl Albert’s Helen Hammond takes off in the 100-yard backstroke during the Jenks Invitational swim meet on Friday. photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

JENKS – The regular season is winding down for high school swimming. And so are the opportunities to face tough competition before the postseason.
Carl Albert took advantage of one last weekend as they placed second at the Jenks Invitational. The two-day meet featured some of the top schools in the state.

The host Trojans won the boys and girls titles.

Carl Albert’s girls edged 5A favorite Shawnee along with Bixby and Bishop Kelley for second place.

“Our women’s team got over a hump at the Jenks Invite by beating Shawnee and taking home the runner up to a very deep Jenks team,” said coach Josh Norman. “We overcame some disqualifications to beat out the other 5A teams which is important at this point in the season because we want resilience to be well woven into the fabric of who we are moving forward.”

The CAHS boys also topped defending 5A champion Bishop Kelley and Bixby to finish in second.

“Our guys did a great job of racing an equally deep, and extremely fast Jenks program,” Norman said. “In the process of racing some of the state’s top talent, we ourselves saw some incredible time drop and we look forward to seeing where that takes us.”

The CAHS boys took second in two of the relays and third in another.

Ben Sutterfield, Jackson Bales, Owen Ramirez and Andrew Campbell finished second in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:33.90. In the 400 freestyle relay, it was Everett Ryan, Campbell, Ramirez, and Shane McClung placing second in 3:33.43.

And the 200 medley relay team of Mason Corey, Evan Wilcox, Ridge Thornton and Sutterfield narrowly finished behind Bishop Kelley for third with a time of 1:48.29.

The Titans had several outstanding individual performers with 13 advancing to the finals.

Maddox Bartlett and Thornton were the top individual performers as they both placed fourth. Bartlett was fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:57.94) and seventh in the 500 freestyle. Thornton came in fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:01.00).

“Maddox Bartlett continued to show that he can challenge anyone in the state in the 200 free,” Norman said.

Sutterfield came in sixth in the 50 freestyle (23.47) and seventh in the 100 backstroke (1:01.37) after clocking a 59.74 seconds in the preliminaries. McClung (100 freestyle) and Corey (100 backstroke) also finished sixth individually.

Lorenz Jackson earned a pair of seventh place finishes in the 100 butterfly (1:02.25) and 200 IM (2:20.04). Ramirez (50 freestyle) and Campbell (100 freestyle) were also seventh. Finishing eighth were Cache Burke (500 freestyle), Ryan (200 freestyle), Reece Rushing (100 backstroke) and Kaleb Smith (100 butterfly). Evan Wilcox also qualified for the finals in the 100 breaststroke.

In the girls competition, Carl Albert’s best showing came in the 200 freestyle relay. Brooklyn Jones, Hailey Hunt, Helen Hammond and Charlotte Peters took second in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:54.58. The foursome also placed fifth in the 400 freestyle relay.

Journi LaValley, Elise Widener, Zoe Cosgrove, and Journey Blackwell were sixth in the 200 medley relay, finishing with a time of 2:21.86.
Peters was the team’s top individual performer with a pair of top five swims. Her best showing was a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle (26.18) and was fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.16).

“Charlotte Peters had an incredible weekend (100 breast) and two other swimmers to watch were Katie Howard and Georgia Mosher who both made major gains personally and on behalf of the team,” Norman said.

Journey Blackwell was seventh in the 200 freestyle and eighth in the 500 freestyle.

Donna Antonelli (500 freestyle) and Hammond (100 backstroke) both earned seventh place finishes and Brooklyn Jones came in eighth in the 100 butterfly.

Del City’s swimmers also made the trip to the Tulsa metro last week for the Booker T. Washington Hornet Invite.

Tyler Townsend (100-meter butterfly) and John Ogden (100 backstroke) both placed second for the Eagles. Their 200 freestyle relay team of Townsend, Jackson Howard, Jayden Paulson and Ogden were fourth.

The Mid-Del swimmers will wrap up the regular season Thursday with the Suburban Conference meet at Harrah High School. They will then compete in the 5A West Regional meet Feb. 2 at the Mitch Park YMCA in Edmond.

Charlotte Peters celebrates after finishing the 100 breaststroke. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Braxton Dozier competes in the 500 freestyle. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Kaleb Smith swims the 100 butterfly Friday at the Jenks Aquatic Center. Photo by Jeff Harrison

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