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Swimmers dive into state

[ 0 ] February 19, 2014 |

 

Oologah swimmers Michael Lemons, (from left) Austin Melhorn, Jayci Wang, Matthew Hammond, Eric Clark and James Epperson take a break from swimming laps in the pool Monday. The swimmers made it out of regionals last weekend and qualified for the state tournament Friday and Saturday in Edmond.

By CHRIS EDENS, Sports Editor

Oologah qualified six swimmers for state last weekend at the Jenks regional.

Oologah only had eight swimmers competing at the regional. The boy’s team took seventh and the girl’s finished eleventh out of sixteen teams.

I’m really proud of all of them,” Oologah head coach Charles Kerber said. “We had to push hard at the end of the season to get the boys qualified. It wasn’t easy with the small team we had this year.”

The Mustangs made state in three relay races and three boys qualified in individual events. Jayci Wang was the only girl to qualify for state.

Previously, swimmers could make state with a qualifying time during the regular season. This year swimmers had to advance to state with a top eight finish at regionals or an at large top 24 time from regionals.

Getting all the boys qualified this year under the new system was an accomplishment,” coach Kerber said. “Jayci probably has the best chance at state as an individual.”

Wang took fourth in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 27.71. Wang also made state in the 100 Freestyle with an eighth place finish at regionals.

Eric Clark, Michael Lemons, Matthew Hammond and Austin Melhorn took seventh with a time of 2.12:44 in the 200 Medley Relay.

Clark, Hammond, Melhorn and James Epperson also took seventh in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Clark, Hammond, Melhorn and Epperson made state in the 200 Freestyle Relay with an eighth place finish.

Hammond and Epperson made state in the 500 Freestyle and Clark made state in the 100 Backstroke with at large qualifying times. Oologah will compete at the state meet Friday and Saturday at Edmond.

Last week before regionals, Oologah hosted the conference swim meet. The boys took first over Adair, Pryor, Miami and Claremore and the girls took second.

The Mustangs took first in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay. Epperson won the 200 Freestyle and Clark won the 100 Backstroke. Wang took first in the 50 Freestyle and second in the 100 Freestyle.  

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