Oklahoma High School Champs: Edmond Memorial Takes Girls’ Crown, Jenks Wins Boys’

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — EDMOND MEMORIAL, with its third-consecutive state championship, and Jenks, with its sixth-straight win, were the kingpins for girls and boys at this year's Oklahoma state High School Swimming Championships.

The meet was held the final weekend of February at the Oklahoma City Community College Pool — also site of this year's National Junior CoIllege Athletic Assn. Championships.

GIRLS' EVENTS
Coached by veteran mentor Steve Riggs, one of the state's leading high school and age group coaches, Edmond Memorial scored 357 points to win the girls' title going away over runners-up Jenks. Third was Norman North (192.5).

Edmond won six events en route to the title, and its 357-point total was second-highest in the meet's history — surpassed only by (you guessed it!) the 377.5 total Riggs' girls scored last year. Among the Edmond individual winners were Bobbi Snider (100 free), Robin Herndon (100 back), Megan Howell (100 breast-200 IM). Edmond also won the 200 medley-200 free relays, and in the former set a state record with its 1:51.20 clocking.

The meet's other double winner was Tulsa Union senior Whitney Lynn , who scored fine 1:51.18-4:53.84 200-500 free victories — with the latter a state record. Lynn goes out in style, having swept both distances the last two seasons.

Howell defended her 200 IM from 2000 as did teammate Herndon in the 100 back, and the duo finished one-two in the IM with only .04 separating first from second.

Riggs said this year's Edmonds team was stronger in quality than last season's but did not have as much depth as the high-scoring 2000 squad. He added: "The [Oklahoma] girls' meet was much faster than it has been in many years." As for four in-a-row in '02, Riggs says he's "not in the prediction business."
However, with the bulk of his squad back next season, including all event winners, Edmond will be in a strong position to keep its championship streak intact.

BOYS' EVENTS
Led by super senior sprinter Dan Blanchard, Jenks (342) was an easy 120+-point victor over Bartlesville (221) for its sixth-straight boys' crown, with Edmond (218) a close third.

Blanchard won the 200 free and was runner-up in the 100 back, but saved his record-setting for the relays. He blasted the opening leg of the 200 free in 20.67, becoming the first Oklahoma prepster under 21.0, then came back to lead off the 400 free in a quick 45.46.

His fast leadoff on the 200 free relay also resulted in Jenks setting a state record with its 1:26.08 victory.

The only boys' doubler was Broken Arrow's Topher Rowenhorst, who scored wins in the 50 (21.67) and 100 frees (47.86).

Aside from Blanchard, Jenks' "big gun" was Charles Lebeau, who scored a win in the 200 IM and was second in the 100 fly.

Heritage Hall's Andy Bockus scored a win in the 500 free and was third in the 200 free, while Bartles-ville's Aaron Inkrott was first in the 100 fly, third in the 100 back.

– Bill Bell

Oklahoma State High School Swimming Championships
Boys/Girls
Oklahoma City Community College Pool (25 Yds)
Feb. 23-24, 2001

Top 10 Girls Teams
1. 357 Edmond Mermorial
2. 225 Jenks
3. 192.5 Norman North
4. 189 Stillwater
5. 162 Moore
6. 143 Union
7. 129.5 Ponca City
8. 126 Edmond Santa Fe
9. 117 Putnam City North
10. 97 Enid

Top 10 Boys Teams
1. 342 Jenks
2. 221 Bartlesville
3. 218 Edmond Memorial
4. 198 Broken Arrow
5. 172 Westmoore
6. 158 Stillwater
7. 117 Tulsa B. T. Washington
8. 110 OKC Heritage Hall
9. 106 Union
10. 91 Ponce City

GIRLS TOP 3 INDIVIDUAL-RELAY RESULTS
* State Record

50 YD FREESTYLE
24.94 Mandy Strahl, Stillwater
25.03 Stacey Blanchard, Jenks
25.31 Shannon Storey, Jenks

100 YD FREESTYLE
52.85 Bobbi Snider, Edmond
53.59 Krista Kezbers, Ponce City
53.89 Mandy Strahl, Stillwater

200 YD FREESTYLE
1:51.18 Whitney Lynn, Union
1:54.03 Bobbi Snider, Edmond
1:59.30 Brianna McLeod, Jenks

500 YD FREESTYLE
4:53.84* Whitney Lynn, Union
5:07.95 Lindsey Jones, Bartlesville
5:16.70 Amy Rose, Moore

100 YD BACKSTROKE
0:59.49 Robin Herndon, Edmond
1:01.76 Jacqueline Curley, OKC Classen
1:01.93 Carley Clemens, Norman North

100 YD BREASTSTROKE
1:07.82 Megan Howell, Edmond
1:09.36 Kristie Rose, Moore
1:10.17 Stephanie Munson, Stillwater

100 YD BUTTERFLY
0:58.34 Lindsey Jones, Bartlesville
1:00.26 Olivia Rzepczynski,Tulsa Bishop Kelly
1:01.70 Christina Chavez, Norman

200 YD IND. MEDLEY
2:08.57 Megan Howell, Edmond
2:08.61 Robin Herndon, Edmond
2:13.70 Jacqueline Curley, OKC Classen

1-METER DIVING
398.45 Shelby Noonan, Edmond Santa Fe
374.85 Courtney Waller, Enid
339.80 Rikki Scott, Enid

200 YD MEDLEY RELAY
1:51.20* Edmond (Robin Herndon, Megan Howell,
Kassadie Snider, Lindsey Tilk)
1:55.15 Moore
1:55.26 Stillwater

200 YD FREESTYLE RELAY
1:39.19 Edmond
1:41.19 Jenks
1:43.05 Norman North

400 YD FREESTYLE RELAY
3:40.95 Jenks
3:42.08 Edmond
3:47.17 Norman North

BOYS TOP 3 INDIVIDUAL-RELAY RESULTS

50 YD FREESTYLE
21.67 Topher Rowenhorst, Broken Arrow
22.26 Bobby Goodman, Bartlesville
22.28 Josh Davis, Jenks

100 YD FREESTYLE
47.86 Topher Rowenhorst, Broken Arrow
49.14 Scott Thompson, Jenks
49.42 Eric Huff, Tulsa East Central

200 YD FREESTYLE
1:41.97 Dan Blanchard, Jenks
1:45.45 Tyler Smith, Westmoore
1:45.98 Andy Bockus, Heritage Hall

500 YD FREESTYLE
4:45.13 Andy Bockus, Heritage Hall
4:45.15 Tyler Smith, Westmoore
4:57.46 Ryan Scott, Stillwater

100 YD BACKSTROKE
50.35 David Plummer, Westmoore
50.63 Dan Blanchard, Jenks
51.39 Aaron Inkrott, Bartlesville

100 YD BREASTSTROKE
0:58.17 Eric Jennings, Edmond
1:02.17 Edward Decker, Stillwater
1:02.83 David DeGeus, Edmond

100 YD BUTTERFLY
50.72 Aaron Inkrott, Bartlesville
51.91 Charles Lebeau, Jenks
52.42 Josh Hoffman, OKC Heritage Hall

200 YD IND. MEDLEY
1:54.25 Charles Lebeau, Jenks
1:55.67 Eric Jennings, Edmond
1:55.74 David Plummer, Westmoore

200 YD MEDLEY RELAY
1:41.18 Broken Arrow
1:41.71 Westmoore
1:42.11 Bartlesville

200 YD FREESTYLE RELAY
1:26.08* Jenks
(20.67*, Dan Blanchard; Scott Thompson,
Josh Davis, Charles Lebeau)
1:31.05 Broken Arrow
1:32.78 Bartlesville

400 YD FREESTYLE RELAY
3:13.38 Jenks
(45.46* Dan Blanchard; Judah Brown,
Scott Thompson, Charles Lebeau)
3:21.64 Edmond
3:24.61 Westmoore

1 METER DIVING
470.85 Aaron Colby, Jenks
354.75 Zach Riggin, Jenks
332.70 Eric LeCleric, Altus

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