Shawnee girls make school history in 200 free relay
EDMOND – Shawnee swimming coach Valerie Colburn was ecstatic at the conclusion of Saturday's Class 5A state swim meet in Edmond, and for good reason. Colburn saw six medals go to her girls – the highlight of which was in the 200 freestyle relay, where Leticia Cervantes, Lauren Grein, Jordyn Sateren and Isabel Webb set school history.
The girls posted a time of 1:48.24 second-place time behind a new state record of 1:42.42 by the Stillwater team. The second place time might not have been a new state record, but it did give the girls the highest finish in the event in school history. Colburn's excitement emphasized that.
“When that board said second, I screamed like I don't care. It was fantastic,” she said.
The four girls also medaled in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:02.21. There were several highlights in the girls individual events too.
Cervantes took fourth in her 200 individual medley event with a time of 2:22.95 and finished seventh in the 500 freestyle race at 5:45.83 to finish her junior year on a high note.
Webb capped off her freshman season with a sixth-place finish in the 50 freestyle race tied with Duncan's Madelyn Harper on a time of 26.67.
Grein completed her final high school butterfly event with a 1:07.21 time for fifth place.
Colburn and assistant coach Bob McNeil were proud of the young talent on the team all-around and how they did outside of the relay events.
“I think we brought home more individual medals this time than last year,” Colburn said.
The girls finished fourth place as a team out of 25 squads and with the boys taking 12th out of 26, thea school finished eighth overall.
Expectations were easily defied from the start of the season and the team has a lot to look forward to in the coming years.
“I would say the girls definitely overachieved from what we thought going into the season, hands down,” McNeil said.
The top eight finishers from each race won medals, but other finals times also provided valuable points for the team.
Grein (2:35.39) finished 11th in the 200 IM, Webb 12th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:08.98 and the girls 400 free relay team of Madeline Motley, Avery Hadley, Savannah Smith and Breeanna Lee took 10th.
For the boys, Trent Ogden took 13th in the 50 free with a time of 23.46 and 10th in the 100 back with a final time of 1:00.77. Brodie Morris took 12th in the 500 free event with a time of 5:29.88.
The boys' 400 relay team of Morris, Darren Pennington, Dustin Ortiz and Kiergan Gibson took 11th with a time of 3:52.26. Ogden, Morris, Pennington and Cade Mikish squeezed out a 10th-place finish of 1:38.89 in the 200 free relay.
Grein, Hadley and Ortiz each graduate at the end of the year, but Colburn and McNeil are excited about the future of the program with such a strong pool of young talent.
“Lots to build on for the future. Lots of young ones,” Colburn said.