This may have been the most emotional week in the lives of the entire student body and faculty of Altus High School.
It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the Bulldog swimming collective for sure. From celebrating a Regional Championship to midweek funerals for a fallen teammate and another classmate, to taking over the Jenks Aquatic Center in triumph on Saturday.
The 2016 Altus High School Bulldogs boys swim team are state champions, again.
The boys are back to back state champions and for the seniors this is their third state championship in their four years of competing as AHS Bulldogs.
The girls team should feel like champions as well. They sure made all Bulldog fans proud as the team claimed the 9th spot in class 5A. To finish 9th in out of 30 teams in class 5A is seriously impressive. The girls have no seniors and only three juniors qualifying for state. There are many great young female swimmers across the state. The girls will have to work hard to get reach championship level. With that many girls returning next year, expectations are very high for them in 2017.
The results from the 2016 swimming State Championship are below.
Girls– 200 Medley Relay- 8th- Lindsay Detwiler, Brianne Loe, Brianna Barker, Kassie Hurst
200 Free- 16th-Lindsay Detwiler- 2:19.47
200 IM- 9th- Tatum Pollak- 2:38.16 Rachel Scott- 16th- 2:48.94
50 free- 12th- Dayna Brown- 28:12
500 freestyler- 12th- Tatum Pollak- 6:18.35 Haleigh Frith- 14th- 6:21.49
200 Freestyle Relay- 8th- Kassie Hurst, Audrey Cooper, Tatum Pollak, Dayna Brown
100 Back- 16th- Lindsay Detwiler- 1:13.78
100 Breast- 7th- Brianne Loe- 1:19.22; 13th- Brianna Barker-1:19.95
400 free relay- 7th- Kassie Hurst, Lindsay Detwiler, Tatum Pollak, Dayna Brown- 4:19.74
“Proud of the girls,” said coach Linda Wiginton. “No seniors swam at State. We only had three juniors. Half had not been to State before. All three relays finished in the top eight. That was great. It will be their turn to shine next year. We are going to have to work really hard. There are many fast, young girls coming up in 5A. We finished 9th overall scoring 109 points in a field of 30. There are 45 teams in 5A, but 15 did not get in from Regionals. I’m very proud of Dayna Brown for singing the national anthem as well. She did fantastic.”
200 Medley Relay- Broke school record and our own State record from 2010. Walker Sacco, Konner Croft, Chase Hubbard, Daniel Brown -1:39.91
200 freestyle- 6th- Ryan Louks-1:58.01; 7th- Hadden Thompson- 1:59.13
200 IM- 8th- David Scott- 2:16.92; 9th- Konner Croft- 2:15.15; 12th- Isaac Dyer- 2:19.92
50 Freestyle- 1st- Daniel Brown- 21:22 REPEAT State Champion from last year in this event- narrowly missed State record by .11; 2nd- Walker Sacco- 22:69
100 Butterfly-9th-Chase Hubbard-56:03; 12th-Isaac Dyer- 57:74
100 Freestyle- 1st- Repeat State Champion from last year in this event- Daniel Brown- 47:81; 3rd- Walker Sacco- 50:10
500 Freestyle- 6th- Ryan Louks- 5:23.62; 8th- Hadden Thompson- 5:33.85
200 Freestyle Relay- 1st- missed breaking own State record by a mere .16- Sacco, Croft, Scott, and Brown- 1:31.19
100 Backstroke- 8th-Chase Hubbard- 59:69
100 Breast stroke- 6th- Konner Croft- 1:05.17; 8th- Jaret Nassaney- 1:06.16; 13th- Gabe Barton- 1:09.44
400 Freestyle relay- 7th- Louks, Thompson, Scott,, Hubbard- 3:36.72
Guys 306- Ft.Gibson 223.5
“We had nine boys at state,” said Wiginton. “I could not be prouder of this group than I am today. These boys showed Altus just what kind of athletes we have walking the hallways at AHS. They can get work hard and stay together as a family. This bunch triumphed after the tragedy.”
Wiginton received her award for the National Coach of the Year on Saturday.
The tragedy earlier in the week of their fallen teammate, the late Ethan Powers, was felt on Saturday. “It was the coach’s decision to not replace Ethan at state,” said Daniel Brown. “The team supported that decision completely. I felt Ethan was swimming right along with us.”
The team risked losing the points opportunity by not replacing Ethan for his event. Instead, the confidence in each other to pull the needed championship points in other events allowed them to leave Ethan’s lane open when it was time for his event. His name appears right along with his teammate’s names in the program. Also, on the live-streaming service of the event, coxhshub.com, Ethan is listed during his event as a NS standing for no show.
The team disagrees with that. They feel Ethan showed up right along side them as they competed and stood atop the 5a podium as repeat state champions.
“I am so thankful for a wonderful assistant in Michael Shive,” said Wiginton. “We are really a team. JD Falkner has volunteered three years. Ryan Stanfill from AAFB has helped this year. We have so much support from our school family, our parents, our community, and Altus Public Schools.”
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