High school swimming notebook: Bartlesville boys eager to end title drought
BY JOSH HALEY World Correspondent
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
2/15/12 at 2:25 AM
The Bruins have not won a title since 1990, but they enter this year's state meet with the fastest time in five of the 11 scheduled events.
"They are mentally ready," said Bartlesville head coach Ben Harlow. "They know this is their time to step up."
Bartlesville holds the fastest time in two of the three relay events, while Trevor Rietfors (50-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke) and Colton Krause (100-meter butterfly) have set the fastest times in individual events.
Owasso girls still on the rise: Despite setting six school records this season, the Lady Rams still have history to make at this weekend's state championship meet.
The Owasso girls have never won a state title individually or in a relay event. Their best chance will be Erin Beu, who is responsible for four individual school records this season. Beu will swim the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly and has the fastest times in the state this season for both events.
"She's prepared four years and she knows she just has to stay focused," said Owasso head coach Susan Barnett.
Bixby boys seeking 5A title: Technically, the Bixby boys are seeking their second consecutive Class 5A title. After winning in 2010, the Spartans were bumped up to Class 6A. Bixby is back in Class 5A this year and enters the state meet with the fastest time of the season in six of the 11 events.
"They know what they want, and they know what they have to do to get it," said Bixby head coach Monika Meadows.
Senior Robbie Anderson and freshman Bryan Lee hold the top times in Class 5A in their respective events, while the Spartans also have the top time in two relay events.