Dewi Blose

Stillwater, senior

Blose capped off another strong season by winning individual Class 5A state championships in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke, setting state records in each event and posting times in both that would have even won the 6A state meet. She also helped win state titles and set state records in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, as the Pioneers claimed their fourth straight state championship (each year she has been there). A 4.0 student, Blose is heading off to the University of Kansas next year. “She’s a dominant swimmer — certainly the best one I’ve ever had,” Stillwater coach Kurt Goebel said. “She works hard, she has great strokes, she’s got a great attitude. It’s amazing how fast she is. A lot of fun to watch.”

Isabelle Packard

Metro Christian, junior

After winning two individual Class 5A state championships as a freshman and one last year as a sophomore (placing second in her other event), Packard delivered again this season, claiming state titles in both the 200 and the 500 freestyles, each by comfortable margins. She also swam in the 200 medley relay, helping Metro Christian place sixth, and the 200 free relay, in which it placed ninth. “I’m really happy how everything turned out,” Packard said. “I got a new best time in my 200 free, so I was super-excited about that. It was more than I hoped for, I guess. I worked really hard this season, setting goals, paying attention to detail.”

Kate Steward

Bartlesville, senior

The Tulsa World’s Swimmer of the Year in 2016 and 2017, Steward enjoyed another outstanding season. After recovering from reconstructive surgery on a broken ankle, Steward led the Bruins to their fourth straight Class 6A state championship with dominating performances. She set meet records in winning her individual events (200 Individual medley and 100 breaststroke), and also anchored Bartlesville’s winning and record-setting 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. “You don’t want to get comfortable winning,” Steward said. “You want to make sure you’re always on your toes and always ready, making sure to be accountable in your training, be focused and remember that there can always be surprises.”


The FIRST TEAM

200 Freestyle: Josie Uerling, Union, senior

200 IM: Tori Orcutt, Booker T. Washington, sophomore

50 Freestyle: Marcia Shaw, Stillwater, freshman

100 Butterfly: Greta Olsen, Bartlesville, senior

100 Freestyle: June Harris, Bartlesville, junior

500 Freestyle: Isabelle Packard, Metro Christian, junior; Swimmer of the Year finalist

100 Backstroke: Dewi Blose, Stillwater, senior; Swimmer of the Year finalist

100 Breaststroke: Kate Steward, Bartlesville, senior; Swimmer of the Year finalist

Coach of the Year

Chad Englehart, Bartlesville

Having already established a winning tradition at Bartlesville, Englehart kept his dominant girls’ team accountable and focused on the details, helping lead the Bruins to their fourth consecutive Class 5A state championship.

The second team

200 Freestyle: Savanna Barth, Stillwater, senior

200 IM: Erin Downey, Bartlesville, junior

50 Freestyle: Allison Biddinger, Bartlesville, senior

100 Butterfly: Annie Kramer, Broken Arrow, junior

100 Freestyle: Emma Latta, Booker T. Washington, senior

500 Freestyle: Emily Giovannetti, Bartlesville, senior

100 Backstroke: Kayley Henderson, Bixby, sophomore

100 Breaststroke: Sydney Perry, Bartlesville, sophomore

Honorable Mention

Bartlesville: Ashton Ernest, Delaney Shipman

Bishop Kelley: Abbey Mink, Laney Sims

Bixby: Micah Neasby, Kendall Stieben

Booker T. Washington: Mackenzie Martin, Lauren Meyers, Colby Orcutt, Cassie Powell

Broken Arrow: Rachel Kramer

Jenks: Laney Fenton, Josie Jones

Metro Christian: Lauren Steudtner

Oologah: Alexis Ramsey

Stillwater: Sadie Freudenberger, Jaidyn Hooper, Cecilia Smith, Bella Tidland, Raelene Tree

Union: Courtney Posey, Kendra vonHartitzsch

Previous winners

Girls swimmer of the year

2017: Kate Steward, Bartlesville

2016: Kate Steward, Bartlesville

2015: Haley Downey, Bartlesville

2014: Leslie White, Fort Gibson

2013: Breonna Barker, BA

2012: Erin Beu, Owasso

2011: Megan Myers, Union

2010: Megan Myers, Union

2009: Michelle Glass, Jenks

2008: Whitley Taylor, Jenks

2007: Whitley Taylor, Jenks

2006: Whitley Taylor, Jenks

Coach of the Year

(Boys and girls)

2017: John Turner, Jenks

2016: Chad Englehart, Bartlesville

2015: Chad Englehart, Bartlesville

2014: Jeff Allen, Bartlesville (boys); Connie Dean, Fort Gibson (girls)

2013: Connie Dean, Fort Gibson

2012: David Lynn, Union

2011: David Lynn, Union

2010: John Turner, Jenks

2009: Monika Meadows, Bixby

2008: John Turner, Jenks

2007: John Turner, Jenks

2006: John Turner, Jenks; and David Lynn, Union

Sports Writer

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