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February 3, 2013

Timberwolves make clean sweep of Mid-State meet

OKLAHOMA CITY — It was a clean sweep for Norman North, and it wasn’t close.

The Timberwolves took the top spot on both the girls’ and boys’ side of the Mid-State Conference swim meet Saturday at Oklahoma City Community College. The girls won the event by more than 100 points, defeating second-place Edmond Memorial 534.50 to 389.50, and the boys cruised to a 28-point victory over Memorial. NHS finished third on both sides, losing by just 9.5 points to Memorial on the boys side.

It wasn’t an unexpected result, but it was still rewarding for the T-Wolves, who will be state-title contenders when they travel to Jenks in two weeks for the state meet. North won 13 events at the conference meet, including the girls’ 50-yard freestyle, where freshman Madie Sarantakos won the event in her first major final. Her time of 25.25 was a personal best and nearly a full second better than the runner-up. She also won the 100-yard butterfly.

“High school swimming is way different than club swimming,” she said. “It’s more stressful, and you have schoolwork and everything to keep up on, but my teammates have all helped me through. I’m excited to have done so well today and I’m ready to see what I can do at state.”

Sarantakos wasn’t the only one to have a big day. North sophomore Justin Wu bettered the conference record he set yesterday by recording a 139.92, taking nearly two seconds off his one-day old record. Coach Kent Nicholson said North’s Alex Zhu, who swam his fastest time in the 200 medley relay, had an exceptional day.

“We had our best time by quite a bit today, and we want to go after the state record next,” he said after the race. “This was a really good sign today that we have a chance to get it in two weeks.”

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