The Altus men’s swim team was State Runner-up at the 5-A State Championships in Edmond. The 200 Free Relay team of Walker Sacco, Mathew Aguilar, Daniel Brown and Garrett Thompson broke a State record standing since 2011 with a time 1:31:48. Stillwater beat the Bulldogs by only five points to claim the first place spot. The final score was 263 to 258.
Senior standout Garrett Thompson earned two gold individual medals in the 50 Freestyle (21:78) and in the 100 Freestyle (48:65). He teamed up with Sacco, Brown, and Jacob Oden for another first place in the 400 Freestyle relay (3:23.34).
This weekend two school records also fell. The 200 Free Relay team also broke the school record from 2010. Brown broke the 200 Freestyle AHS record with a time of 1:49.29 which earned him a 2nd place at State. Brandon Lundmark also medaled in the 500 Freestyle (5:25.09) with a 7th place finish. Sacco got an 8th place medal in the 100 Freestyle (51.64) along with Brown’s 2nd place finish.
Other point earners for the Bulldogs were Jaret Nassaney 14th in the 100 breast, Aguilar 9th in 200 IM and 9th in the 100 Backstroke, Oden 11th in 200 IM and 4th in the 100 Butterfly, David Scott 13th in the 200 IM (2:21.47), Ethan Powers 15th in the 200 IM, and Ryan Louks 13th in the 500 Freestyle.
Lady Bulldog swimmers, who have been in a rebuilding year, were led by Cassidy Pearl who finished 8th in the 100 Backstroke (1:07.40). Pearl, Taylor, McEntire, LAcey Bacon and Bailey Dickson placed 10th in the 200 Medley Relay (2:11.32). Rachel Dowell, Dickson, McEntire, And Pearl swam the 400 Freestyle Relay for an 11th place finish (4:26.54). Dickson placed 14th in the 50 Freestyle (28:55). Dayna Brown also scored points in the 100 Breaststroke with a time if 1:23.42 for a 16th place finish. The girls placed 18th in a field of 28 teams.
“I would like to especially thank WOSC for allowing us to practice there for two weeks since our pool motor had an issue,” Swim Coach Linda Wiginton said. “Another bog thanks goes to my assistant coaches, Michael Shive and JD Falkner, who help me every day. Also, all of this success would not be possible without the wonderful; support of our Altus administration. I also am blessed with the best parental support a coach could ever want. However, most importantly, I have athletes with the will to practice hard to achieve long-term goals. What a great ending to our year!”