Swim teams compete in first Edmond meet of season

photo by Jenny Rigney

photo by Jenny Rigney

In the third meet of the season, freshman Brittan Butler posted top-three placements in two of his three events for the Oklahoma Christian University men’s swim team in the Edmond Halloween Meet Oct. 28-29.

Butler posted a third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley, which broke the Oklahoma Christian record with a time of 2:09.25. He took ninth place in the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:31.59 and second place in the 400-yard individual with a time of 4:46.28.

“So far, things are going pretty well,” Butler said. “Our team is made up of all freshmen, but we are standing up to most of the big players in the game. Coach [Davis] is pushing us hard each week, and I feel that we are improving and placing well for a new team.”

After his placements in the meet, Butler was given the Eagle of the Week award.

“[The team] clicked after day one,” Butler said. “This team is like a family and I couldn’t have done it without them. No team I have been on feels as close as this one right now.”

Freshman Andrew Assaleh took part in four individual events, taking seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:09.54, eighth in the 200-yard individual with a time of 2:11.34, sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:27.04 and 19th in 1:01.14 in the 100-yard butterfly.

The other top performer for the Eagles was freshman Derek Duckworth, who placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke at 56.40 and fourth in a time of 48.27 in the 100-yard freestyle.

Freshman Carter Shelton took 10th in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:00.03, fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with 23.05 and finished in a tie for seventh with fellow freshman Daniel Rutledge in a time of 50.95.

Rutledge also finished third at 1:51.71 in the 200-yard freestyle and sixth in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.25.

Freshman Noah Woollweever took second in the 200-yard backstroke with 2:06.92, 10th in the 100 freestyle at 51.36, fifth in the 200 breaststroke at 2:14.72 and fourth in the 100 backstroke in 57.76.

Shelton, Duckworth, and freshmen Dylan Ingram and Kurt Gscheidle competed in the 200 medley relay and finished with a time of 1:41.03, but did not place.

For the Lady Eagles, freshman Jamie McGarrigle set two school records in separate events.

McGarrigle placed first in the 200 breaststroke at 2:39.77 and second in the 100 freestyle in 55.65 seconds, both records for the swim team.

Freshman Hanna Forbat also broke a school record as she took first place at 1:00.17 in the 100 butterfly. Forbat also placed third in the 100 freestyle at 56.51 and fifth in both the 100 breaststroke and the 200 freestyle at 1:12.89 and 2:04.18 respectively.

In the 50 freestyle, freshman Megan Diamond took fifth with a time of 26.20. She also placed fifth in the 100 freestyle at 57.19 and third in the 200 freestyle with 2:01.50.

Freshman Heidi Fritscher was the top finisher for the Lady Eagles in the 200 individual medley at fifth place in 2:19.31.

McGarrigle, Forbat and freshmen Allison De Weirdt and Hailey Webster finished the 200 medley relay in 2:00.06, but did not place.

Both teams will compete in the Turkey Meet at the Edmond YMCA Nov. 18-19.

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