Stillwater News Press

December 12, 2013

Stillwater High boys swimming wins home quad, girls finish second

By Andrew Glover
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Pioneers and Lady Pioneers swimming teams were hoping to fine tune some things before Christmas break. Thursday at the Stillwater Family YMCA, both teams achieved just that as the Pioneers won the meet and the Lady Pioneers finished second in the quadrangular.

“We didn’t have the number of girls to beat Owasso,” Goebel said. “We didn’t have the strongest lineup out there but we were able to find some things out. Had some tough races. Overall, I was pretty pleased.”

The Pioneers dominated, scoring 104 points. Broken Arrow finished second with 36 and Guymon and Owasso each had 15. Senior Matthew Tree said he thought the boys swam well.

“We were dropping times as a team,” Tree said. “Everyone showed up, so it was a pretty good time.”  Tree said the best event was the 200-meter relay as both Stillwater teams were in the top 2. The team of Nate Carman, Ben Cowles, Layne Njaa and Trey Cushing won with a time of 2:02.69. Tree, Kyle Goebel, Charles Clark and Keven-Mykel Owens finished second.

Coach Goebel said he believes the boys can be one of the fastest in the state and just have to work on getting faster.

“The boys know that to win a 5A state title, we are going to have not only Matthew and Charles doing well — the rest of them are going to have to step up.”

Tree won the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter freestyle. Trey Cushing won the 50-meter freestyle and finished second in the 200-meter freestyle. Charles Clark won the 100-meter butterfly and the 100-meter backstroke. Nate Carman finished second in the 400-meter freestyle. Goebel finished second in the 100-meter backstroke. The Pioneers won all three relays.

The Lady Pioneers scored 55 points and were five points behind Owasso. Coach Goebel said the relays kept the girls from winning. Stillwater finished second in the 200-meter medley relay, third in the 200-meter freestyle relay and won the 400-meter relay.

“We’ve been playing around and making some adjustments,” Goebel said. “Really, what we are trying to do is find a way to get all three relays strong.”

Junior Brooke Njaa won the 100-meter breast stroke and finished second in the 200-meter freestyle. Junior Alexx Thomas won the girls 200 individual-medley. Freshman Isabelle Smith finished second in the 50-meter freestlye. Dunn said she was impressed with how Smith performed.

“Isabelle Smith competed well in the 50,” Dunn said. “Overall we had a lot of good races ... The (400-meter relay) we did really well. We came in first by a long shot.”

Dunn finished second in the 400-meter freestyle and thought she could have performed better.

Stillwater is done with competitions for the rest of the semester. The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers return to action on Jan. 7 at Bartlesville against Bruins and Owasso. Coach Goebel said they aren’t taking any time off.

“We will be training everyday except Saturday and Sunday,” Goebel said. “We are taking Christmas Day and Christmas Eve off and New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve off. The rest of the days we will be swimming.”