LAWTON – Elgin’s swim teams are starting to elevate their performances as the Owls head into the tough part of the schedule.
Elgin’s women’s team finished first at the Dec. 6 meet that included all Lawton schools and Chickasha. Elgin won by a large margin as the Lady Owls accumulated 517 points compared to second-place Chickasha with 212 points.
“We are doing really good,” Elgin head coach Cory Grochow said. “It’s really good for being at the halfway point of the season. It’s nice to see the kids are swimming well with back-to-back meets.”
In the Dec. 6 meet, the girls’ 200-yard medley relay team outlasted Chickasha by two seconds with a time of 2:30.17. Team members are Kyle Delozier, Janeeva Smith, Ellie Stevenson and Josie Pearson.
Delozier also won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:47.65 while Stevenson won the 50-yard freestyle in 30.21 seconds followed by Delozier at 30.27. Delozier also finished third in the 500-yard freestyle.
The girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Stevenson, Amaya Armendariz, Emily Bean and Pearson finished first with a time of 2:09.76, which was 10 seconds faster than second-place Chickasha.
On the boys’ side, Elgin finished second as a team with 390 points, three behind first-place Lawton MacArthur.
Mason Thompson was one of the most consistent swimmers in the boys’ competition with a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, third in the 500-yard freestyle and was the anchor leg in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Thompson impressed his coach by dropping 30 seconds off his 500-yard freestyle time since earlier this season.
During a seven-team meet at Harrah on Dec. 5, Elgin had several top performances including a first-place finish by Murdoc Bradley who finished on top in the 500-yard freestyle race with a time of 7:11.43, a second in front of second-place finisher Cody Marshall of Ada.
In addition, Elgin’s boys captured first in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:19. Team members are Noah Bronkema, John Clipp, Bradley and Thompson, who also finished third in the 200-yard freestyle.
Stevenson finished second in the girls 200-yard intermediate medley and Pearson finished third in the 50-yard freestyle race.
Teams that competed in the meet were Harrah, Choctaw, Ada, Byng, Chickasha, Elgin and Harding.
Elgin will compete Dec. 10 in the Yukon Invitational at Mitch Park YMCA in Edmond and then travel to Altus for a Dec. 13 dual. Elgin finishes the first half of its season with a Dec. 15 dual at Duncan’s Simmons Center.