HARRAH — Local swimmers rewrote their schools' record books Jan. 5 at the Harrah High School pool in the opening OSSAA swim meet of the spring semester.

Ada, Byng and Latta participants posted 31 personal best times and broke 20 school records. The junior high meet was held concurrently with thehigh school meet, but no placings of individuals were kept for the younger swimmers.

Carried by the momentum of a record-setting relay in the first event of the meet, Ada senior Zach Flatt guaranteed the program's entry in the OSSAA State High School Swimming Championships in February with his state qualifying time of 24.69 in the 50 yard freestyle. Volunteer head coach Dr Anita Walker was delighted with the evening.

“We have not competed in a 25-yard pool since our first meet in early November,” she said. “The continued improvements we have seen in our five 25-meter fall meets were finally displayed in this yards meet. I couldn't be more proud of all our swimmers.”

This will be the fourth time in five seasons that the program has been represented in the OSSAA state championships. Previous appearances were in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

OSSAA swimming is a one-class sport. All schools compete against each other regardless of size, and there is only one state championship meet at the conclusion of the season.

The next OSSAA high school meet is in Midwest City, followed by a junior high meet in Harrah. Members of Greater Ada Swim Club (the parent program for Ada/Byng/Latta Swimming) will also compete in Claremore.



Local results

Byng Junior High School girls



50 yard freestyle: Jessica Grimes 36.34, personal best, school record.

50 yard back: Grimes 43.13, personal best, school record.

50 yard breast: Grimes 59.12, personal best.



Byng Junior High School boys



50 yard freestyle: Mike Lindsey 29.23, personal best, school record; Garrett Thompson 35.72, personal best, school record.

50 yard back: Lindsey 40.88, personal best, school record; Thompson 51.53, personal best, school record.

50 yard breast: Lindsey 42.8, personal best, school record; Thompson 52.10, personal best, school record.

50 yard butterfly: Lindsey 36.31, personal best, school record; Thompson 57.23, personal best, school record.

Byng High School girls



50 yard freestyle: Rachel Underwood 36.47, ninth place, personal best, school record.

100 yard breast: Underwood 1:51.97, sixth place, personal best.



Byng High School Boys



200 yard freestyle: Justin Grimes 2:26.28, fifth place.

500 yard freestyle: Grimes 6:53.09, fourth place.

100 yard back: Matt Lindsey 1:12.05, first place, personal best, school record.

200 yard individual medley: Lindsey 2:37.91, fourth place, personal best, school record.



Ada Junior High boys



50 yard freestyle: Colton Lott 36.49, personal best.

50 yard back: Lott 51.72, personal best.

50 yard breast: Lott 47.31, personal best.

50 yard butterfly: Lott 54.38, personal best, school record.



Ada Junior High girls



50 yard freestyle: Kalie Potter 31.37, fifth place, personal best; Sarah Norred 34.06, seventh place.

100 yard freestyle: Potter 1:12.78, fifth place.

100 yard breast: Norred 1:38.44, fifth place.



Ada Junior High boys



50 yard freestyle: Zach Flatt 24.69, third place, personal best, state qualifier; Jason Downing 30.50, sixth place, personal best; Matt Taylor 34.97, eighth place, personal best.

100 yard freestyle: Caleb Shelton 1:11.00, fifth place, personal best; Brock Mann 1:11.96, sixth place, personal best; Jason Downing 1:13.25, seventh place, personal best; Matt Taylor 1:23.05, ninth place, personal best.

100 yard back: Mann 1:21.44, fourth place.

100 yard breast: Flatt 1:14.18, third place, personal best, school record; Shelton 1:20.06, fifth place, personal best.

400 yard freestyle relay: Brock Mann, Caleb Shelton, Zach Flatt, Jason Downing 4:44.28, fourth place, school record.

200 yard medley relay: Mann, Shelton, Flatt, Downing 2:09.29, third place, school record.





Latta Junior High boys



50 yard freestyle: Dalton Walker 30.41, personal best, school record.

50 yard back: Walker 37.98.

50 yard breast: Walker 45.75.

50 yard butterfly: Walker 39.00, personal best, school record.