For the first time in school history, the Fort Gibson girls high school swim team beat Jenks in a swimming tournament.
“We couldn’t even compare to Jenks before,” Zoe DeCamp, team captain said.
“Jenks is always state champions or state runners-up in class 6A,” Coach Connie Dean said. “The girls just swam really well. They all dropped time in their events, all placed high.”
The team swam well in the first events Wednesday evening, Jan. 5.
When it was time to go, Dean checked the scores and found the girls were six points ahead of Jenks.
It was exciting for the team, DeCamp said, but the girls knew they’d have to work extra hard on Thursday to maintain that edge.
“It almost felt like we were at state,” she said. “It was so exciting and chaotic.”
“It came down to the very last relay, and we had to get first or second to beat Jenks — and we did,” Cantrell said. “We did and it was the first time we ever beat Jenks.”
After the exciting win, the girls and boys teams are now prepping for state competition in February.
“We’re looking forward to the state meet Feb. 18 and 19 at Oklahoma City Community College,” Dean said. “We’re going to have to swim well, not have any disqualifications.”
Fort Gibson won’t face Jenks again but Dean said Altus, Booker T. Washington, and Oklahoma City Classen all have strong swim teams.
“We’ve just got to give it our best and give God the glory, trust him to help us,” Cantrell said.
DeCamp expects the team to do well.
“I’m thinking it’s going to be really great,” she said. “I think, since we held Jenks, then state is going to be pretty exciting.”
The girls placed as state runners-up behind Bishop McGuinness at state last year and the boys placed fifth, Dean said.
“At the beginning of the year we always have team and individual goals,” Dean said. “All the girls said they wanted to be state champions and the guys want to finish in the top three. And I think we have a real good shot at doing that.”
Currently, the Fort Gibson girls are ranked first in class 5A and the boys are ranked third, said Dean — and the boys deserve kudos too.
“And the boys placed third in that meet (Hornet Invitational) out of 12 schools,” Dean said. “They were beat by Jenks and Bixby and they each have about 27 boys. So, for my nine guys to do that well is really good for them.”
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