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December 31, 2013

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3. A three-peat for FGHS girls swimming

When any team wins three titles consecutively, the word dynasty eventual creeps into the conversation.

Well, let the talk begin as the Fort Gibson girls swim team captured the Class 5A championship for the third straight year with a total of 299 points to outdistance Stillwater (260) and Bixby (237).

“Someone asked me if we were building a dynasty at Fort Gibson,” said Fort Gibson swimming coach Connie Dean. “I don’t worry about that. I just want to make sure that we keep the ball rolling.”

Highlighting the day for Fort Gibson were wins for Leslie White in the 200 IM (2.16.66) and 100 breaststroke (1.08.96). White was also a part of the 200 freestyle relay team that bested their own state record. The 2010 team held the mark at 1:47.81 and their 2013 counterparts came in at 1:46.34.

“I was very nervous before my individual races,” White said. “In the 400, I knew we were close to the record, but I didn’t know we had broken it until it was all over.”

4. The drought ends for Warner

It had been 15 years since the Warner girls had won the Class 2A state cross country championship but that ended in October when the Lady Eagles beat out Boise City by one point to bring home the trophy.

Freshman Kailey Kilpatrick, the Phoenix’s cross country athlete of the year, set the pace for Warner, crossing the line with a time of 12 minutes and 22 seconds over the 3,200-meter course to capture the individual championship, 28 seconds ahead of Boise City’s Autumn Mizer.

“I was nervous, never having run in a state meet,” Kilpatrick said. “I was just trying to run my hardest and do the best for my teammates. I knew it was going to be very close between us and Boise City.”

Each member of the team knew it would take a personal best to win the championship, and that’s what happened.  Britney Hammons broke the tape at 13:32.40, Becky Kauffman at 13:40, Becky’s sister Jessica at 13:44.8 and Ally Davis at 13:55.

“We talked about having their best times and placement and working hard to pass as many girls as we could, “ said Warner coach Mindi Peters. “Because that’s what it was going to come down to, those two things, and we did it.”

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