Jenks boys, girls swim teams win state championships
Jenks became the first school in six years to win both boys and girls swim state championships Saturday.
Both teams capped off their blazing season-long run through competition with yet another impressive performance at the Jenks Aquatic Center. The girls scored 382 points, ahead of Edmond North which scored 224. The boys breezed through their competition, scoring 394 points, more than runner-up Bartlesville which scored 249.
“I couldn’t be more proud,” coach Diego Henao said. “It is almost the perfect way to win a championship. Everyone helped, swimmers who didn’t get the chance to qualify for state and parents cheering for the team.
“I couldn’t be more proud. This is the best job.”
The girls team got a redemption from last season.
The Lady Trojans were 20 points back from taking first place at state a year ago and now they’re back on top.
“I think the girls really desered this and I think all our hard work really paid off,” Laney Fenton said.
Fenton’s sights were set on taking four gold medals and she did just that. She credits her team for the accolade.
“I’m really proud of myself as a person and my team too because they really pushed me to be great,” Fenton said. “I set my goals to get four gold medals which did not think was possible. They pushed me to be my best and really helped me through hit. I’m glad I have the team I have.”
Along the way to winning championships, Jenks broke numerous records.
“I rank out of ink because we broke so many records,” Henao said. “That hasn’t been done in a long time.”
Both Jenks swim teams have been goal oriented all year. Now that the final race has been won, they can sit back and feel accomplished.
“I gave them goals at the beginning of the season and we achieved a lot of them,” Henao said. “I was kind of fishing to see what happened and we got a lot of good fish.”