By Mike Moguin
GTR Sports Writer
Jenks proved once again to be masters of the pool as it swept the Class 6A championships for the second consecutive year at the state swim meet in Edmond.
The Trojan boys won their third straight title, fourth in five years and 20th in school history, finishing with 398 points. Bartlesville was second with 278.
“It was amazing,” said Grant Stuckey, who has signed with Clairmont (Calif.) McKenna College. “We didn’t win our freshman year because we were off by two points, but it was just amazing to have grown up with all of these guys and be able to win a state championship.”
The Trojan girls made it two straight and 13th for the program, finishing with 326 points. Union was second with 263.
“I think it was pretty meaningful not only to the team as a whole, but because of what we went through with the ice storm and COVID-19,” senior and Lindenwood (St. Charles, Mo.) signee Laney Fenton said.
It was also special for the senior girls, “because we barely lost our sophomore year. Everytime we win one it feels really good to us because we remember what it felt like to lose. So I felt like this one coming in my senior year, it was pretty meaningful to me and a great way to end my season.”
Fenton also said the team didn’t get to practice together at all during the mid-February ice storm. School was closed due to the parking lot being iced over.
“We all went to YMCAs to practice,” Fenton said.
“Last year was our first (championship) in a long time for the girls team,” said Jasmine Rau, who has signed with Southern Illinois. “This year, it was tighter because we lost a couple of teammates that were important for our relays. So, we all worked hard and with everything happening with COVID, it was a little more stressful, but exciting for us.”
Fenton repeated as gold medalist in both the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke events with times of 5:06.32 and 1:06.38. She and Rau, along with fellow seniors Gabby Vargus and Josie Jones, also won the 400-yard freestyle relays with a time of 3:38.78.
Rau won the 100-yard butterfly (55.26). It was her first individual first-place finish. She said working on her underwater techniques was key to winning.
Jenks did come up short in its bid to repeat in the 200-yard medley relay as it took second to Shawnee.
The Trojan boys won the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relay races, with respective times of 1:28.90 and 3:12.92.
Stuckey was part of the 400-relay team along with fellow seniors Jazz Widney, Austin Sung and freshman Jacob Clink.
Widney, junior Ethan Matthews, Clink and freshman Josh Rau were part of the 200-relay team,
Just a lot of practicing was the key to winning, Stuckey said.
“We pretty much spent the entire week before practicing our relay starts,” he added. “None of us had any delays. We were able to touch the wall and then the next person goes.”
Fenton, Rau and Stuckey are all excited about the future of Trojan swimming.
“I think it’s really going in a good direction, even though a bunch of us seniors are leaving, the juniors are a good group of kids that does really great,” Fenton said of the Jenks girls. “And since (coach) Diego (Henao) is the club coach, he has a bunch of great little swimmers coming up so I think we’ll be strong in the next couple of years.
“I think they really have a good future because everyone is really motivated and we all have the same goals,” Rau added. “With Diego being the coach, I think we have a really good future.
I’m really excited to see what this freshman class can accomplish,” Stuckey said of the Jenks boys. “They’re a lot faster than I was when I was a freshman. I’m excited with what they’ll be able to do in the four years they have.”
With all that said, the potential for more trophies is there for Trojan swimmers.
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