Auld earns two medals at state

Isaiah Auld swims to a fourth place finish in the 200-yard freestyle event in the class 6A State Swimming Championships in Jenks. Auld finished in a time of 1:44.44 and set a new school record in the process. Auld earned two medals in the state meet and now holds four state medals to lead all Yukon swimmers. (photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
JENKS – It was another record night for Isaiah Auld the the Yukon Millers.
Auld become the first YHS swimmer to earn two state medals and set a pair of school records along the way at the Class 6A State Swimming Championships Saturday in Jenks.
Auld, who now owns four state medals (the most of any YHS swimmer), finished his high school career owning eight school records.
“I am really proud of how my team and I swam at the state meet,” Auld said. “I was able to update the records in both the individual events I swam in and I am very proud of the 400-yard freestyle relay, especially Clayton (Berg) swimming a phenomenal 100 time, especially for being a freshman.”
Auld’s best finish came in the 200-yard freestyle where he finished fourth in a time of one minute and 44.04 seconds. He had qualified for the finals swimming fourth in the prelims in 1:45.02.
In the 100-yard free, he swam a finals time of 48 seconds flat to finish sixth. He also swam sixth in the preliminaries in a time of 48.07 seconds.
Auld anchored the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished 11th overall in a time of 3:38.42. He was joined on the relay byAydan Howard, Farris Abdelazziz and Berg.
“In the prelims, I swam as well as I needed to to qualify in the top eight,” Auld said. “In the finals, I was a little nervous before the start, but once I dove in it washed away.
“I do feel like I did my best,” he said. “But I know that I have more to give.”
Auld is not finished with swimming just yet. He competes with his club team, the Bison, in the club state meet this weekend.

Yukon’s Millerette swim team was named the class 6A Academic State Championship Saturday at the class 6A State Swimming Championships. In the front row from left are: YHS athletic director Mike Clark, YHS head coach Bruce Clifton, Zoe Besabe, Sydney Cummings, Lynlee Cummings, Jordan Raley, Jozzlynne Sale and assistant coach Debbie Boswell. In the back row are: Madison Manning, Hannah Rich and Abigail Palmer. Not pictured, but whos grades figured in were Chelsea Fuston and Amanda Toney. The team had a 3.98 gpa. (Submitted Photo)

The Millers also had three other individual events they competed in. Aydan Howard qualified for two of the events. He finished 23rd in both the 500-yard freestyle in 5:29.75 and in the 100-yard breastroke in 1:12.88.
Berg also competed in the 200-yard individual medley and finished 20th in a time of 2:22.99.
Auld’s medals weren’t the only hardware that YHS came home with. The Millerettes came home with some hardware in the form of the Class 6A State Academic chammpionship.
The team compiled a 3.98 grade point average. The 10 Millerettes who comprised the gpa included Zoe Besabe, Sydney Cummings, Lynlee Cummings, Jordan Raley, Jozzlynne Sale, Madison Manning, Hannah Rich, Abigail Palmer, Chelsea Fuston and Amanda Toney.
“I was excited for Isaiah and the girls,” YHS head coach Bruce Clifton said. I was glad Aydan, Clayton and Farris had the experience. They didn’t medal, but they were there and that is a big deal in itself.
“They all three will be back next year and Aydan has two years and Clayton three more,” he said. “We also have Logan (McIntyre) coming back, so we have a good core coming back.
“Isaiah finished about where he was seeded and our relay finished higher than they were seeded. We did finish 14th out of 26 schools.”
The Millers finished with 40 points. Jenks won the state title with 394 points, Bartlesville was second with 249 and Norman North third with 221.