The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 10, 2014

Seniors to be recognized at EHS home swim finale

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid’s swimming team will recognize its seven seniors when the Pacers and Plainsmen host Ponca City at 5 tonight at the Denny Price Family YMCA.

Sara Nazari and Hunter McEachern, two of the most decorated swimmers in Pacer history, will  swim in their final home meet as well as Gabe Sanchez, Christie McMeans, Michael Johnson, Destiny Turner and Charley Laws.

“Hunter and Sara were state champions as freshmen, so we knew they would be awesome swimmers,’’ said Enid coach Ginny Shipley.

 “We knew Gabe would be outstanding because of his history with the (YMCA) Water Rockets. The other kids came out because they were looking  for a sport to do. Because they were so focused, they developed into good swimmers.’’

The seven will do the traditional 50-yard freestyle on a waterboard while holding an American flag during the national anthem.

McMeans, Johnson and Turner, members of the school choir, normally sing the national anthem before meets.

The seven,along with their parents, will be recognized after the 50-meter freestyle. They will receive a gift from the booster club.

“This has been a great class,’’ Shipley said. “They all have contributed so much to the program.’’

Ponca City “is a lot like us,’’ Shipley said.

“They probably have more numbers, but ability wise they are pretty comparable to us,’’ she said.