The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 15, 2013

Pacers break medley relay record mark

Enid News and Eagle

JENKS, Okla. —  Enid’s girls continued their tradition of breaking school records at the state swimming championships in qualifying Friday.

The Pacers’ quartet of Sara Nazari, Hunter McEachern, Whitney Livesay and Ashley Valdez broke the two-year old 200 medley relay record with a 1:56.77, which gave them the No. 4 seed for today’s finals.

Nazari, McEachern and Livesay had teamed with Megan Holthoff to set the old record of 1:56.77 at the state meet two years ago.

“I’m really glad to see that record fall,’’ said Enid coach Ginny Shipley. “I look for us to take some more time off again tomorrow.’’

The same quartet qualified fourth in the 200 free relay.

Nazari qualified second in the 200 individual medley (2:13.74) and fourth in the 100 back. McEachern qualified third in the 50 free (25.07) and fifth in the 100 breast (2:09.30).

Shipley said Nazari and McEachern should each have a shot to win or place very high.

“Everyone is pretty bunched up there,’’ she said.

Livesay qualified for two consolation finals — ninth, 200 IM in a personal best 2:21.58 and 15th, 100 butterfly, 1:04.51. Valdez was 16th in the 200 IM (2:34.01, personal best), joining Livesay in the consolation finals.

Christie McMeans was 15th in the 50 free (27.46) and teamed with Destiny Turner, Alyssa Shearer and Hanna Esquibel to qualify 16th in the girls 400 free relay.

Gabe Sanchez, for the Plainsmen, qualified for the consolation finals in two individual events and two relays.

Sanchez was 15th in the 100 free (51.15) and 14th in the 100 back. He teamed with Jeremy Crise, Michael Johnson and Charley Laws to qualify 16th in the 200 medley relay (1:54.88) and 15th in the 200 free relay.

“It’s exciting to see these kids get to come back,’’ Shipley said. “Some kids swam very well today. Some of the kids were not happy with their times. I look for us to take some more time off today.’’