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Piedmont Swimming shines at conference meet

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Members of the Piedmont Lady Wildcat relay swim team pose on the medal stand after receiving their medals in the 200-yard medley relay event Monday night at Harrah High School. Team members from left to right, top row Darien Kohpay, Holly Organ. Front row, Mikayla Lunsford, Kasey Rein. This same team would also claim third place in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the Suburban Conference swim meet.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Records we are told are meant to be broken.

And that’s exactly what members of the Piedmont swim team did Monday night at Harrah High School at the Suburban Conference swim meet.

Conner St. John, Kasey Rein and the Piedmont boys relay team combined to smash several conference records, as the Piedmont Wildcats claimed second as a team on the boys side, while the Lady Wildcats finished in fifth place overall.

It was Kasey though who stole the show in her final Suburban Conference meet, as she claimed new conference records in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.01) and the 100 yard backstroke event (1:01.46). With her two new records set she tied the all-time mark for total records with five which is also held by Chickasha’s Isaac McKnight.

“It was just a feeling of instant gratification on both records for me,” Rein said about her accomplishment. “I’m so happy that I was able to do this in my final conference meet. I had such a great time with my team this year as compared to previous years.”

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Piedmont’s Mikayla Lunsford swims during an event Monday night at Harrah High School during the Suburban Conference Swim meet. Lunsford and the rest of the Lady Wildcat swimmers combined to finish fifth overall in the competition, with the Wildcats claiming second in the conference. Piedmont will be back in the water Friday afternoon for the Mid-Del meet which will take place from Rose State College in Oklahoma City.

Kasey also tasted success on the girls relay team in the meet as well as Mikayla Lunsford, Holly Organ and Darien Kohpay all combined to win second place in the 200-yard medley relay and third place in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Conner St. John, who was voted the MVP for the boy’s side of the meet, also claimed several conference records of his own in the meet.

First, he set a new conference record in the 200 individual medley event with a time of 1:58.92 just under the previous time of 1:58.97, before going back into the water and smashing his own conference record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.89 seconds.

Conner, along with his brother Tyler and Jarrod and Justin Rein also combined to set a new conference record in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:31.89, breaking the previous record set by Harrah in 2012.

Tyler St. John also finished first in the 100-yard freestyle event with a time of 51.53.

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