Spartan Boys Champs Again
After a heartbreaking runner-up finish two years ago and a strong showing in their first year in 6A, Bixby High School’s swimming boys are once again the kings of Class 5A, giving them their second title in the past four years.
The group of thirteen boys, including four freshmen, qualified for state and eleven made it to the final round last Saturday.
The win was extremely special to the six seniors, giving three of them, Robbie Anderson, Trevor Thompson and Josh Deibert, their second state ring.
Senior captain Deibert explained that “we [the senior boys] were cool-headed and confident” coming into the final day with a sizable lead and “we knew that all we needed to do was swim our best and we had a good feeling.”
Seniors Anderson, Thompson, Deibert, Karis Reavis, Dustin Weatherford and Tylen Wells have a special place in Bixby’s swimming history as the majority made state every year they swam for Bixby. Deibert calculated from coach Meadows’ practice log that the seniors had swam almost 1.3 million meters just in practices, the distance from Bixby to Cleveland, over their four years.
However, the team did face some trouble on Thursday night as the hotel they were supposed to stay at no longer had room for them. They were forced to switch hotels at 11:00 p.m., just nine hours before preliminaries began. Later that night, the boys began their ritual of shaving off all the hairs on their bodies.
After the win, they rewarded themselves with a dinner at Western Sizzler for the annual after-state feast. Deibert surmised the feeling as “honorable” and “a great way to end it” while adding that “Meadows was balling,” a fact that she did not refute.
The future of Bixby swimming remains bright with the seven returning state swimmers led by freshman Bryan Lee, who won the hundred backstroke and finished third in the two hundred Individual Medley. Deibert also left a lesson for his younger teammates: “Always keep a cool head, don’t get cocky. [Winning state] is a very honorable feeling.”