The Pony Express

Girls JV swim and dive team goes for another dual meet record

The girls junior varsity swim and dive team getting ready for their next meet. Practice is full of hard work and dedication.

Alexis Brainard, Online editor

October 20, 2019

“I think we got through the tough part of the conference. We got four months left, but they are more in the middle to the lower half of the conference but I feel confident,” girls junior varsity coach Brian Luke said. The girls junior varsity swim and dive team holds the state record for the most consecuti...

Luke’s swim team legacy breaks records

Ponies swimming 500 freestyle at White Bear invitational at St. Kate's. Winning the meet by 149.5 points.

Grace Sneden, Buisness Editor

September 27, 2019

Swim coach Brian Luke’s legacy is record breaking. He gets the girls swimming and diving team to be the strongest it can be. His father, Elmer Luke's legacy is also record breaking, because of this Luke started coaching when he was only 22 years old. The legacy between him and his father has gone ...

Blind swimmer promotes new perspective on life

Blind swimmer promotes new perspective on life

Jack Seipel, Social Media Editor

May 18, 2018

The swim and dive team has become a household name since 1975, the year Brian Luke took over as head coach.  Since 1991, the Ponies have won 14 section titles and 20 conference titles.  Given their decorative history, the Ponies have learned to preach teamwork and the idea that the best swimmer has ...

Boys swim team, high aspirations for strong season

Boys swim team, high aspirations for strong season

Will Gleason, Photography Editor

January 6, 2018

The boys swimming season is underway, and the boys are looking for success as usual.  So far there has only been a single conference relay race, which is not a huge deal to the team, but the swimmers are still swimming exceptionally well and are looking forward to a great season. The boys swim and di...

Girls swim their way to another great season

Members of the swim and dive team compete in the section meet on Nov. 10 as fans and teammates cheer them on.

Jake Caywood, In Studio Camera Editor

November 13, 2016

The girls swim and dive team has reigned supreme for the past 13 years and this year was no different. The girls went 8-0 in SEC and 9-0 on the season and look to continue their dominance at the section meets on Nov. 10-12. The girls won their 14th straight conference title and completed anot...

Girls swim and dive team prepares for True Team sections

A girl's swim and dive team member jumps into the pool at SJHS. “It’s exciting and really cold,” Junior Emily Weiss says about the moment you hit the water during the beginning of a race.

Noah Ness, Read and Watch Field Reporter

October 13, 2016

When head coach Brian Luke and the rest of the Stillwater girls swim and dive team go into a duel conference meet, they are expected to win. This is not very surprising, given the success the team had over the past few years. With the team's victory over East Ridge at East Ridge High School on Sept. 22, their conference winning streak was extended to 115 consecutive meets. The Ponies (4-0 SEC,...

Girls Swimming winning streak keeps getting higher

This is a plaque that both swimming teams fundraised to do in honor of him, girls swimming captain Madeline Gilbert explains his impact on her

Alex Ehde, Social Media Reporter

September 18, 2016

The Stillwater girls swim and dive team has broken the state record for most dual wins. This team is unstoppable, but winning isn't the only thing they are focused on. The girls swim and dive team have not lost a dual meet since 2003. They have a total of 127 consecutive wins and are still pushing...

Making a splash in the record books

The girls swim and dive team worked hard to get 125 consecutive wins.

Sam Hudachek, In-Studio Producer

October 15, 2015

As the Ponies roared ahead in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay, Brian Luke, the head coach of the girls swim and dive team, looked up into the stands and saw dozens of people holding signs and cheering his name. At first, he was a little confused, but he looked closer at the signs and they all h...

Girls swim and dive team breaks dual meet record

Swimmers are neck in neck as they push towards the final lap.

Grace Donner, Photographer

October 4, 2015

Screaming, cheering and the splashing of water; that is what it sounded like when the girls swim and dive team tied the record for most dual meets won in a row. The team has had a streak since 2003 and on Sept. 10 they reached a total of 124 dual meets won in a row. Which tied the previous record set by the current coach's father. The team typically competes in around 18 me...

Luke continues coaching after 40 years

Abby Kunze, Copy Editor

September 25, 2014

Day after day of writing numbers and the occasional word on a chalkboard doesn't bore him. Day after day of listening to arms slap the water and feet stir up waves doesn't get old. Boys and girls Swim and Dive head coach, Brian Luke, has done this for 40 years. In that time, he has coached both teams...

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