The Pony Express

Thomas Watry prepares for U.S. Paralympics team

Junior Thomas Watry gets ready to swim at a competition in Texas. Watry swam in multiple national competitions held across the country, including North Dakota, Virginia and Oklahoma.

Drew Jurek, Graphics Editor

January 12, 2020

It was 2014 when junior Thomas Watry went to his first national competition in Richmond, Va. It was a relatively small meet in comparison to future competitions he would take part in; however, the experience was overwhelming for him. It was his first tournament on an international level, with no parents...

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...

Ciana Fragnito takes hold of All-State title

Photo Courtesy of Angie Kranz-This photo was taken at true team state and Ciana is seen swimming the breaststroke trying to go for the win.

Alex Ehde, Social Media Reporter

January 4, 2017

Junior Ciana Fragnito grabs the all-state honorable mention on Nov. 18 for the Stillwater girls Varsity Swim and Dive. She finished 8th at the class AA meet, earning the all-state award. Fragnito has been swimming her whole life starting out competitively in 4th grade and starting high school i...

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...

Classon shows off skills for swim team

Photo Courtesy By Angie Kranz - “I really enjoy the team, and how it feels more like another family than just a team

Ryan Shepherd, Graphic Cartoonist

November 5, 2016

Peyton Classon first year swimming making huge impacts Sophomore Peyton Classon is a member of the swim and dive team. This is her first year diving and she is already one of the best divers on the team. The swim and dive team has been one of the best teams in state winning more than 130 straight...

Coach Elmer Luke honored with bench dedication

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

Austin Dowdall, Social Media Editor

February 23, 2016

Elmer Luke was loved by the students he has coached over the years. He was very persistent with what he did, and showed up to swimming events almost every day. Both the girls and the boys swimming team came together after the heartbreaking death of their former coach, Elmer Luke, on Dec. 3, to ho...

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...

Girls swim and dive nearing its final showdown

Katelyn Weisbrod

November 27, 2013

Weeks, months and years of harsh and intense training come down to one 100th of a second. One less breath or a couple more kicks can be the difference between a state champion and the runner-up. A poor entry with a little too much splash can cost points that are vital to the team. These are the thin...

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