By Mike Tupa
During last month’s American Energy swim meet, Addison Howze and Henry Gilbertson of the Phillips 66 Splash Club employed their golden strokes to capture two individual championships apiece.
Gilbertson, who competed in the boys eight-and-under division, cruised to first place in both the 100 butterfly (1:54.69) and the 200 freestyle (1:14.97). He also added a second-place finish (50 backstroke, :45.67) to his resume
Howze proved she knew how to compete in her age division (nine-year-old girls).
She burst to first in the girls 100 backstroke (1:29.19) and in the 50 butterfly (:44.43).
In all, Howze recorded eight top-eight finishes, including second place in the 100 freestyle (1:19.6).
Howze, Gilbertson and their Splash Club mateys went head-to-head against a star-studded field of 650 competitors — representing 21 teams — in Edmond.
The Splash Club warriors “turned in a wonderful meet,” said team head coach Chad Englehart.
Sam Conrad (10-year-old boys) contributed the Splash Club’s only other individual crown by outdistancing the field in the 500 freestyle (7:57.55). Conrad also captured runner-up honors in the 100 butterfly (1:38.47).
One other Splash Club stalwart brought home an individual second-place award — Morgan Moore (11-12 girls), in the 100 butterfly (1:12.63. Moore also finished third in the 200 individual medley (1:11.97) and in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.23).
The complete Splash Club results can be found in the scoreboard section on B2.