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Oklahoma HS swimming: Shawnee's Piper McNeil, Edmond North’s Ryan Healy earn All-America honors

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Shawnee swimmer Piper McNeil, Edmond North’s Ryan Healy named All-Americans 

Two high school swimmers from the Oklahoma City metro area recently received national recognition. 

Shawnee’s Piper McNeil and Edmond North’s Ryan Healy were named All-Americans by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.  

Both athletes are entering their senior years and plan to compete at the next level.  

McNeil, a Missouri commit, was selected as an All-American in the 100-yard backstroke after breaking the state record in the event with a time of 55.41 seconds at the Class 5A state meet.  

She’s on track to becoming the second girl in state history to be named an All-American during all four years of high school. Former Edmond Memorial standout Samantha Woodward became the first to do so as she was recognized from 2005-08.  

Healy, who recently committed to Michigan, is an All-American in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. He won Class 6A state titles in those races with times of 1:49.90 and 4:30.68, respectively.  

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Tulsa Union's Jayden Rowe won Class 6A state titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes during the track and field season. © SARAH PHIPPS, SARAH PHIPPS Tulsa Union's Jayden Rowe won Class 6A state titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes during the track and field season.

Tulsa Union’s Jayden Rowe named Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year

Tulsa Union’s Jayden Rowe was named the 2022 Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Wednesday. 

Rowe, an elite football prospect and OU signee, was the top sprinter in Class 6A this season. He won state titles in the 100-meter dash (10.60 seconds) and the 200 (21.09) and was also a member of Tulsa Union’s 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams that placed second with times of 41.58 and 1:26.99, respectively.  

At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Rowe’s large frame made him a unique sprinter at the high school level. 

Rowe, a defensive back in football, intends to compete in both sports for the Sooners. 

“Jayden stepped on the track this season with a mission — to leave as state champion in the 100 and the 200,” Tulsa Union coach Tim Dial said in a release. “He accomplished that goal with focus, work ethic and buying into the program we ran. I expect big things out of him in the coming years at OU, both on the football field and the track.”

Rowe is now a finalist for Gatorade’s national boys track and field athlete of the year award. The winner will be announced this month. 

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Broken Arrow's Payton Hinkle celebrates after winning the Class 6A cross country state title at Edmond Santa Fe on Oct. 30, 2021. © STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN Broken Arrow's Payton Hinkle celebrates after winning the Class 6A cross country state title at Edmond Santa Fe on Oct. 30, 2021.

Broken Arrow’s Payton Hinkle wins in girls division

Broken Arrow’s Payton Hinkle was named the 2022 Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Thursday. 

Hinkle, an Oklahoma State signee, had a historic senior track season this spring, becoming the first girl to win Class 6A state titles in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. 

She set the state record in the 1,600 as she finished in 4:49.24. She broke the Class 6A state meet mark in the 3,200 with a time of 10:35.29. Hinkle won the 800 in 2:09.47.  

Hinkle was dominant on the track, but she was equally impressive on the cross country trail throughout high school. She claimed three consecutive state titles in the sport and won the Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award twice.  

“Payton has been a great leader for us who has always stepped up to the challenge,” Broken Arrow assistant coach Aaron Partridge said in a release. “She’ll go down as one of the best distance runners to ever come from the state of Oklahoma.” 

Hinkle is the second Broken Arrow female athlete to win Gatorade’s girls track athlete of the year award. She joins Jessica Eldridge, who claimed the prize in 2002 and 2003.  

Hinkle is now a finalist for Gatorade’s national girls track athlete of the year award. The winner will be announced this month. 

Reporter Nick Sardis covers high school sports across the Oklahoma City metro and state. Have a story idea for Nick? He can be reached at nsardis@oklahoman.com or on Twitter at @nick_sardis. Support Nick’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at oklahoman.com/subscribe or by using the link at the top of this page.

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