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All-City girls swimming: McGuinness' Hanna Newby established herself as one of greats during career

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Hanna Newby loves the journey.

That’s what makes leaving behind an illustrious high school swimming career at McGuinness High School so tough.

“This has been the best year by far,” Newby said.

Each year was pretty special for the senior in the pool.

She set Class 5A state meet records as a freshman. Broke them again as a sophomore and junior. She capped her career with another record and two more gold medals.

Newby is The Oklahoman’s All-City Swimmer of the Year for a third straight season, having established herself as one of the greats in state history.

“I’ve kept that up, I’ve been able to show up at meets, put everything on the line and work hard at practice,” Newby said.

When Newby started swimming around 11 years old, she never envisioned state records or a swimming scholarship to Auburn.

She made plans to one day become a lawyer. The journey to that would be grinding, but exciting.

But the 2016 Olympics sparked something else. Newby realized she had a shot at 2020.

“That would be exciting,” Newby said. “It’s not the be-all, end-all of my life or anything, but that’s definitely what I’ve been looking forward to since they came out with the qualifying times.”

Newby currently sits 0.05 seconds behind the qualifying time of the 200 breaststroke and 0.44 off the 100 breaststroke qualifying times for the Olympic Trials.

“I have Auburn next year if I don’t get it this year,” Newby said. “I’m going to work as hard as I can every day no matter what. If the time comes it’s a possibility for me is the Olympics, then I’ll take that opportunity.”

For now, she’s looked back on a stellar career few swimmers have claimed in state history.

She reset the record book, and she hopes that won’t be forgotten.

“I would like those records to stay there for a while,” Newby said. “That would be nice.”

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<strong>McGuinness senior Hanna Newby gives a thumbs up after swiming in the 200-yard individual medley in February. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</strong>

McGuinness senior Hanna Newby gives a thumbs up after swiming in the 200-yard individual medley in February. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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