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Swimmer Cody Cox named December RAOTM
Cody Cox was named recently as Newcastle High School’s Racer Athlete of the Month. In-season coaches are asked each month to nominate one student-athlete to be recognized as “Racer Athlete of the Month.” It doesn’t have to be the star of any team. It can be the player who made the “big play” or someone who never sees the playing field but works hard on a daily basis.
Cox competes in swimming and, although Newcastle doesn’t have an entire “team” per se, the 6-foot-1 junior certainly has brought home enough medals to outfit an entire roster of strokers.
Andrew Meacham is Cox’s coach at Newcastle. There are only three total swimmers from Newcastle. The other two are sisters – senior Karima Solomon and her younger sister Laila, a junior. Together, the three Racer swimmers (along with Bridge Creek and Noble athletes) have a co-op arrangement with the Norman schools (Norman and Norman North) that allows them to compete.
“Cody is a great kid and he’s from a great family,” said Meacham, who is also an assistant football coach at Newcastle. “I had his older brother Brady in class and coached him in football a couple of years ago. They’re both similar – just really great kids. Both are involved in church and they’re great students. Cody himself takes some AP classes, I believe.
“When you’re a swimmer, you are more concerned about your times rather than placing. At the state meets, you’re going to be up against kids from bigger schools like Norman, Moore and Jenks who have great swim programs. That’s how you want to measure yourself and he gets great times and, of course, is placing pretty well.
“He’s really good in the short distances. We co-op with the Norman schools and they try to teach him new strokes and how to excel at those. Right now, he’s really good in the freestyle and backstroke. I think Cody and both girls all have a chance to go to state this year in February.”
Cox, 16, has been swimming since he was three years old in Conroe, Texas. He maintains a 3.8 grade point average, is on the National Honor Roll, and is involved with several activities with the Newcastle First Baptist Church.
“I’m just really grateful,” Cox said of being recognized as the RAOTM. “A lot of people don’t appreciate swimming and a lot of people don’t do it. I’m just happy to be recognized because swimmers work so hard. We co-op with the Norman schools and practice with them every day and we go to the meets with them, too.
“We are listed as Newcastle swimmers and when regionals or state competitions come around, we get bumped down to 5A because Norman schools are 6A. Newcastle is 4A in the other sports but there are no swimming teams in 4A so we have to be classified as 5A.”
Cox is good friends with Caleb Freeman, the Newcastle student/athlete who was critically injured in a car crash on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 19, as he and his younger brother, Clayton, were driving to attend an OU Sooner basketball game at Lloyd Noble Arena. The accident happened at Highway 9 and I-35 in Goldsby as they were merging onto the interstate and crashed into a semi –trailer truck.
As Cox spoke for this story, he was at the hospital visiting Caleb and his family. “You just have to make the most of every moment in your life,” Cox said. “Just have faith in God and believe that He’s good. He’s in control, most definitely. Never take a moment for granted. Always love those closest to you. I’m just praying for Caleb and his family right now.”