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The 2016 Kentucky High School State Championships proved to be an exciting event with the women of Sacred Heart Academy dominating the competition to take the state title with a total of 435 points. Notre Dame Academy finished second with 268, while Christian Academy Louisville was third with 218.
The meet started with a new national independent high school record in the 200 medley relay by Sacred Heart Academy. The relay team of Tonner DeBeer (25.76), Kennedy Lohman (27.97), Asia Seidt (24.07), and Brooke Bauer (22.81) posted a time of 1:40.61 to lower the former record of 1:40.73 set by Carondelet in 2011.
The records continued falling in the 200 free with Brooke Forde of Sacred Heart Academy lowering Sophie Skinner’s 2015 record of 1:47.61 by close to a second. Forde stopped the clock at a 1:46.76. Skinner finished second with a time of 1:48.15.
Seidt dashed to a sizzling 1:56.83 in the 200 IM, lowering her own state record of 1:58.53 from 2014. DM’s Zorry Mason grabbed second with a time of 2:01.70, while third went to NDA’s Madeleine Vonderhaar (2:03.33).
CAL’s Gabi Albiero set a new state record in the 50 free, turning in a final time of 22.80. Albiero’s time replaces Grace Oglesby’s 2015 record of 22.92. Bauer finished second with a 23.03, while Oglesby settled for third and a 23.39.
Ogles by turned in a final time of 53.64 to take home the state title in the 100 fly. Mason finished second with a 54.88, and PLD’s Madison Winstead took third with a 54.92.
Skinner and Bauer battled for first in the 100 free with a slim .05 seconds separating their final times. Skinner out-touched Bauer 50.13 to 50.18.
Forde outlasted the competition in the 500 free, grabbing first with a time of 4:48.76 to finish more than three seconds ahead of the competition.
Sacred Heart Academy pegged another state record in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:34.09. The relay team of Molly O’Hara (24.31), Lohman (23.20), Forde (23.61), and Bauer (22.97) replaced the former time of 2:34.46 set in 2015 by Sacred Heart Academy.
Seidt continued her record-breaking streak into the 100 back, again lowering her own state record from 2014. The senior from Sacred Heart Academy posted a final time of 52.89 to lower the record from it’s former 53.40.
Winstead turned in back-to-back state records in the 100 breaststroke first posting a 1:00.77 in prelims before lowering it to a 1:00.45 in finals.
Sacred Heart Academy closed the day with a win in the 400 free relay. The team of DeBeer (51.28), O’Hara (53.21), Forde (50.41), and Seidt (49.24) posted a combined time of 3:24.14.
The St. Xavier High School men took home the state title with a total of 361 points. Covington Catholic finished second overall with 317 points, while Louisville Collegiate School rounded out the top three with 173 points.
St. Xavier started on a high note with a new state record in the 200 medley relay. The relay team of Martin Nitzken (24.25), Keefer Barnum (25.32), Matt Steiden (22.51), and Clayton Forde (20.26) lowered St. Xavier’s own state record of 1:32.93 to a 1:32.34.
Brendan Meyer of CC finished first in the 200 free with a time of 1:38.45. St. Xavier’s Aldan Johnston was a close second with a time of 1:38.66.
LC’s Zach Hils neared the 200 IM record of 1:48.88, posting a final time of 1:49.93. Forde finished second with a time of 1:50.80, and LCOL’s Coley Sullivan was third with a 1:51.38.
Will Tarvestad of NOLD and Hunter Tapp of TRN kept it close in the 50 free, finishing .05 seconds apart. Tarvestad got his hand to the wall first to stop the clock at a 21.10 over Tapp’s 21.15.
CAL’s Nicolas Albiero flirted with the state record in the 100 fly, missing it by .53 seconds. Albiero stopped the clock at a 47.63 and was the only athlete under the 50-second mark.
Hils grabbed his second win of the meet in the 100 free, posting a final time of 45.63. Tarvestad took second with a time of 45.73, while CC’s Nick Smith was third with a 46.17.
Meyer continued his mid-distance prowess with a win in the 500 free of 4:26.55. Johnston grabbed second with a time of 4:31.27, just ahead of Forde and his time of 4:31.58.
CC’s 200 free relay team of Bryce Day (21.74), Smith (20.87), Evan McMillen (21.05), and Meyer (20.36) flirted with the state record, missing it by a slim .15 seconds. The team posted a combined time of 1:24.02.
Albiero grabbed his second individual win of the day in the 100 back, turning in a final time of 48.70. Sullivan finished second overall with a 50.71, while CC’s Blake Hanna was third with a 51.36.
St. Xavier’s Keefer Barnum posted a time of 55.31 to win the 100 breaststroke. In prelims the day before Barnum set the state record at a 54.69. Second in the event went to OC’s Michael Hampel (56.41), while SCT’s Ty Grubb was third with a 56.91.
CC dashed to a win in the 400 free relay, beating the competition by almost five seconds. The team of Day (47.55), Smith (47.47), Smith (45.94), and Meyer (45.42) turned in a final time of 3:06.38 for the win.