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The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will hold its swimming and diving state championships this weekend. The meet has some star power and significant depth in a number of events.
Stanford commit Brooke Forde is poised for two state titles. The Sacred Heart senior is the top seed in the 200 and 500 freestyles.
Christian Academy’s Nick Albiero is also ready to end his high school career on top. Albiero, who is headed to swim for his father at Louisville in the fall, is top seed in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
His sister Gabi stole headlines at this meet last year when she won the 50 freestyle in state record time as only an eighth grader. She returns to the meet as the event’s second seed this year. The freshman is also entered in the 100 butterfly.
Cov. Catholic’s Nick Smith enters the meet with a dominant lead in the 200 and 500 freestyles while Zach Hils of Lex. Catholic does the same in the 200 IM and 100 freestyle.
The girls’ 100 backstroke is a deep event, with the top 19 entrants seeded under a minute. Of those, the top three- Amanda Smith, Tonner DeBeer, and Katie Hampel fall between 56.10 and 56.42.
Notre Dame, Tates Creek, and Sacred Heart are poised to battle for all three girls’ relay titles. Lex. Catholic will be the relay team to beat on the boys’ side, entering with top seeded 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
Swimming prelims begin on Friday morning.
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