Louis Hunt Smashes 16 Year Old Diving Record at Kentucky High School State Championships

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By Taylor Brien, Swimming World College Intern

LOUISVILLE–Covington Catholic’s Louis Hunt smashed a 16 year old diving record in Saturday’s Kentucky high school state championships.

Sacred Heart Academy swept the competition on the girls side finishing the meet with a whopping 486 points. Notre Dame Academy finished second overall with 271, while duPont Manual claimed third with 152.

Sacred Heart opened the meet with a record-breaking 200 medley relay. The team of Tonner DeBeer, Kennedy Lohman, Asia Seidt and Brooke Bauer broke their own record of 1:41.45 from last year with a 1:40.74. They finished a full five seconds ahead of the second place team.

Notre Dame’s Sophie Skinner dashed to a new record in the 200 free. The freshman succeeded in lowering Abbie Fish’s 2008 record of 1:47.73 to a 1:47.61. Fish’s record was the oldest standing record on the girls side. Leah Stevens of Sacred Heart was close behind with a 1:48.34.

Records continued falling as Grace Oglesby of North Oldham became the first girl to swim under 23 in the 50 free. The junior swam a 22.92 to replace Brooke Bauer’s 2014 state record of 23.14.

Oglesby by success continued in the 100 fly as she succeeded in lowering her own 2014 record of 53.45. She first lowered it to a 52.14 in prelims before a posting a 51.75 finish in finals.

Skinner also succeeded in taking down the second oldest record on the books, Krissie Brandenburg’s 100 free record of 50.26 from 2009. Skinner claimed gold with a 49.79 almost two seconds ahead of the competition.

Sacred Heart’s Bauer, Lohman, Molly O’hara and Stevens swam to another new record in the 200 free relay finishing with a quick 1:34.46. Notre Dame (1:35.05) took second, while duPont Manual grabbed third with 1:36.87.

Sacred Heart’s Kennedy Lohman succeeded in lowering her 2014 100 breaststroke record of 1:01.29 to 1:01.23. Madison Winstead of Paul Dunbar was close behind with a 1:01.65, while Notre Dame’s Madeleine Vonderhaar was third with 1:02.65.

On the men’s side it was St. Xavier who claimed gold with a grand total of 449.5 points. Covington Catholic were second with 335 and Louisville Collegiate claimed third with 152 points.

The St. Xavier and Covington Catholic 200 medley relay teams dashed to a close record-breaking finish but it was the St. Xavier men who won out. JD Mundt, Keefer Barnum, Hayward Harrison and Matthew McDermott finished in 1:32.93 lowering St Xavier’s 2013 record of 1:33.26. Covington Catholic’s Brendan Meyer, Mike Summe, Robbie Newman and Evan McMillen touched close behind in 1:33.15.

Ballard’s Branson Smith raced to a swift first place finish in the 50 free touching with a time of 21.18. St. Xavier’s Mundt (21.60) and McDermott (21.66) took second and third.

Louis Hunt of Covington Catholic succeeded in breaking a 16 year record in the 1-meter diving. Hunt scored a whopping 569.40 to take down Phillip Jones 1999 record of 552.70.

Nicolas Albiero of Christian Academy and Hayward Harrison of St. Xavier raced to a quick finish in the 100 fly but it was Albiero who won out. After swimming almost evenly for the entire race Albiero managed to out-touch Harrison by .03 to finish with a 49.46.

Covington Catholic and St. Xavier raced to another close finish in the 400 free relay to end the meet with record-breaking swims. Both teams managed to break Covington Catholic’s 2013 record of 3:06.59 but it was Covington Catholic’s Todd Sheets, Robbie Newman, Brendan Meyer and Mike Summe who won out touching in 3:05.72. St Xavier’s Harrison, Trey Hubbuch, Trent Schulman and Clayton Forde finished close behind with a 3:05.80.

2015 Kentucky High School State Championships – Results