February 12th, 2011
SHA, St. X Swim & Dive Take Region
Coaches and Teams Prepare the Way to State
Sacred Heart Academy and St. Xavier swimmers swam their way to victories for the 2011 KHSAA Region Two Championships this afternoon at Mary T. Meagher Natatorium.
SHA finished with 370 points over duPont Manual High School’s 341 points, while St. X finished with a convincing 430.5 points over second place finisher and rival Trinity High School with 217.5 points.
“The girls swam with enthusiasm and desire,” said SHA Head Coach Jim Luebbe. “The seniors stepped up and led by example. Elly Faulkner and Summer Stephens, our seniors, are the leaders.”
Stephens showed her leadership in the pool with two individual wins in the 200 Individual Medley (2:03.36) and 100 Butterfly (55.90). She was a member of the winning 200 Medley Relay, as well as the 400 Freestyle Relay, which placed second after duPont Manual High School.
“Today, my swimming felt awesome,” said Stephens. “We came out with a great attitude, and we thought ‘this is our day'. Our theme was ‘Taking care of business’ and we need to keep up the great attitude for state. Regionals is a step to state.”
On the boys’ side, St. X Head Coach Todd Larkin says his team stepped up and raced well for the competition.
“We had two goals today,” said Larkin. “We wanted to defend the regional championship and advance (to state).”
Larkin added there were a few stand out swimmers and performances throughout the day.
“Andrew Braun, Michael Scheid and Eric Thompson had great days today, and I’m really proud of Rush Cromer’s 200 Freestyle. He really stepped up,” said Larkin.
Senior and co-captain Andrew Braun had an individual win in the 200 Individual Medley (1:56.55), a fourth place finish in the 100 Breaststroke (1:00.54) as well as victories on the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay.
“We weren’t rested for this meet,” said Braun. “For not being really prepared for the meet (not resting), we did well. There are a few things to fine tune for state. We need to work on the fundamentals, and I think the speed off of the starts and turns will come with rest. In the next two weeks, we need to work on our mental attitudes to get ready for state.”
In addition to a “W” in the water, Braun was awarded the Sportsmanship Award with Kentucky Country Day’s Sam Crockett on the boys’ side. On the girls’ side for the award, Mercy Academy’s Shelby Esterle and Male’s Sarah Tucker shared the honor.
“I got to share the award with my best friend, Sam. It’s really an honor,” said Braun.
In addition to strong swims by SHA and St. Xavier, Trinity found first place finishes when Thomas Cooper won the 50 and 100 Freestyles (21.67 and 47.80), as well as Hal Bomar’s win in the 1MTR Diving with 358.65 points.
While competition showed speed and depth in the water today, coaches realize total focus is needed for the big show in two weeks.
Said Luebbe: “It was a great effort today, but it isn’t over. We need to continue our focus and drive for state."
Swimville All-Region Teams include: Boys- Jake Schultz (Ballard); Andrew Braun, Eric Thompson, Michael Scheid (St. Xavier); Thomas Cooper, Hal Bomar, Nate Bond (Trinity); Connor Lohman, Sam Crockett (Kentucky Country Day); Brian Habacivich (Manual), Girls- Ashley LeClair, Summer Stephens, Becca Corbett, Kelsey Buese, Elly Faulkner, Miranda Mercke (Sacred Heart); Caroline Thomas, Sarah Love (Manual); Hannah Magnuson (Christian Academy).
For complete results, visit: http://www.khsaa.org/swimming/2011/11regiontworesults.htm