November 24th, 2012

Teams Helping Others at Dare to Care Invitational

Wayne Kraus

Staff Writer

Teams Helping Others at Dare to Care Invitational
Sacred Heart coach Jim Luebbe (far right) celebrates with his team after winning the Dare to Care Invitational on Saturday, November 24 at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center. / photo by Evan Kraus

Invitational benefits Dare to Care 

Sacred Heart Academy hosted their 4th Annual Dare to Care Invitational swim meet on Saturday afternoon at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center in Crescent Hill. Over 300 spectators saw the Valkyries claim the girls team title with a total of 376 points to runner up Christian Academy’s 253.5. Assumption placed third with 180.

On the boys side Trinity High School took top honors with a team score of 361. North Oldham placed second with 254, just two points ahead of third place finisher Christian Academy.

Sacred Heart donates a portion of the proceeds of the meet to Dare to Care, and teams and spectators were encouraged to bring canned goods which were collected upon entering the natatorium. Christian Academy received special recognition as the school that donated the most cans of food.

“We started this meet with the idea that we wanted to be able to give something back to the community,” said Sacred Heart head coach Jim Luebbe. “There are people in our city that can use a little extra assistance, especially at this time of the year.”

Both Sacred Heart and Trinity jumped out to an early lead by winning the first event, the 200 yard medley relay, and neither would give up that top position throughout the afternoon. The Valkyries were led by Brooke Bauer (first place in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle), Victoria Horsman (first place in the 50 and 100-yard butterfly) , and Kennedy Lohman (first place in the 50 and 100-yard breaststroke), while the Shamrocks were paced by Thomas Cooper’s first place finishes in the 50 and 100-yard butterfly events. Trinity senior captain Preston Schilling was second to his teammate in the 50-yard butterfly and claimed the top spot in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Sacred Heart won every individual event on the girls side, with Asia Seidt (100-yard backstroke) and Ashley LeClair (50-yard backstroke) also claiming top honors.

On the boys side Trinity’s Michael Gilligan and Chandler Lichtefeld, and Christian Academy’s Estefan Albiero each notched a first and a second place finish in individual events. The final event winner for the day was Trinity’s Mac Graven in the 50-yard backstroke.

The Sacred Heart Dare to Care Invitational falls on just the second weekend of the high school swimming season, which runs through the third weekend in February. The next philanthropic high school swim meet on the calendar is Trinity’s Girls’ Night Out which benefits breast cancer support and awareness. That is scheduled for December 14 at the University of Louisville.



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