February 11th, 2012

St. Xavier Captures Regional Swimming Title

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

St. Xavier Captures Regional Swimming Title
photo by Sarah Menefee

Sacred Heart Academy falls one point short on girls' side

In a competitive afternoon at UofL's Ralph Wright Natatorium, defending swimming and diving state champions St. Xavier and Sacred Heart Academy found themselves in the heat of regional competition among 30 teams with only two weeks before the state championships.

While St. Xavier commanded a final score of 469 over Trinity High School’s 213, DuPont Manual High School found a way to beat the Valkyries 338 to 337.5.

“We swam well today,” said St. X head coach Todd Larkin. “Our number one goal was to advance and repeat as regional champs. We have adjustments to make and details to fix for state, but I think we’ll be faster in two weeks.”

Junior Robert Leasure led the Tigers with two individual wins in the 200 Individual Medley (1:53.90) and 500 Freestyle (4:34.17, a new Region Two record beating Clark Burckle’s 4:34.78 record from 2005).

“I did what I wanted to do, and I’m excited to get that 500 Freestyle record,” said Leasure. “As a team, we also did what we needed to do. We aren’t rested now, so I think we will swim a lot faster at state.”

St. Xavier had great wins as well by freshman Cole Buese in the 200 Free and 100 Fly, as well as a 100 Back win by senior Michael Scheid. Trinity found impressive victories as well led by sprinter Thomas Cooper.

DuPont Manual and SHA found a hard fight down to the last 400 Freestyle Relay where Manual finished first by a half point.

“We performed above and beyond expectations, and this meet gets us one step closer to state,” said Manual Head Coach J.C. Barnett. “Manual is a true team and today was a team effort. “We had three relay wins (200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay). Other highlights include Elizabeth House’s 200 Freestyle win (1:51.04) and Sarah Love’s 50 and 100 Freestyle (23.69 and 51.83).”

Yet even with Manual taking over the Region II victory today, the Valkyries fought hard with a few wins of their own.

“I’m so proud of how these girls fought today,” said SHA Head Coach Jim Luebbe. “They put their hearts and souls into the meet today. Swimming is a fun sport, and we came together as a team. The 500 Freestyle win (by Leah Stevens) was a highlight today, and Miranda Mercke swam well today as well.”

SHA Senior Miranda Mercke found her way to the wall first in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Breaststroke.

Said Mercke: “SHA did swim well, as did Manual. Today really got us more excited for state. We definitely had great team spirit, and we always support one another. We just want to keep the spirit going to get ready for state.”

Boys’ Top Five Teams

  • St. Xavier High School 469
  • Trinity High School 213
  • Ballard High School 150
  • DuPont Manual 97
  • Christian Academy 92

Girls’ Top Five Teams

  • DuPont Manual 338
  • Sacred Heart Academy 337.5
  • Christian Academy 163
  • North Oldham 111
  • Assumption High School 102

Complete results can be found on Sunday (Feb. 12) at: http://www.khsaa.org.


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