February 25th, 2012

Manual Edges Out SHA At State Swim Meet

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Manual Edges Out SHA At State Swim Meet
photo by Sarah Menefee

Less than ten points separates first and second places

With each event counting tremendously at Ralph Wright Natatorium on Saturday afternoon, DuPont Manual and Sacred Heart Academy both fought until the final event to try to win the 2012 Pannell Swim Shop KHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

And with Manual’s anchor Sarah Love touch on the wall in the 400 Freestyle Relay, the Crimson swam away with the win 351-341.5 over SHA.

“I have an immense amount of pride in my Manual girls,” said duPont Manual’s Head Coach J.C. Barnett. “We had up and down races, but we knew it would come down to the last one.”

Other highlights of the day, according to Barnett, include Sarah Love’s first place finish in the 100 Freestyle (51.18) and second place finish in the 50 Freestyle (23.77). In addition, Barnett said he was also proud of Emily House’s second place 200 Freestyle (1:51.50).

“When we needed people to come through, they did,” said Barnett. “I cannot tell you the amount of respect I have for the Valkyries and the upmost respect for Coach Luebbe. He’s an old friend of mine. But, I’m too old for these types of close meets. We won by a half point win (over SHA) at regionals.”

While Manual showed strength overall, SHA showed dominance across the board.

Sacred Heart Senior Becca Corbett took victory on the diving board and broke the state record in 1 Meter Diving with a score of 509.30.

“That was a good feeling,” said Corbett. “I wanted to hit my dives the best that I could today. I was really nervous, but I got over it.”

Corbett, who will attend the University of Virginia next year, said she would take great memories with her from her experiences at SHA.

“I’m very close to the swimmers and we help one another stay focused,” said Corbett. “They (the swimmers) cheer for us on the sides.”

In addition, SHA had standout swims by senior Miranda Mercke (100 Breaststroke win, 1:03.83) and freshman Leah Stevens (200 Freestyle win, 1:50.60), along with 200 Medley Relay (1:44.98) and 200 Freestyle relay victories (1:36.76).

“Prelims was a little rough for me, but I felt a lot better today,” said Stevens. “I wasn’t expecting to do this well (in my races) my freshman year. SHA always has a great spirit, and it’s a great family.”

Other great events of the evening included Cooper’s Sharli Brady 200 Individual Medley win (2:02.36) and Notre Dame Academy’s Caitlyn Forman 100 Backstroke win (53.94).

With eleven events, duPont Manual took home wins in only two of the races, but the points added up to the ultimate team victory.

Said Barnett: “We never gave up, and we never surrendered. We had some bumps along the way, and adversities throughout the last year. Our win here today is only great because our opponent is great, and that’s Sacred Heart Academy.”

Check out the complete results of the meet here: http://www.khsaa.org/swimming/2012/12finalcompleteresults.pdf


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