June 27th, 2012

LCS.com Year In Review: Girls Swimming

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer

LCS.com Year In Review: Girls Swimming
file photo by Sarah Menefee

SHA comes up just short at state championships

LouisvilleCatholicSports.com chronicles the 2011-2012 sports year in review. We will bring you every sport, every season, every team’s results in a capsule each weekday until we're finished. From Cross-Country to Softball and all sports in between, here’s what happened in 2011-2012 on the Louisville Catholic sports scene.

The Kentucky girls swimming state championship meet came down to the final event, the 400 yard freestyle relay, to determine a champion. And though that thrilling relay did not end up favorably for runners-up Sacred Heart Academy, they did manage to finish second overall just 9.5 points behind the duPont Manual team.

Here’s a look at the achievements of the two point-scoring teams at the 2011 Kentucky state swimming and diving meet:

Assumption – 13th place in state meet with 53.5 points

Two of the Rockets three relay teams finished in scoring position--9th in the 200 Medley and 13th in the 400 Free Relay--at the 2012 state meet. Those relays in addition to several solid swims in the individual events were enough to net Assumption 53.5 total points. The good news for the Assumption team is that their top scorers are all underclassmen.

Freshman Kristen Keifer took 11th place in the 100 backstroke in 59.52. Keifer also scored points in the 200 Individual Medley event finishing 15th in a time of 2:11.95.

Sophomore Rebecca Mueller was the Rockets’ top individual scorer as she finished 9th and 12th in her two events. Mueller clocked a 24.49 in the 50 Free which was good enough for 9th place. Her 59.95 in the 100 backstroke placed her 12th in that event.

Other swimmers contributing to Assumption’s 13th place finish were sophomore Sydney Carpenter (the 200 Medley and 400 Free relays) and freshman Natalie Laurence (200 Medley and 200 Free relays).

Sacred Heart Academy – State runners-up – 341.5 points

The Valkyries fell just short of recording their 24th state championship, but they pushed eventual state champs duPont Manual to the limit as the title was still up in the air in the final event of the meet, the 400 Free Relay. SHA took a third place in the relay and Manual finished first and that sealed the final score of the meet as the Lady Crimsons scored 351 to SHA’s 341.5.

Sacred Heart got off to a strong start winning the first event, the 200 Medley Relay, in an All-American time of 1:44.98. The foursome of sophomore Ashley LeClair, senior Miranda Mercke, freshman Victoria Horsman and sophomore Madison Lichtefeld were the second seed in the event, but pulled out the win in the finals.

In the 200 freestyle event, freshman Leah Stevens brought home the win for the Valkyries in 1:50.60. Senior Kelsey Buese finished 5th in the event in 1:54.21. Stevens finished 2nd in the 500 free in an All-American earning time of 4:50.00. Buese finished 4th in the 500 free in a time of 4:59.90. Stevens swam on the third place finishing 400 Free Relay and

Senior Mercke earned two firsts and two second place finishes in her last state meet. She took first in the 100 breastroke event and earned All-American status with that performance (1:03. 83). She finished 2nd in the 200 Individual Medley and added a 2nd place finish in the 200 Free Relay. Mercke swam the breastroke leg of the winning 200 Medley Relay.

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.”

LCS.com’s Sarah Menefee contributed to this story.


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