February 10th, 2013

Sacred Heart and St. Xavier Dominate Regionals

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Sacred Heart and St. Xavier Dominate Regionals
A trio of Sacred Heart swimmers ready for the start / photo by Conor Revell

St. X, SHA lap the field at Region 2 swim meet

The Sacred Heart Academy Valkyries and the St. Xavier Tigers were runaway winners at the Region 2 swim meet Saturday afternoon. Sterling performances were turned in by several swimmners including SHA's Leah Stevens, Trinity's Thomas Cooper and the entire St. X team.

Girls Region 2 Re-cap

Sacred Heart Academy cruised to a victory in the Region 2 swim meet Saturday afternoon at the Ralph B. Wright Natatorium scoring 590 points.

SHA swimmer Leah Stevens shattered the 500 yard freestyle record by more than two seconds with a 4:46:15 clocking.

She broke former Valkyries swimmer Caroline Burckle’s record that was set in 2004. Burckle clocked a 4:48:74 in the state meet when she broke the record.

Not only did Stevens set a record, a group of three freshmen broke the 200 medley relay record by two seconds in the first race of the afternoon.

The Valkyries will move onto the state meet in two weeks.  

Assumption finished in fourth with 220 points.

Team Results

  1. Sacred Heart (590)
  2. Manual (363)
  3. CAL (276)
  4. Assumption (220)
  5. Ballard (204)


St. Xavier won another Region 2 swim title by scoring 504 points at the Ralph B. Wright Natatorium Saturday afternoon, setting them up for a 25th straight state title.

“I think in the relay that those guys decided to go for it,” St. Xavier head coach Todd Larkin said. “They look better. We look a lot better than we did yesterday. So I’m really pleased that they’re flipping the switch like a candlestick. We’re one of the more experienced teams in the field. I think we have the ability to do that. I’m glad to see them doing that.”

Trinity second place score of 240 qualified the Shamrocks for the state meet in two weeks.

“Our goal right now is to do the best we can to get ready for state,” Trinity head coach Kelly Horrell said. “We have some really good swimmers especially Thomas Cooper and we’re trying to get ready for state. That’s where we’re at right now.”

Trinity’s Cooper set a record in the 200 freestyle (1:38.94) and the 100 butterfly (50.55).

“Thomas Cooper has been phenomenal,” Horrell said. “He has a regional record with a 1:38. He had a little bit of a rough year and he’s getting right back into shape right now. This is the best race he has had in a long time. It came at a perfect time.”

But despite Cooper’s accomplishments, St. X stole the show and were much the best team at the regional meet. 

“I really want to them to start gaining that mental edge,” St. Xavier head coach Todd Larkin said. “I want them to race hard, want them to swim fast; I want them to be mentally sharp. That’s where we need to be right now. Obviously, we want some more rest and we will be faster in a couple of weeks. I just want them to stay sharp.”

In two weeks, the Tiger will go for their 25th straight state title.

“We really need to work on our details,” Larkin said. “I want to see them rest. We do want their legs to recuperate a little bit. This is the time of year that we swim fast. We’ve had a great season, I really like the way they look and the way they’re shaping up for this month.”

Team Results

  1. St. Xavier (575.5)
  2. Trinity (314)
  3. Ballard (250)
  4. Manual (248)
  5. CAL (156)


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