February 23rd, 2013

Valkyries win 24th state swim title

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Valkyries win 24th state swim title
Sacred Heart wins state title / photo by Conor Revell

Valkyries regain crown from Manual

It didn’t take long for the Sacred Heart swimming team to make a statement at Saturday’s Pannell Swimwear KHSAA State Meet at U of L’s Ralph B. Wright Natatorium.

Sacred Heart won the first two races, and at least one Valkyrie placed in the top three in every event  but one as head coach Jim Luebbe’s squad  finished with 441.5 points, well ahead of second-place Manual (284).

“I’m very proud,” Luebbe said. “We actually had eight girls finish in first place, which ties a school record. To win that many events is pretty extraordinary. “

Last year Manual edged the Valkyries for the title by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay in the final event, so that made this year’s crown that much sweeter.

In the opening event, freshmen Brooke Bauer, Kennedy Lohman, Asia Seidt and sophomore Victoria Horsman blew the completion out of the water in the 200 medley relay, winning by more than four seconds in 1:43.26.

“It felt really good to win the state championship this year,” Bauer said. “They were so close last year, which was the year I watched. It was really upsetting that they were that close to winning. But we’re all really excited about winning this year.”  

Opponents saw their dreams crushed when sophomore sensation Leah Stevens followed up by winning the 200 free by a whooping two seconds with a time of 1:48.35.

Stevens went on to win the 500 free, breaking her own record with a 4:43.38. She also swam legs on the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.

She won only one individual state title as a freshman, but this year Stevens won every event she was entered in and was named the KHSAA Most Outstanding Swimmer.

“We did awesome this year,” she said. “It was so much fun. We just got behind each other and supported each other. That makes us all do our very best. I’m very happy with my times and was every excited about doing my best.”

But Stevens wasn’t the only Valkyrie who won multiple events.

Besides swimming on the victorious 200 medley relay team, Lohman took the 100 breaststroke and placed fourth in the 200 individual medley.

“It’s amazing to win,” she said. “We got so close last year. This year we just blew it out of the water. Yeah, it’s pretty sweet. Teamwork. We stepped up as a team and got behind each other.”

Seidt added wins in the 100 backstroke and 400 freestyle relay.

As an eighth-grader at North Oldham last year, Seidt  bolted her way to the top five in the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle.

“I was definitely nervous, but with the support of my team it helped me a lot,” she said. “I am so happy to be on this team and so proud that we won today. Our whole point of this experience is to make memories and have fun. We did that.”    

With no seniors on this team, Sacred Heart might dominate girls’ swimming for a long while. And the Valkyries want to accomplish even bigger things before they part ways.

“Overall they did a nice job today,” Luebbe said. “I know there were a couple of records that they fell short of, but I know that will give them motivation for the coming years. Of course, Leah broke her own state record in the 500, which is extraordinary. It was a fantastic ending to a season. They worked hard.”

Team Results

  •  1. Sacred Heart Academy (441.5)  
  • 2. Manual (284)
  • 3. Notre Dame Academy (217.5)  
  • 4. Christian Academy Louisville (189)
  • 5. Paul Laurence Dunbar HS (160) 
  • 6. Beechwood (115)
  • 7. Ballard (97)  
  • 8. Elizabethtown (95)
  • 9. Bowling Green (81) 
  • 10. Lafayette (73)
  • 16. Assumption (37)

The top finishers:

200 medley relay

  • 1. Sacred Heart (1:43.26)
  • 2. Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1:47.89)     
  • 3. Christian Academy of Louisville (1:48.40)

200 freestyle

  • 1. Leah Stevens, Sacred Heart (1:48.35)
  • 2. Elizabeth House, Manual (1:50.34)
  • 3. Madison Litchtefield, Sacred Heart (1:51.76)

200 individual medley

  • 1. Sharli Brady, Cooper (2:01.75)
  • 2. Asia Seidt, Sacred Heart (2:02.97)
  • 3. Annie Davies, Beechwood (2:03.41)

50 freestyle

  • 1. Mackenzie Margroum, Notre Dame (23.62)
  • 2. Brooke Bauer, Sacred Heart (23.66)
  • 3. Sarah Love, Manual (23.92)


  • 1. Erin Duffey, Sacred Heart (455.65 ) (20) 
  • 2. Carly Hill, Highlands (447.30 ) (17)
  • 3 Kara Fredlock, Bryan Station (408.95) (16)

100 butterfly

  • 1. Hannah Magnuson, CAL (55.60)
  • 2. Maggie Patterson, Paris (56.87)
  • 3. Emma Skinner, Oldham County (57.31)

100 freestyle

  • 1.) Sarah Love, Manual (50.93)
  • 2.) Mackenzie Margroum, Notre Dame (51.15)
  • 3.) Brooke Bauer, Sacred Heart (51.21)

500 freestyle

  • 1. Leah Stevens, Sacred Heart (4:43.38-Record)
  • 2. Sharli Brady, Cooper (4:51.48)
  • 3. Elli Grimes, Manual (5:00.45

200 freestyle relay

  • 1. Sacred Heart (1:35.58)
  • 2.) Manual (1:38.69)
  • 3.) Notre Dame (1:38.77)

100 backstroke

  • 1.) Asia Seidt, Sacred Heart (time not available)
  • 2.) Hannah Magnuson, CAL (time not available)

100 breatstroke

  • 1.) Kennedy Lohman, Sacred Heart (1:02.17- Record)
  • 2.) Madison Winstead, Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1:03.52)
  • 3.) Maggie Patterson, Paris (1:03.88)

400 freestyle relay

  • 1.) Sacred Heart (3:27.66)
  • 2.) Manual (3:28.82)
  • 3.) CAL (3:31.05)

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