I have posted videos of Taylor’s swims. You can see them by going to the post “Taylor competes at Ohio Short Course JO Champs”. Go to the recaps of each event and you will see “VIDEO” in brackets. You then can click on either “Prelims” and/or “Finals” to see the video. You can right click on those as well as “Save link as” to save the video file to your computer. Note- This are rather large files (50 – 80 meg) so they may take some time to download depending on your connection.

You can see a recap of Taylor’s results: CLICK HERE for PDF


Taylor swam for the Cincinnati Marlins at the Ohio 2009 Short Course Junior Olympic Championships (aka State) Mar. 13 – 15.  The meet was held at Bowling Green State University.

In case you didn’t notice Taylor isn’t wearing her cap (either that or her last name has changed).  One of her teammate’s dad passed away Saturday night and all the kids were wearing his cap as a way of showing their support since he was not able to attend the last day of the meet.  I thought it was a pretty cool way to show their respect and support as he was worried that he was letting them down by not being there for them on the last day.

Here you can see Taylor demonstrate a nice tight streamline on her start.

Taylor swam in the following individual events:

  • 100 Fly (Fri) [VIDEO: Prelim, Final]: She swam in the prelims seeded 5th, so with the circle seeding she was swimming next to the #2 seed.  Her prelim swim of 59.86 was her 1st time ever under one minute, a new PB time and SECTIONAL CUT, and made champ finals seeded 6th.  Her finals in under a minute again with a 59.94 and placed 6th overall.
  • 500 Free (Fri) [VIDEO: Final]: The 500 Free was a timed finals (so only one swim) with the top 8 swimming their heat in the Finals session.  Taylor said she felt like she was going to throw up and was surprised she didn’t go even slower.  She finished 11th and and only a second off her PB time.
  • 50 Free (Sat) [VIDEO: Final]: This was her only individual event in prelims.  Taylor has never been a sprinter, but lately she has been dropping time in the 50 and 100 Free. She swam a PB time of 25.83.  While a PB time it wasn’t good enough to make finals and she finished 23rd overall. She had come into the event seeded 31st.
  • 400 IM (Sat)[VIDEO: Final]: The 400IM was another timed final event with the top 16 seeds swimming at Finals.  She came in seeded 9th.  She had a good swim with another PB time– 4:47.19 and finished 15th overall.

  • 100 Free (Sun) [VIDEO: Final]: Taylor came into the meet seeded 21st in the 100 Free.  She swam her prelim swim in 56.45 which wasn’t quite a PB.  She finished 23rd overall.
  • 200 Fly (Sun) [VIDEO: Prelim, Final]: This is the event Taylor was seeded highest in coming into the meet. In prelims she swam in 2:12.86 and qualified for Champ Finals 4th.  She swam 2:12.51 which was faster than her prelim time and put her 4th overall.  An interesting note here is that she was the only swimmer in Finals that was not wearing a $400+ fast suit.  The fast suit she was wearing was a few years old and still she finished 4th.
  • 1650 Free (Sun): This is a timed final event.  The top 8 swim in Finals, but have the option to swim in Prelims.  Taylor chose to swim in Prelims, so she could focus on the 200 Fly for Finals.  This was only the 2nd time swimming the 1650 Free competitively.  She swam it in 17:59.60 which was a PR time– a 26 second drop and a NEW SECTIONAL cut.  The funny thing is she doesn’t like this event and swore she would not get the Sectional cut, because she didn’t want to have to swim it at Sectionals. She finished 6th overall.

Plus she swam on the Cincinnati Marlins 13-14 Girls “A” relay in the following events:

  • 800 Free Relay (Fri) [VIDEO: Final]:  Taylor swam the anchor leg.  She entered the water several lengths behind the team in the next lane.  By swimming the fastest 200 Free of her life (2:00.30, which is nearly 3 seconds faster than she has ever swam a 200 Free) she not only caught, but passed and beat that girl by a couple of body lengths.  That moved the relay up to 9th overall with a time of 8:13.67 which was a 10 second drop from their seed time.
  • 400 Medley Relay (Sat) [VIDEO: Final]: The Marlins “A” relay was seeded 7th, so they swam in the Finals heat (top 8 relays swam at Finals).   Taylor swam the 100 Fly leg in 1:00.24, which would have been a PB time before Friday).  All the girls had great swims.  Their 4:06.73 was 3 seconds fasted than their seed time and a SECTIONAL CUT! They finished 5th overall.
  • 200 Free Relay (Sat) [VIDEO: Final]: The Marlins “A” relay was seeded 12th overall, so they swam in Prelims.  Taylor swam the anchor leg in a 25.65 (a PB split).  The relay crushed everybody in their heat and moved up to 7th overall.
  • 200 Medley Relay (Sun) [VIDEO: Final]: The Marlins “A” relay came into the event seeded 14th, so they swam in the slower heat.  Taylor swam the 50 Fly leg in 27.32 (another PB split).  All the girls swam great… again.  They won their heat and ended up finishing 6th overall dropping 5 seconds from their seed time.
  • 400 Free Relay (Sun) [VIDEO: Final]: The Marlins “A” relay came into the event seeded 11th, so they swam in the slower heat.  Taylor swam the anchor leg in 56.26 (her 2nd fastest time ever). Taylor ran down and passed the girl next to her to move the team up another spot. All the girls swam great… again.  They ended up finishing 8th overall dropping 3 seconds from their seed time.

Here’s Taylor over taking and passing the girl to win their heat.

You can see a recap of Taylor’s results: CLICK HERE for PDF

I will post videos of her swims but it is getting late.  I should be able to get the videos posted next weekend.  Check back to see some of her swims.


Alex had her school end of season awards the other night. Some highlights of the awards:

  • FAVC Champion 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay
  • FAVC All Conference 1st Team: 100 Back, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay
  • FAVC All Conference 2nd Team: 50 Free
  • FAVC All Conference Academic Award
  • STATE qualifier: 200 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay – finished 19th & 23rd respectively
  • Loveland Varsity Letter

Alex now holds three school records for Loveland High School:

  • 200 Free Relay
  • 200 Medley Relay
  • 400 Free Relay


Alex arrived in Canton with her team ready to compete in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay.  There was a sold out crowd there to watch the prelim session.

200 Medley Relay:

The first event was the 200 Medley Relay.  Alex was swimming the lead off leg- backstroke.  She swam her leg in 28.95, which wasn’t her fastest but kept her run of sub 29’s going.  She had not gone under 29 in her 50 split before Sectionals.  The team went 1:52.12 which was slightly slower than there time from Districts.  They ended up 19th in prelims, so they did not get to swim in finals (top 16 go to finals).

Alex explodes off the blocks for her backstroke start.

LHS 2009 State Medley Relay Results

400 Free Relay:

The last event of the night was the 400 Free Relay.  Alex was swimming lead off again.  She swam her leg in 55.85 just a little off her 55.65 from Districts. The team swam the relay in 3:44.75, which was over 3 seconds slower than their District swim.  They finished 23rd overall.

Unfortunately they did not make finals, but they did get two relays to State this year. Since none of the girls on the State relay graduate this year, they look to make another run next year.  Plus Taylor will join the team and should make them even stronger.

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