Alex and Taylor swam for Loveland High School at the Southwest District Championship meet this last weekend. They swam at Miami University which is one of the best facilities around where they were swimming against some of the best swimmers in the state. The Southwest District is the most competitive district in the state.  The top 4 swimmers are automatic state qualifiers plus there are 11 at-large qualifiers from all 4 districts for a total of 24 State qualifiers per event.

100 Butterfly:

Taylor started things off swimming the 100 Butterfly. Now, I wasn’t sure how she was going to do, since she went to a dance the night before and left the house for the meet with icy hot on her legs and ice on her knees.  She came into the meet seeded 10th, so she was swimming in the 2nd to last heat.  She swam strong and was 2nd in the heat after the last turn.  She was closing fast on the leader coming in the last 10 yards and nearly caught her.  She finished 2nd in the heat with a 58.54.  Good enough for 8th overall,  a Personal Best time, and less than a second off a Junior National cut.  Top 8 receive a medal and a trip to the award podium.  Check out the video to see Taylor crush her PB time and receive her medal.

100 Fly VIDEO: High Quality [CLICK HERE], Low Resolution [CLICK HERE]

100 Freestyle:

The next event was the 100 Free with Taylor seeded 27th and Alex seeded 5th, so Taylor swam in the 1st heat.  She swam another Personal Best time 54.98 to finish 28th overall. Alex was swimming in the last heat against all the powerhouse swimmers.  This was her 1st ever start at districts in the final heat.  They announce each swimmer and any district and/or state results they have had previously, so it can be intimidating to hear other swimmers announced as previous champions and other accomplishments.  Alex was not daunted though and swam a Personal Best time of 52.85!  That is nearly 3 seconds faster than her PB from just a few weeks ago.  That was good enough for 7th and a trip to podium and State seeded 15th.  This was the 1st  time ever making the podium at Districts and qualifying for State in an individual event.  It, also, is less than half a second off a Junior National cut.

100 Free VIDEO- Taylor: High Quality [CLICK HERE], Low Resolution [CLICK HERE]

100 Free VIDEO- Alex: High Quality [CLICK HERE], Low Resolution [CLICK HERE]

200 Free Relay:

Next up – Alex and Taylor swimming together in the 200 Freestyle Relay.  They would swim in the same order with the same swimmers as they did last week at Sectionals. Alex led off with a fast 50 split -24.59 which is a Personal Best 50Free (to put that in perspective it is 2/10ths of a second off a Junior National Cut and the Loveland School record) putting them in 4th.  Taylor held the position with a 25.36. Dani gave up some ground with her sister going in 6th.  Sammi managed to make up some ground to finish 5th.  The relay swam a 1:39.86 setting a NEW Loveland School record by 2 seconds and earning a trip to State.

200 Free Relay VIDEO: High Quality [CLICK HERE], Low Resolution [CLICK HERE]

100 Backstroke:

Alex was up right afterward in the 100 Back.  Now, she came in seeded 2nd, but we know there were a few powerhouse girls who did not swim close to PB times at Sectionals. Still with Alex starting in the middle lane you could see the nerves as they announced the swimmers.  She got off to a fast start, but after the 1st 50 you could see some of the girls in the outer lanes assert their speed.  Still Alex swam a Personal Best time of 59.23 to finish 7th earning another trip to the awards podium and a spot at State seeded 15th. She is close to a Junior National cut which is 58.59.

100 Back VIDEO- Alex: High Quality [CLICK HERE], Low Resolution [CLICK HERE]

400 Free Relay:

The last event for the girls was the 400 Free Relay.  Once again the Dschaak girls were teamed up swimming the last two legs. Alex went in with the relay in 7th.  While it wasn’t her fastest 100 Free split (53.80), it was good enough to get the team into 6th place.  Taylor swam the anchor leg and delivered one of her fastest 50 splits (54.68), but was just out touched at the finish with the team placing 7th.  Their 3:38.36 time earned them another State qualification, a trip to the podium, and a NEW Loveland School record.

400 Free Relay VIDEO: High Quality [CLICK HERE], Low Resolution [CLICK HERE]

Alex brought home 4 medals: 7th – 100 Free, 8th – 100 Back, 5th – 200 Free Relay, and 7th – 400 Free Relay and will be swimming all four at State.

Alex brought home 3 medals: 8th – 100 Fly, 5th – 200 Free Relay, and 7th – 400 Free Relay and will be swimming all three at State.


Alex and Taylor swam in the Ohio Southwest District Sectional Meet at Mason (Feb. 13) for Loveland High School. The qualifiers advance to the District Meet on Feb. 20. The Sectional Meets for the SW District are swam at 4 different sites. The top 2 swimmers from each site automatically qualify for Districts plus 26 at large qualifiers (based on time) for a field of 32 swimmers per event at Districts. For Relays there are 16 at large relays in addition to the 2 automatic qualifiers per site for a total of 24 per relay event. Alex and Taylor competed at the Mason site which was the most competitive by far of the four sites.

The first event for Taylor was the 100 Butterfly.  She was seeded 14th, so she was swimming the 2nd to last heat.  Her seed time was from her fastest high school time this season (1:01.81), but went under a minute last year at age group Junior Olympics (State).  She got off to a good start and had solid lead over all the girls near her.  She was in Lane 7 and a girl in Lane 2 was leading slightly, but I am sure she could not see her.  She continued to swim strong the 2nd 50 yards and finished 2nd in her heat with a 1:00.87.  Her best time of the season.  That placed her 8th at the Mason site and she goes to Districts seeded 10th overall.

100 Fly Video: High Quality [CLICK HERE], Low Resolution [CLICK HERE]

The next event was the 100 Freestyle which both Alex and Taylor were swimming. Taylor was seeded 19th and Alex 13th.  That put Taylor in the the 3rd to last heat and Alex in the 2nd to last.

Taylor talking to Coach Mike before her 100 Free swim.

The 100 Free was Taylor’s last individual event.  Taylor got off to a good start and led the 1st 75 yards.  Her last turn was not the best and two of the girls were dead even with her coming out of the turn.  She swam strong to the finish. She finished her heat 3rd.  One girl beat her by 1/100th of a second! Her 56.12 time was not a personal best, but was her best of the high school season. She finished 16th at the Mason site and is seeded 27th for Districts.

100 Free VIDEO- Taylor: High Quality [CLICK HERE], Low Resolution [CLICK HERE]

Alex swam next.  She was swimming in Lane 2 as one of the slower seeded girls in her heat.  She came off the blocks and immediately grabbed the lead. After the 1st 25 she already had a solid lead which she continued to build the next two laps.  She made the last turn with a full body length lead over the next girl which she held all the way to the finish.  She destroyed her previous personal best time of 55.65 with a  time of 53.78!  She won her heat, finished 4th at the Mason site, and is seeded 5th at Districts. It was one awesome swim and a heck of a way to start the meet for her.

100 Free VIDEO- Alex: I apologize for the quality for this video upfront.  Alex was swimming in lane 2 which was partial obstructed and I moved during the 1st 25 so there is some jerkiness to the video.  High Quality [CLICK HERE], Low Resolution [CLICK HERE]

Alex talking to Coach Dan Ketchum after her 100 Free swim

After the 100 Freestyle the girls were swimming together on the 200 Free Relay team.  We called this relay the “sister act” as Alex and Taylor were leading off and Dani and Sammi Wheeler were swimming 3rd and 4th legs respectively. Alex lead off with a 25.02 split (a personal best in the 50 Free!) and gave the girls a slight lead.  Taylor was in the water next and it was a three way tie by the time she broke out from her start. When she hit the wall the team was in 3rd and Dani dropped back to 4th.  Sammi swam a 25.04 to hold 4th place.  The relay goes to Districts seeded 7th.

200 Free Relay VIDEO: High Quality [CLICK HERE], Low Resolution [CLICK HERE]

The 100 Backstroke was next with Alex swimming her last individual event.  She was seeded 3rd.  Swimming next to two very fast swimmers.  She got off to a great start and it was pretty much a 3 way race by the 1st turn.  Alex stayed strong the entire race and finished 2nd with a Personal Best time of 59.92!  This her 1st time breaking the 1 minute mark which she has been trying to do for the last two years, so this was a huge accomplishment. She goes to Districts seeded 2nd!

100 Back VIDEO- Alex: High Quality [CLICK HERE], Low Resolution [CLICK HERE] if you want to download videos and not use You Tube.

Taylor swimming freestyle.

The final event was the 400 Free Relay with Alex and Taylor again swimming together on the relay.  This time they were anchoring it with Alex swimming the 3rd leg and Taylor swimming the final leg.  Personally, I would next have Alex swim lead off as she is motivated to swim fast swimming towards the end either chasing to catch people or trying to hold a lead. Well, she went into the water 5th and a body length behind 4th.  She was attacking from the start and after her 1st 50 she had caught the 3rd and 4th place girls. By the time she finished her 100 she had nearly caught 2nd place with her very fast 53.42 split (another Personal Best). Taylor entered the water in 3rd and swimming against the other teams best girls. She swam a solid 55.80 split to hold on to 4th overall. The relays goes to Districts seeded 5th swimming a 1:38.

400 Free Relay VIDEO: High Quality [CLICK HERE], Low Resolution [CLICK HERE]

Both girls had good meets. Taylor continued to swim best times of the season.  She did not break out her speed suit as she is saving that for Districts and State.  Alex had a great meet with multiple best times and breaking through some serious time barriers: under a minute in the 100 Back, under 54 in the 100 Free (which was a Sectional cut).  She has now swam Sectional (USA Swimming Sectional) qualifying times in three different events this season.) She swam some awesome splits in her relays, too.  Districts should be fun.


Alex and Taylor swam in the FAVC (Fort Ancient Valley Conference) Championship swim meet for Loveland High School last night.  This was rescheduled due to weather. Unfortunately, the postponement forced a venue change.  The meet was supposed to be at Miami University, which has one of the best swim facilities in the Cincinnati area.  With the reschedule each division of the conference competed in separate pools at different local high schools.  Loveland competed in the Buckeye division at Milford High School. There were two downsides to this.  The facility is not nearly as nice (the Miami University pool is considered a “fast pool”). Plus you want to be swimming in the pool with all the top competition, but now some of them would be swimming at different sites.

First up was Taylor swimming in the 200 Freestyle.  She had only swam this event once during the high school season. She swam it in a 2:05.27 time then.  She swam the 2nd best time in her life to finish 2nd overall as she was going against one of the best swimmers in the state.

Alex swam next in the 50 Free for her 1st event of the night. She was seeded 1st with another girl having the same seed time.  She had a decent swim, but her turn wasn’t the best.  She finished 2nd overall.

Taylor’s next event was the 100 Butterfly.  She was seeded 2nd in this event. She was 2nd most of the race with Elizabeth swimming on her right leading for the 1st 75. After the last turn Laurin swimming on her left was right there with her and the lead was still held by Elizabeth, but it was very close between all 3 of them.  When they reached the flags it was nearly three way tie, but Elizabeth still had a slight lead on Taylor.  Taylor finished strong without breathing inside the flags (each of the other girls took a breath) to get the win making her the FAVC Buckeye division champion!

The next event was the 200 Free Relay with Alex and Taylor swimming together. Alex led off with a 25.72 to give the team a lead after the 1st leg.  Taylor was 2nd and she built on the lead with a 26.32.  The relay ended up winning by over a second earning another FAVC Buckeye division championship!

Alex swam the 100 Backstroke next for her final individual event.  She was going up against power house Julia Comodeca. She hung close the 1st 75, but a bad turn on the last turn which cost he. Julia pulled away down the last 25. Alex finished 2nd overall with a 1:02.42 which is the 2nd fastest time she has swam this season.

Watch the video of her swim: 100 Back [CLICK HERE]

The final event of the night was the 400 Free Relay.  This team Alex was swimming the 3rd leg and Taylor was swimming the anchor leg. When Alex took off she was a full body length behind.  By time she broke out she had closed a lot of the gap and when she came out of the 1st turn she already had the lead and she just kept building in the swimming a 55.30 split.  Taylor swam a 56.44 split to hold the lead.  Another FAVC Buckeye division championship for Alex, Taylor, and the Loveland girls beating the field handily.

Overall a good conference championship meet. Alex and Taylor earned two FAVC Buckeye division championships swimming together on two relays.  Individually they chalked up three 2nd place and one championship swims. Not a bad day for the Dschaak girls.

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