Last night Loveland High School swimmers competed in the conference championship swim meet. Alex & Taylor swam in 2 relays and 2 individual events each. Alex was the FACV Champion in the 100 Backstroke!

200 Medley Relay

The night started off with the girls swimming in the 200 Medley Relay together. Alex led off in the backstroke leg and Taylor finished swimming the freestyle leg. Alex led of with a 28.89 split putting the team in a very close 2nd place (.01 seconds behind the leader).When Taylor entered the water the team was in 3rd. She swam a 25.59 split to hold 3rd place overall.

200 Freestyle

Taylor’s 1st event was the 200 Freestyle.  She was swimming in the final heat of six heats as the number 3 seed. She was in a 3 way battle for 3rd going into the last 10 yards. It was very close but the other two girls managed to get to the wall ahead of her and she finished 5th overall with a 2:02.20. That was her best time of the season as she had been consistently swimming in the 2:04 range.

50 Freestyle

Alex swam the 50 Free as her first individual event. She went into the event as the number 2 seed of 56 swimmers competing.  She swam a season best 24.83 and first time under 25 seconds this season for a 3rd place finish.

100 Freestyle

Taylor swam the 100 Free for her 2nd and last individual event (high school swimmers are limited to 2 individual events per meet).  She entered the event the #3 seed of 56 swimmers competing. She had not swam this event all season other than as a part of the 400 Free Relay where she was swimming 57 second splits.  She took 3rd with a 56.38 which was a good second faster than her previous relay swims and definitely her fastest of the season.

100 Backstroke

Alex was swimming the 100 Back for her final event.  This is not an event she had swam all the much. At the Southwest Classic she swam a 1:03 and did not qualify for finals. I know she said then that in practice she had not spent much time on backstroke, so her confidence and comfort in the event was not real high. Well, she got off to a good start and led from start.  Molly was close all the way into the finish. I was confident she had it, but I could hear a couple of people near me getting worried which made me get nervous. Alex won it with a 1:00.68 with her best time of the season earning her the FAVC Championship in the 100 Backstroke.

400 Free Relay

Final event of the night is the 400 Free Relay.  This time Taylor would be leading off and Alex would be swimming the anchor leg (the later the better since she had swam the 100 Back not all that long ago). Taylor had a great lead off leg with a 56.38 (same time as her 100 Free swim earlier) which had the relay in a virtual tie after the first 100.  Hailey swam next and built a slight lead with Kate (a freshman) following her. Kate gave up the lead and was about a full body length behind when she hit the wall.  This put Alex in the position of chasing.  Something that she does very well.  She closed the gap in the first 50 and was only slightly behind going into the final 50.  She could not close that final gap over the last 50 as she finished with a 54.00 split and 2nd overall. That was her best split of the season- a fulls 1.5 seconds faster than anything previously.


Recap of top swims for the Loveland High School swimmers at the Milford Invitational.

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