This last weekend was the Ohio Southwest District Championship Meet. Here they are sporting the 7 medals they earned.

Saturday night they swam for Loveland High School in the 200 & 400 Freestyle Relays.  In the individual events Taylor swam in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly with Alex swimming the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke.  Top 4 in each event are guaranteed a spot at the State Meet. It gets a little complicated after that as each district gets a certain number of guaranteed slots (it varies by district).  At large qualifiers are then based on time to fill our 24 entries per event.

You will see both girls have “JC” on their arms.  They wore Jose Cerda’s initials to honor and remember their friend and Cincinnati Marlin teammate who died earlier this year.

Here is a recap of the swims in order of how they were swum at the meet. I apologize that the videos are occasionally obstructed as there were three rows of high school kids in front of me and they were not exactly considerate of when I was video taping.

200 Freestyle

Taylor swam in the 2nd to last heat coming in as the 16th seed. She went into the event wanting to break the 2 minute mark.  Well, she swam a lifetime best and shattered the 2 minute mark with a 1:57.65. A new Loveland High School record!  That placed her 4th in her heat and 15th overall.  While it was a great swim, it was not quite fast enough to qualify her for State.

100 Butterfly

After getting a break while the 200 IM was swam Taylor swam the 100 Butterfly. She was swimming in the 2nd to last heat as she came in to the meet as the 12th seed.  She swam a 1:01.66 at the Sectional meet which was off her personal best time of 58.54 and slower than the Sectional meet time from the previous year.  I really had no idea what to expect other than that she dropped almost 2 seconds between Sectionals and Districts last year.  She went out fast and led this one from start to finish, but being in the slower heat I wasn’t sure what her time was going to be.  Well, she crushed her heat and swam a lifetime best 57.93.  That was good enough for 6th overall and a trip to State as the 16th seed.

100 Freestyle

After a long wait, an hour and a half after the competition started it was time for Alex to swim the 100 Freestyle. She was swimming in the Championship heat as the #6 seed. In the last heat they announce each swimmer and their top accomplishments, which makes for even more time to wait to swim.  She wanted to go under 52 seconds and break the Loveland High School record, so all this time you could see she was nervous thinking about what she wanted to accomplish.  She went out and swam a lifetime best 52.70 and finished7th overall. That was good enough for a 15th seed at State.  Still I know she was not happy with the swim.  She did not achieve her goal.  The good thing is she will get another shot at it this weekend.

200 Free Relay

Alex and Taylor were swimming this relay together.  At the Sectional meet Alex was on this relay, but Taylor swam the 200 Medley Relay.  That meant they came in seeded 13th and were swimming in the 2nd to last hear.  For this meet Coach Ketchum had all his talent together, so expectations were for a much better placing. Alex led off (as she told Coach Ketchum she would after the Sectional Meet).  She went out fast and got the team a solid lead. Dani Wheeler held the lead followed by Taylor who built the lead some more before Hailey closed it out with convincing win of the heat.  Their time was good enough for 5th overall and a 13th seed at State.

100 Backstroke

Alex’s final individual event.  She went in seeded 9th after swimming a relatively slow swim at Sectionals – 1:02.08 after winning this event at FAVC Championship meet with a 1:00.78.  This put her in the 2nd to last heat.  I really had no expectation for how she would swim this event other than she swam a lifetime best in the 100 Free and her 24.36 split in the 200 Free Relay was faster than last week.  Well, no worries here.  She led from start to finish winning her heat in another lifetime best time of 58.20.  Good enough for 6th overall and a 12th seed at State.

400 Free Relay

Last but not least was the 400 Freestyle Relay.  They came in seeded 5th swimming the same four girls as at Sectionals.  This means they were swimming in the Championship heat with some of the fastest girls in the state.  They swam the same order as Sectionals as well.  Taylor lead off with a lifetime best 54.75.  Hailey was next with a 52.91.  Kate, a freshman, swam 3rd and turned in a split almost 2 seconds faster than last week.  Alex swam anchor and brought it home with a 52.70 split.  Their 3:35.58 time was good enough for 5th and shattered the Loveland High School record by 3 seconds!

 

Yesterday, Alex and Taylor swam for Loveland High School at the Southwest Ohio District’s Sectional Meet.  Sectional swimmers for Division 1 compete at three sites. Loveland High School was competing at the Mason site, which was the most competitive of the three sites.  The top two swimmers at each site automatically qualify for Districts in each event and then 26 additional swimmers qualify based on time for a minimum of 32 swimmers advancing to Districts.

For this meet Coach Ketchum split his talent amongst the three relays in order to ensure the girls would qualify all three relays for Districts. This meant Taylor swam the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Free Relay with Alex swimming the 200 and 400 Free Relays.  Additionally, Taylor would be swimming the 200 Free and 100 Fly for her individual events and Alex would swim the 100 Free and 100 Back. Alex’s events are somewhat challenging as the 100 Free is her 1st event near the middle of the order, so she swims four of the last six events. It goes like this: 100 Free (Alex), 500 Free, 200 Free Relay (Alex), 100 Back (Alex), 100 Breast, 400 Free Relay (Alex).

The recaps by event are in order of swim. Videos of each are posted.

200 Medley Relay

Taylor was swimming the freestyle leg of the.  She went in the water in 6th place and swam a 25.47 split to hold sixth. That was her fastest split of the season in a 50 Free leg on a relay. The 200 Medley Relay advanced to Districts and is seeded 13th.

200 Freestyle

Taylor was seeded the 6th seed swimming in the final of seven heats. She swam a lifetime best 2:00.99 to finish 6th.  The 4th and 5th place girls beat her by least than a tenth of a second.  They were in lanes on the other side of the pool, so they weren’t close enough to be racing. She qualified for Districts seeded 16th.

Taylor gets a fast start. Look how much she has already moved compared to the other girls.

100 Butterfly

Next event for Taylor was the 100 Butterfly. She came in seeded 3rd.  While she swam a season best 1:01.66, it was only good enough for 9th. Still good enough to qualify her for Districts seeded 12th.

100 Freestyle

Alex finally got to swim her 1st event an hour and a half after the competition started. Alex came in as the #2 seed based on her time from State last year. She had a season best swim with a 54.49 to finish 4th and qualify as the 6th seed for Districts. She has set a goal for this event to drop time from a year ago.  She will be fully tapered and ready to go at Districts next week to go after her goal.

200 Free Relay

Alex swam the anchor leg of the 200 Free relay.  She swam a 25.02 split. She entered the water too far behind to make up any positions and too far ahead of the other girls to be pushes, so it was not her fastest split of the season.  They finished 6th and qualified for Districts as the 13th seed.

100 Backstroke

Immediately following the 200 Free Relay was the 100 Back. In fact if you watch the video you can hear them call for the 100 Back swimmers while Alex is still in the water.  She was the #3 seed swimming in the 7th heat. She went out in a 30.27 in her 1st 50, which is not fast She needs to go out in the closer to a 29 second split to get under a minute. She finished 4th with a 1:02.08.  She went a 1:00.78 when she won FAVC meet, so it was not her best swim of the season. Still she qualified for Districts seeded 9th.

Alex with two of the girls she just swam against in the 100 Back.  Fierce competitors in the water, but still friends out of the water.

400 Free Relay

Last but not least was was the 400 Free Relay. Taylor was leading off and Alex was swimming the anchor leg. Taylor had a solid start with a 56.77 split.  Only a little slower than her 56.38 at FAVC meet. That put them in 4th after the 1st 100.  The 3rd leg came inslightly behind 3rd place Turpin.  Alexquickly passed the Turpin swimmer in the 1st 25 yard to move Loveland to 3rd.  She held that all the way until the last turn.  She was in a dead heat with the Turpin swimmer all the way down the stretch, but was out touched to take 4th by 1/10 of a second. She swam a 54.79 split which wasn’t quite as fast as her 54.00 split at FAVC meet.  Considering they came in seeded 6th a 4th place finish was a nice result.  They qualified for Districts seeded 5th.

Alex starting the anchor leg even with Turpin swimmer.

It was close the entire final 100 Free with a damn close finish.

Alex after the race with Hailey.

 

Here’s the picture collage Tanya made to display at Senior Night.

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