Ready for her date and the dance.

Taylor with Alex waiting for Brandon to arrive.

Taylor with the love of her life.

She’s a pro at the boutineer.


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


Today marks the official start of the season for Loveland High School’s Swim Team.  Alex and Taylor return after a very successful season last year. You can read about the expectations for the upcoming season in this Loveland Herald article: CLICK HERE

Here are Alex and Taylor with their medals from Districts (District swims qualify you for State) where they each made multiple trips to the award podium.

Alex returns for her senior year with goals to go out with her best season yet of high school swimming. After signing with Marshall University and being named a team captain she is ready for a great final season swimming for Loveland.  Highlights from last year include: 2-time All Conference 1st Team: 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, 2-time All Conference 2nd team: 50 Free, 100 Back, All Conference Academic Team, 4 time Ohio High School State Swimming Championship finalist: 15th in both individual events (100 back, 100 Free) , 11th in 200 Medley Relay, and 6th in 200 Free Relay.

Here is a video of her 100 Back swim at Sectionals that kicked off her run to State:

Alex went into Districts as the #2 seed in the 100 Back swimming in the Championship heat.  This was her 1st time ever swimming in Championship Heat at Districts.  There is a lot of pressure as the announce all the swimmers and their top performances.

Taylor returns for her sophomore season after a very successful freshman season. Last year she was playing soccer into early November and really wasn’t in the water regularly until the soccer season was over, so she should be in good shape to build on what was a successful season: 3-time All Conference 1st Team: 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, 100 Butterfly, 1-time All Conference 2nd Team 200 Free, All Conference Academic Team, 2 time State finalist (100 Fly – 14th, 200 Medley Relay – 6th).

One of the most exciting races of the season was the 100 Fly FAVC Championship swim where it was close as it gets for three swimmers at the finish.

They capped off the season swimming together on the 200 Freestyle Relay and Ohio High School State Championship where they finished 6th and made a trip to the award podium. It was a great swim and quite the experience to go to the podium and receive their medals from their gold medalist head coach Dan Ketchum.

It will be challenging to repeat that performance this season as one of their top swimmers graduated last year.  They will need someone to step and replace her.   Still I know both girls are looking forward to a great season and returning to State.

2010-2011 Meet schedule: CLICK HERE


Alex and Taylor were recognized for their swimming success by being names to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s High School All City Team.


Alex went to the Loveland High School Junior Prom tonight with Mitch.

They went as a large group and rented an Excursion limo for the entire gang.

Click HERE to see more and larger pictures in a photo album.

You can click on each picture in the album to see a larger version.  Once you click into the larger photo you can use the arrows in top right to go through each. If you click the arrow on the far right there it will show the pictures as a slide show.


This is a video of Alex competing for Loveland High School at the Ohio HS 2010 Southwest District Sectional meet to qualify for District championships. She was swimming at the Mason site.


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.


As part of homecoming week each class fields a powder puff football team. Last night the girls played each other to determine the championship class for 2009.  This is the 1st year Alex had played, so she was playing for the Juniors.  Last year her class won the championship.

Besides the girls playing powder puff, the boys played volleyball. Here the girls are cheering on the Junior boys.  Alex is in the middle at the top.  Unfortunately, the Junior boys got clobbered, so they were one and done.

The boys, also, performed the role of cheerleaders. Tanya and I thought they did they best job off all the classes.  They actually had some different cheers and routines and kept actively cheering throughout.

The girls played the Sophomores first. Alex was playing defensive back in the 8 v 8 format. Here Alex and the defense takes the field for the 1st time.

It was a defensive game that went to overtime with the score 0-0.  The Juniors scored a TD and 2 point conversion in their 1st possession.  The sophomores scored a questionable TD as Alex had touched the girl down well outside the end zone, but they didn’t score on the conversion attempt so the Juniors one.

The championship game saw the Juniors facing the Seniors who won their game against the Freshmen 40-0.  The Juniors weren’t having any of that in their game.  The 1st half ended 0-0.  Alex had a chance for glory when she had a good look at an interception, but she couldn’t hold on for the pick. The Seniors were clearly getting frustrated and made some questionable hits in what is supposed to be a touch football game.  They took out the Juniors best offensive player just as the Juniors were moving the ball close to the end zone.   Late in the game Alex was taken out by one of the Seniors injuring her knee.  She stayed in the game, but the Seniors ended up getting a TD and winning.


Monday was the FAVC Tack & Field Championships for Loveland Middle School.  Taylor ran three events: 4×100, 4×200, and 4×400.  She has pretty much been the relay girl all season.  Of course part of the fun is hanging out with your friends.

One of those friends is her boyfriend.

The 1st event was the 4×100 relay with Taylor leading off.  They took 2nd in this event.

Taylor after running her leg of the 4×400.  They won this event making Taylor a FAVC Champion!  She ended with with two 2nd’s and one 1st place finish.

Now her track season is over and swimming is cranking up.  Her 1st meet of the long course season is this weekend.


Taylor ran for Loveland Middle School track team at the Amelia Relays.  She ran the 4×100, 4×200, and 4×400 relays.

Taylor’s three relays swept the competition.  She brought home 3 more gold medals.

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