Alex had her first competition today.  She swam the 50 Free.  Her time was 24.70 which was a season best.   While that wasn’t quite her goal time she was OK with it as her foot slipped on the block at the start.  She finished 23rd overall after coming in seeded 31st.  That gives her the 2nd best time on the team this season and puts her on the top 10 (9th) for all time performers in Marshall team history.




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.

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