July 10th, 2017

Year in review: Girls' swimming

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Year in review: Girls' swimming
The Valkyries won their fifth straight state title / file photo by Eric Thorne

 The Louisville Catholic Sports Network chronicles the 2016-17 sports year in review. We will bring you every sport, every season, and every team’s season ending results in a capsule until we're finished. Today, we look back at the girls’ swim season.


The Rockets came in third place at the Region Five Meet and finished with 236 points.

Molly Beaven, Madison Fischer, Emily Lewantowicz, and Summer Stevens (220 yard medley relay), Lilly Able (diving), Molly Beaven, Kristina Knop, Avery Boeckmann, and Summer Stevens (200 freestyle relay), and Molly Beaven, Sophie Ritzenthaler, Avery Boeckmann, and Emily Lewantowicz (400 yard freestyle relay) placed in the top four in at least the top four in their respective events.


The Jaguars came in 10th place at the Region Five Meet and finished with 44 points.


The Toppers finished in third place at the Fourth Region Meet with 229 points. Addison Childs, Rylee Childs, Leah Vogt, and Fernanda Scharfenberger (200 yard medley relay), Rylee Childs, Sydney Self, Addison Childs, and Leah Vogt (200 yard freestyle relay), Kayleigh Domhoff, Caroline Moss,           Fernanda Scharfenberger, and Helene Senn (400 freestyle relay) recorded at least a top three finish or better.

Sacred Heart

It was business as usual for the Valkyries swim program as they won their fifth straight state title and 28th in school history.

Paying homage to Louisville legend Muhammad Ali the theme for the Sacred Heart swim team for the KHSAA Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday night was a variation on the champ's famous quote: "Float like a butterfly; swim like a Valkyrie."

“Every year we try and come up with a theme for regionals and state and with his passing this year the girls thought they would draw from his confidence and strength,” Sacred Heart coach Jim Luebbe said.

Senior Brooke Forde stole the show and won four state titles, two individual state titles, and two relay titles.

Tonner DeBeer, Forde, Claire Donan and Allison Bauer claimed the 200-yard medley relay in 1:45.28.

Forde followed that up by defending her title in the 200-yard freestyle by setting a state record in 1:45.03.

DeBeer, a junior, won the 100-yard butterfly finishing in 53.02 seconds.

Forde, was back in the pool for the 500-yard freestyle and bested her state record time winning easily in 4:39.87.

DeBeer continued her strong day winning the 100-yard backstroke in 53.94.

DeBeer, Sophia Miller, Bauer and Forde outdueled Notre Dame by .85 seconds and nearly broke the state record set by SHA last year to win the 400 relay.

“All my teammates stepped up to make that a great last race for me and told me they were going to win it for me and that meant so much. I couldn’t let them down when I stepped up on the blocks for the anchor leg,” Forde said. “This chapter in my swimming life is one that I’ll never forget and it’s kind of bittersweet it has to end. I’m proud to be part of such an incredible Sacred Heart legacy.”



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