February 23rd, 2019

Sacred Heart Claims 7th Consecutive Swim Title

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer


Sacred Heart Claims 7th Consecutive Swim Title
Annabel Crush wins the 100 Back/ photo by Samantha Stallings

Sacred Heart Academy shattered their point total from last year by 47.5 points to win the Pannell Swim Shop/ Kentucky High School Association Swimming and Diving Championships.

The Valkyries scored 568 points to win their 30th title and 7th consecutive title. This is the second most consecutive titles in SHA history, behind 11 straight from 1978-88, with three of those years having Olympic gold medalist Mary T Meagher on the team.

“It’s an amazing feeling! These girls competed so hard and it was a great team effort. We had some team goals and they did a phenomenal job this morning putting themselves in a great situation,” said Head Coach Jim Luebbe. “Today was just an extraordinary day, this evening they came back really staying consistent and solid all the way through the meet.”

Rounding out the top five was Dixie Heights with 139 points, DuPont Manual with 117 points, Louisville Collegiate with 114 points, and Assumption High School with 105.5 points.

Sacred Heart started the meet off with a win in the 200 Medley Relay that was led by Annabel Crush, followed by Claire Donan, Emily Lenihan, and Allison Bauer.

Crush went on to capture two individual titles ( 200 IM and 100 back) as well as helping the Valkyries get another relay win in the 400 Free Relay. The 400 Free Relay just missed the state record set in 2014 by SHA.

“It feels good. Just being a part of the state championship team is really exciting,” said Crush. “Last year I just won the one and this year it was so exciting to get two.”

There were only two events that a Louisville swimmer did not claim an individual victory, the 200 free and the 500 free.  The Valkyries won six of the 11 swim events.

Christian Academy’s Gabi Albiero broke her own state record set last year in the 50 free, swimming a 22.63 this year.

Assumption’s Ella Welch brought home the individual title for the 100 free with the time of 49.94, missing the state record by .15.

The Outstanding Meet Competitor went to Albiero and the Coach of the Year award went to Assumption’s Rick Stewart.

 

 

 

 

 

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