April 16th, 2021

Valkyries Win Swim Region; Trinity Finishes Second


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Valkyries Win Swim Region; Trinity Finishes Second
photo by Samantha Stallings

 Let's get this out of the way first. It's no surprise Sacred Heart is racing toward another girls swimming State Championship. The Valkyries easily won its Region at Blairwood Tennis, Swim, and Fitness Club pool, Friday. 


In a boys regional, Trinity had a solid day but finished second, Friday at Blairwood pool.


SHA will try for its 32nd state title and ninth in a row easily beat second place Assumption 533-343. Mercy Academy was tied for sixth with Kentucky Country Day with 155 1/2 points.

The Valkyries as usual have depth as they displayed in the regional.


SHA's Caroline Pape won the 200 yard freestyle in 1:50.31. Assumption's Eden Humphrey was second in a time of 1:51.68. The Valkyries Mackenzie Lanning finished third in a time of 1:53.32 and Meredith Bauer was fifth in 1:56.71.

Sacred Heart had the top two finishers in the 200 yard IM. Annabel Crush won in 2:00.45 while Carlie Tyler was second in 2:08.20. Crush also won the 100 backstroke in 54.00 while SHA's Madeline Meredith was second, 55.03. 


Assumption's Drew Penick was fourth, 2:10.81 in the 200 IM while Madelyn Sadowski of SHA was sixth in 2:12.50.

Assumption's Ella Welch won the 50 yard freestyle in 22.7 while the Valkyries' Brinly Hardy was second in 24.14 and Chloe McDonald fifth, 24.50.


Sacred Heart flexed its strength in the 100 yard fly with Madeline Meredith winning in 54.77. Chloe McDonald was second, 55.68 and Hardy, third in 56.13. Assumption's Ava Fears was fourth in 58.08.


In the 100 yard freestyle Assumption's Welch was the winner in 49.27 while SHA's Pape was second in 51.81. The Valkyries Cross Harper was sixth in 54.37.


"It's been a really hard year," said Pape. "I'm really proud of all the girls here. They've worked hard. They've put in the effort through countless obstacles. Things in their path. All while battling online school and being good students.”


"I'm just happy they were able to come out here, swim win and just have fun," said Pape.


Assumption's Eden Humphrey won the 500 yard freestyle in 4:58.98. SHA's Lanning was second in 5:01.51, Carlie Tyler was third in 5:02.60 and Meredith Bauer was fourth in 5:07.46. The Rockets Penick was fifth in 5:09.23.


In the team swimming events the Valkyries won the 200 yard Medley Relay in the time of 1:46.41. Assumption was third with a time of 1:48.73 and Mercy was sixth with a 1:57.45.


The 200 yard free relay team won by SHA in 1:35.74. Assumption was fourth in 1:42.44. The 400 free relay went to SHA in a time of 3:27.24. Assumption was second, 3:34.46.


"It is an unusual season, here we are in the middle of April," said SHA coach Jim Luebbe. "High school swimming going on this late is unusual. But the kids that got the opportunity to swim is probably the most important thing. I'm sure they are grateful.

"The girls made the most of it. There was some good swimming tonight," said Luebbe. "We're happy about that."



Trinity in finishing as the runner up had 397 points while winning Eastern High had 425. Trinity had four champions, two second place finishes and one third. 


Caleb Mullikin had a winning time of 1:44.84 in the 200 yd Free. Teammate Trent Kolter was second with a time of 1:48.39. Mullikin also was third in the 100 yard free with a time of 47.92.


In the 200 yard IM Christopher Schuering had a winning time of 1:54.40. He also won the 100 yard fly with a clocking of 50.83.


In the 400 yard freestyle relay Trinity had a wining time of 3:22.07 while Collegiate was second in a time of 3:24.12.

Christian Academy won the 200 yard free relay with a time of 1:34.36 Trinity was second finishing in 1:38.83.


The Shamrocks had a fourth place finisher in the 500 yard freestyle in Max Buchanan in a time of 5:49.29. A close fifth was teammate William Kelly in 5:50.81.


The Rocks Trent Kolter won the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 52.13. Trinity's Hayden Kennedy had a time of 1:02.94.

The post season regionals are setup this way. The first two places in the event  automatically qualify for the state. The other 12 spots get an at large bid if their times qualify.

The state meet is divided up into three semi states with the Louisville area teams competing next Saturday, April 24 at Blairwood. 


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