Valkyries get the treasured 9th consecutive state championship; Assumption gets highest finish in school history

It is an unusual way to crown swimming state champions. But because of the coronavirus the Kentucky High School Athletic Association decided it was too dangerous to have the meet as one. So the state was divided into three sectionals and the times combined to decide the champions in each event.

While things were a bit different. Champions stayed the same. The domination continued.

St. Xavier easily out pointed second place Fort Thomas Highlands 497 to 167 1/2. It was St. X’s 32nd in a row and record 57th state title.

In the girls, Sacred Heart won its ninth straight and 32nd overall. The Valkyries finished with 407 1/2  while rival Assumption, was second with 173 points, their highest ever finish.

“The Assumption Swim & Dive team accomplished history this week by finishing runner up at the state meet. Words cannot describe how proud I am of the team for all that they were able to accomplish this season,” said Assumption Head Coach Rick Stewart. “Their ability to overcome so much adversity and fight for each other was remarkable to see. They are a great group of young women and I am proud to be their coach. “

The Valkyries Annabel Crush set a meet record in winning the 100 backstroke in a time of 52.66. Crush has committed to swim at North Carolina State.

“As a senior it’s fun to see how far the girls have grown,” said Caroline Pape. “I’m really excited to see us win. It’s very exciting. I’m very happy how we won.”

In the 200 yard medley relay the team of Mackenzie Lanning, Carlie Tyler, Chloe McDonald and Brinly Hardy had a time of 1:45.70 for 40 points. Assumption was second in a time of 1:48.12.

Lanning and Pape placed one and two in the 200 free. Lanning was clocked in 1:49.89. Pape had a 1:50.37.  The Rockets Eden Humphrey was third in 1:51.18.

Crush won the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.26. 

Assumption junior Ella Welch won the 50 free in a time of 22.63. SHA’s Brinly Hardy was third in 24.02. The Rockets Welch also won the 100 freestyle in a state record  48.85 breaking the old mark of 49.49 set last year.

In the 100 butterfly SHA’s Meredith was the winner in a clocking of 54.68 while McDonald was second in 55.54. Hardy was third with a time of 56.56. The Valkyries picked up 52 points.

SHA’s Katlin Calvery was fourth with a 419.70 good for 15 points.