LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)—Sacred Heart won 9 of 11 events and set seven state records in dominating last year's Kentucky State Swimming and Diving Championships.They've set their sights even higher this year.
With perhaps as deep and talented a group of swimmers seen in Kentucky, the Valkyries, coached by Jim Luebbe are shooting for a clean sweep of all eleven events, although that bid took a hit with last week's disqualification in the 50 freestyle by Brooke Bauer.
Stanford commit Leah Stevens leads the way with top seeds in the 200 and 500 freestyle.When asked she wasn't sure, but thought she had 10 state titles (including relays) to her credit coming into this year's meet.Three Juniors all have multiple state titles: Asia Seidt, Bauer and Kennedy Lohman.And Sophomore Brooke Forde is the top seed in the 200 Individual Medley and a third seed behind Stevens in the 500 Free.
Those five have all qualified for the Olympic Trials and all are in the top 20 nationally in their age groups in at least one event.Add to that perhaps the best freshman in the state in freestyle sprinter Tonner DeBeer, several others who will also swim in college plus the top-ranked diver in Senior Olivia DeLong and you have a special, perhaps historic group.
Lakeside Seahawk Club coach Mike DeBoor has coached most of the team throughout a good chunk of their swimming lives and he agrees that it's a team that could be ranked among the all-time greats in the Commonwealth.
“It could be the deepest and probably most complete,” said DeBoor.“They have every stroke and every event covered.And there's probably three or four in there who could set state records in multiple events.”
The boys finals begin at 10:00 am Saturday at the Ralph Wright Natatorium on the campus of the University of Louisville.St. Xavier is bidding to make it 27 consecutive state titles.The girls finals start at 4:15 pm.