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LOUISVILLE — Because of her fifth-place finish in the preliminaries of the 200-yard individual medley, North Oldham High School eighth-grader Asia Seidt swam the finals in the outside, seventh lane.
But Seidt responded with a powerful swim to finish second in 2:05.12.
Behind Seidt, the Lady Mustangs pulled out a fourth place finish with 111 points Feb. 18 at the Region Two Championships at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium.
Oldham County’s girls’ team finished seventh with 71 points, while South Oldham placed eighth with 44 points. Manual won the girls’ meet with 338 points.
On the boys’ side, SOHS took eighth place with 48 points, while NOHS finished 11th with 28 points and OCHS finished 13th with 17 points.
Seidt said she knew before the meet she’d face competition. Seidt also finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.04.
“I’ve known some of (my opponents) for a while and I know how they were getting ready for this meet,” she said. “I was just trying to mentally prepare for this meet, to let myself know that I’m good too.”
Seidt’s backstroke time gave her automatic all-American status by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association, while her individual medley time gives her all-American consideration status.
The NISCA recognizes the top 100 swimmers in the country by time with a time of 56.10 or better in the backstroke considered an automatic status and 2:06.13 in the individual medley given a consideration status.
“She’s a tremendously gifted athlete and she’s just a natural in the water,” NOHS Coach Kris Krohn said. “Her turns and coming off the wall, she is just amazing to watch.”
Lady Mustangs’ eighth-grader Grace Oglesby finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in 58.49, while NOHS girls’ 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relay teams each finished fourth.
“We all swam really fast and worked really well together to get some great times,” Oglesby said. “It’s nice to know that I can race all the older kids.”
The Lady Dragons’ 200-yard freestyle relay team finished fifth, while the Lady Colonels’ 200-yard medley relay team took sixth place.
SOHS’ boys’ team took eighth place behind its 200-yard medley relay, which placed sixth in 1:48.32.
The Dragons’ Jared Ashcraft, a junior member of the relay team, said he hopes to cut more time off his swim for the state meet Feb. 24 and 25 at U of L.
“We have lots of people including myself, breathing off the turns, which adds a lot,” he said. “Then, with starts, we have to work on those and turn in better times.”
Krohn said he hopes to see better times from Seidt and Oglesby, who each qualified for the state meet in four events.
“They are really excited about what they did today,” Krohn said. “You just hope the enthusiasm carries over the next two weeks and we go in with lots of energy.”
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