North Oldham Female Athlete of the Year

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Grace Oglesby, swimming

By Brad Stephens

Grace Oglesby topped the record of an Olympic legend, then topped that twice more to win a state title.

The North Oldham sophomore swam the 100 butterfly in 54.66 seconds Feb. 15 in the Region 2 championships, beating a 32-year-old region record set by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Mary T. Meagher.

Oglesby shattered that time Feb. 28 in the state preliminaries,  swimming the 100 fly in 53.67 seconds.

One day later she swam the 100 fly in a blistering 53.45 seconds to set a new state record and claim a championship.

Oglesby’s win in the 100 fly marked the only 2013-14 girls individual swimming championship not won by a Sacred Heart swimmer.

“No one’s coming close to her,” North coach Randy Scherer said after the state meet. “She’s winning these things by such margins.

“Shattering the fly record like she did, she beat that by half a second. That’s outstanding. Just as a sophomore, so great things to come. She did very well.”

Oglesby actually broke another state record at the state meet March 1, swimming the 50 freestyle in 23.30 seconds.

Unfortunately for Oglesby, Brooke Bauer of Sacred Heart swam a time of 23.14 seconds, and Oglesby finished second.