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For the third year in a row, the North Oldham swim team walked away from the Oldham Championships Dec. 22, claiming eight girls’ events and four boys’ events.
But unlike in years’ past, this meet came down to the wire.
“This year was the closest meet ever between first and second,” North Oldham swim coach Kris Krohn said, “It was a very exciting meet with great results.”
Despite not winning the boys’ or girls’ portions of the event, the Mustangs were able to pull out a win with two second place finishes.
Oldham County won the girls’ meet with a score of 206.5, while South claimed the boys’ title with a score of 240.
As a team, North Oldham edged South Oldham 432-424.5 for the championship.
In the meet’s first event, the North Oldham girls’ 200-yard medley relay picked up win as Theresa Ford, Emma Brazeau, Kate Tarvestad and Anne Scherer clocked in at1:57.21.
South Oldham returned the favor in the boys’ portion of the event, grabbing first behind a time of 1:46.62 by Chris Fitch, Nate Davis, Max Houston and Jared Ashcraft.
North Oldham’s Kate Tarvestad was the winner in the girls’ 200-yard freestyle and Ashcraft grabbed the top spot in the boys’ race followed by Oldham County’s Olivia Hoskins and North Oldham’s Luc Brazeau winning their respective classes in the 200-yard IM. North swimmers’ Scherer and Clayton Helsley also picked up wins in the 50-yard freestyle events.
A pair of young athletes controlled the 100 butterfly as South Oldham seventh-grader Julia Roy and freshman Max Houston earned top finishes.
The upperclassmen controlled the 100-yard freestyle though as Scherer and Ashcraft won once again.
Tarvestad and Oldham County’s CJ Skinner were the winners in the 500 free, while South Oldham’s Julia Roy and Chris Fitch earned wins in the 100 backstroke.
North Oldham’s Brazeau and Arseniy Semenov closed out the individual races with wins in the 100-yard breaststroke.
In the final relays, North Oldham captured the boys’ 200-yard freestyle and the girls’ 200- and 400-yard freestyles. South Oldham won the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay.
North Oldham’s Anne Scherer was named the girls’ swimmer of the meet, while South Oldham’s Jared Ashcraft earned the honor on the boys side.
Swimmers of the meet are determined by power points, a system that gives points based on times in different events similar to the decathlon in track and field.
All three teams will return to the water Jan. 5 as they take to the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center for a showdown with each other and visiting Collegiate and Bullitt County teams.
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