Oglesby matches Mary T

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Sophomore ties record as county teams advance to state

By Brad Stephens

LOUISVILLE – Grace Oglesby, like most talented swimmers in the Louisville area, said she knows the name of Mary T. Meagher.


The North Oldham sophomore will now get to see her name right alongside Meagher’s in the record books.

Oglesby won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.66 seconds Saturday in the Region 2 championships at the Ralph Wright Natatorium. That mark tied a regional record set by Meagher in 1982.

Meagher, who swam for Sacred Heart, went on to win three gold medals in the 1984 Summer Olympics and a bronze in 1988.

Oglesby had an entry time of 54.38 seconds in the 100-fly going into Saturday.

“When I touched the wall I was thinking, ‘Oh, I just tied it! What?’” Oglesby said. “I was just in total shock. I couldn’t believe I tied the record. I didn’t think I was going to get the exact same time."

Oglesby’s record-tying swim was the highlight of a productive day for North Oldham. North had a combined team score of 426, putting it No. 3 overall between Sacred Heart and St. Xavier.

South Oldham ranked No. 9 with a combined team score of 224. Oldham County was 10th in the 25-team event with 185 points.

North ranked highest out of all public schools, all teams that fielded girls and boys squads and all teams that didn’t participate in diving. Overall North qualified six relay teams and 18 swimmers for the state tournament, which begins Feb. 28 back at the Ralph Wright Natatorium.

Leading that charge was Oglesby, who will be making her first appearance at the state meet.

She swam her seventh and eighth grade years for North and then took a year off to focus on club swimming before coming back out to swim for North and first-year head coach Randy Scherer.

“As a sophomore, she just has a tremendously bright future ahead of her,” Scherer said. “On the national scene, she’s an outstanding swimmer.”

Oglesby also qualified third in the girls 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.08 seconds.

Other North swimmers with top 10 state seeds include Clayton Helsley, Arseniy Semenov and Kate Tarvestad.

South and OC also qualified a list of competitors for the state meet.

South’s Lydia Jackson got a No. 15 seed in the girls 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:57.28 and a No. 10 seed in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:13.10.

OC’s girls 200-yard medley relay team got a No. 9 seed in the upcoming state meet with a time of 1:53.53.

Lady Colonels Emma Skinner and Olivia Hoskins qualified sixth and seventh, respectively, in the girls 100-yard butterfly with times of 57.37 and 57.98.


State Qualifiers

Girls 200-yard medley relay

6. North Oldham

9. Oldham County Boys

200-yard medley relay

11. North Oldham

33. South Oldham (alt)

Girls 200-yard freestyle

15. Lydia Jackson, South Oldham

25. Kate Tarvestad, North Oldham Girls

200-yard IM

13. Olivia Hoskins, Oldham County

16. Emma Brazeau, North Oldham

19. Julia Roy, South Oldham 21. Madeline Hoskins, Oldham County

31. Elizabeth Oglesby, North Oldham

Boys 200-yard IM

34. Luc Brazeau, North Oldham (alt)

Girls 50-yard freestyle

3. Grace Oglesby, North Oldham Boys 50-yard freestyle

4. Clayton Helsley, North Oldham

26. Mark Scherer, North Oldham

Girls 100-yard butterfly

1. Grace Oglesby, North Oldham

6. Emma Skinner, Oldham County

7. Olivia Hoskins, Oldham County

20. Julia Roy, South Oldham

Boys 100-yard butterfly

10. Arseniy Semenov, North Oldham

23. Max Houston, South Oldham

29. Luc Brazeau, North Oldham

Girls 500-yard freestyle

8. Kate Tarvestad, North Oldham

10. Lydia Jackson, South Oldham

16. Morgan Miller, North Oldham

27. Lauren Ashton, North Oldham

Girls 200-yard freestyle relay

11. North Oldham

18. South Oldham

Boys 200-yard freestyle relay

12. North Oldham

18. South Oldham

Girls 100-yard backstroke

15. Emma Skinner, Oldham County

17. Elizabeth Oglesby, North Oldham

19. Morgan Miller, North Oldham

Girls 100-yard breaststroke

22. Lily Oglesby, North Oldham

30. Emma Brazeau, North Oldham

Boys 100-yard breaststroke

15. Arseniy Semenov, North Oldham

30. Nathan Davis, South Oldham

33. John Hoskins, Oldham County (alt)

Girls 400-yard freestyle relay

12. North Oldham

14. Oldham County

19. South Oldham

Boys 400-yard freestyle relay

15. North Oldham

21. South Oldham