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LOUISVILLE – Grace Oglesby said she was “kind of nervous” before the state swimming finals Saturday at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium.
“But then I got here,” Oglesby said, “and I just decided to give all the glory to God and just have fun with it and try my best.”
Oglesby’s best turned out to be the best in state history. The North Oldham sophomore clocked a time of 53.45 seconds in the girls 100-butterfly to win a state championship in the event and break her own state record in the process.
Oglesby had set a state record time of 53.67 seconds in the 100-fly preliminaries Friday.
“No one’s coming close to her,” North coach Randy Scherer said. “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 highlighted a strong state showing for North. The Mustangs and Lady Mustangs tallied a combined score of a 209, finishing behind only DuPont Manual (239.5) and Christian Academy-Louisville (239) in the combined team standings.
St. Xavier (361 points) won the boys championship, followed by Covington Catholic (328.5) and Louisville Collegiate (171). North was 12th with 70 points.
Sacred Heart Academy (502) won the girls title, followed by Notre Dame Academy (225) and Manual (169). North (139) finished sixth. Scherer, in his first year as North's head coach, was named state girls coach of the year.
“I’m proud of our team,” Oglesby said. “I think everyone did really well. To be that high is really good.”
Oglesby qualified for the state 100-fly with a time of 54.66 seconds in the event at the Region 2 championships in February, also in the U of L pool. She tied former Olympian Mary T. Meagher's 32-year old region record with that performance.
Saturday she beat her regional time by more than a second in winning the 100-fly. Her win represented the only girls state victory by a non-Sacred Heart swimmer.
Better turns and a fast performance in the underwater portions of the race led to the record time, Oglesby said.
She actually broke another state record Saturday, swimming the 50-yard freestyle in 23.30 seconds. Unfortunately for Oglesby, Brooke Bauer of Sacred Heart swam a time of 23.14 seconds, and Oglesby finished second.
“I’ve never really been a 50-freestyler and I just started getting good at it,” Oglesby said. “I was just happy that I broke the record... It was a good race.”
North senior boys swimmer Clayton Helsley, like just about everyone else in attendance this weekend, was impressed with Oglesby.
“It’s just crazy to see someone so young be so good,” Helsley said. “... It’s great to watch a fellow teammate do these great things.”
Kate Tarvestad also had a big day Saturday for the Lady Mustangs. She finished third in the 500-free and seventh in the 200-free.
Helsley led the way on the boys' side for North.
The senior finished fifth in the 50-free with a time of 21.86 seconds. He was also 11th in the 100-free, swimming the event in 48.13 seconds.
The story of the day for the Mustang boys was their relay teams, who won the consolation heats in the 200-medley and the 200-free. North might've been in the championship heats of those events were it not for the bad luck of swimmer Mark Scherer getting sick and having to miss Friday's prelims.
“Having Mark back really helped out a lot,” Helsley said after the finals. “That’s where a couple of the seconds came from on the free relays.”
The only losses for North over the offseason are seniors Helsley and Arseniy Semenov, who was 15th in the state in both the 100-fly and 100-breast.
“Obviously Grace, Clayton and Arseniy, Kate, there’s a whole bunch of them that get a lot of credit,” Randy Scherer said. “But there are some guys every day in and out at practice that are younger, getting better. The future looks bright. We’re pretty excited about it.”
200 medley relay
No. 1 Covington Catholic, 1:33.89
No. 9 North Oldham, 1:40.29
No. 1 Tyler Sullivan, Louisville Collegiate, 1:39.81
No. 1 Heyward Harrison, St. Xavier, 1:51.49
No. 1 Branson Smith, Ballard, :21.30
No. 5 Clayton Helsley, North Oldham, :21.86
1 mtr diving
No. 1 Bailey Harrison, Dixie Heights, 506.55
No. 1 Jacob Smith, St. Xavier, :50.17
No. 15 Arseniy Semenov, North Oldham :53.37
No. 1 Branson Smith, Ballard :46.63
No. 11 Clayton Helsley, North Oldham :48.13
No. 1 Noah Johnston, St. Xavier 4:30.65
200 free relay
No. 1 Louisville Collegiate, 1:26.40
No. 9 North Oldham, 1:30.52
No. 15 South Oldham, 1:33.70
No. 1 Jake Precious, Ballard, :50.62
No. 1 Todd Owen, Ballard, :55.41
No. 15 Arseniy Semenov, North Oldham, 1:00.94
400 free relay
No. 12 North Oldham, 3:19.57
200 medley relay
No. 1 Sacred Heart Academy, 1:41.45
No. 5 North Oldham, 1:49.68
No. 8 Oldham County, 1:52.22
No. 1 Leah Stevens, Sacred Heart Academy, 1:47.95
No. 7 Kate Tarvestad, North Oldham, 1:54.62
No. 10 Lydia Jackson, South Oldham, 1:55.38
No. 1 Asia Seidt, Sacred Heart Academy, 1:58.53
No. 10 Olivia Hoskins, Oldham County, 2:08.03
No. 16 Julia Roy, South Oldham, 2:14.81
No. 1 Brooke Bauer, Sacred Heart Academy, :23.14
No. 2 Grace Oglesby, North Oldham, :23.30
1 mtr diving
No. 1 Carly Hill, Highlands, 439.35
No. 1 Grace Oglesby, North Oldham, :53.45
No. 4 Olivia Hoskins, Oldham County, :56.48
No. 7 Emma Skinner, Oldham County, :57.50
No. 9 Julia Roy, South Oldham, :56.89
No. 1 Brooke Bauer, Sacred Heart Academy, :50.75
No. 1 Leah Stevens, Sacred Heart Academy, 4:45.82
No. 3 Kate Tarvestad, North Oldham, 5:05.21
No. 4 Lydia Jackson, South Oldham, 5:07.15
Girls 200 free relay
No. 1 Sacred Heart Academy, 1:35.02
No. 5 North Oldham, 1:38.95
No. 1 Asia Seidt, Sacred Heart Academy, :53.40
No. 12 Emma Skinner, Oldham County, :58.44
No. 1 Kennedy Lohman, Sacred Heart Academy, 1:01.29
400 free relay
No. 1 Sacred Heart Academy, 3:22.79
No. 9 North Oldham, 3:40.73
No. 10 Oldham County, 3:41.37