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LOUISVILLE – The local high school swimming teams will test themselves again in the state’s toughest regional meet this Friday and Saturday and all three teams expect to show improvement.
Each is basing the optimism on better regular seasons and on a step up in the level of competition.
At North Oldham High School, the Mustangs feature one senior and one junior in the entire program.
“Oh yeah, we have shown marked improvement from where we were at this time last year both with individuals and as a team,” NOHS coach Kris Krohn said. “It’s a pretty brutal region. I think when you swim against the best one of two things can happen and what has happened with us is we have gotten better.”
All three teams competed in the Jefferson County Invitational Saturday at the University of Louisville pool.
NOHS posted a boys’ score of 99 points for fifth place and a girls’ score of 173 points for fourth place.
The Mustangs overall score of 272 points was good enough for third place. Christian Academy won the meet with 524 points followed by Kentucky Country Day with 297.5 points.
South Oldham was fourth overall with 186 points. The girls’ team scored 77 points with the boys’ team notching 109 points. Oldham County saw its girls score 24 points and the boys 22 for 46 total points.
NOHS took the road a bit more this season traveling to some of the swimming hotbeds like Bowling Green and Richmond to step up their competition.
“We made it a point to get out in the state this year and try and see the best teams out there,” Krohn said.
NOHS’ numbers are up this season with 35 total swimmers,
“We are still extremely young,” Krohn said. “The strength of our team is from the seventh grade to the 10th grade.”
NOHS is hoping to push through more swimmers to this year’s state meet Feb. 24-25 at U of L.
The strength for the girls may be a quartet that swims both the 200 medley relay and the 400-meter freestyle relay.
“Those two relay teams we are confident will make it to state,” Krohn said. “They may even score this year.”
The relay teams are comprised of Grace Ogelsby, Anne Scheer, Emma Brazeau and Kate Tarvestad.
For the boys, they also feature a strong relay team with their 400 freestyle set.
Luc Brazeau, Erik Krohn, Arseny Semanov and Luke Tarvestad could challenge for a spot at the state meet this season.
“We have a lot of kids on the brink of getting to the state meet,” Krohn said. “That’s kind of the strength of our team. We don’t have any superstars, but we have a lot of strong swimmers.”
The regional meet will start at 4 p.m. Friday at the Mary T. Meagher Bubble in Louisville. The meet will continue at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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