The Region 2 Swimming and Diving Championships concluded on Friday evening, February 13th, in a session that was significantly more successful than the swimming Eagles have been in their past three seasons. The women’s team finished in tenth place while the men finished in eleventh, for a combined finish of eighth place. Of the 36 members on the squad, 12 members returned after the preliminary session to swim in finals.

On the women’s side, the Eagles finished up the championship meet with score of 71, beating out 10 schools. Individually, Junior Isabella Kersey dropped an astounding two seconds from her Thursday night swim in her 100 yard Breaststroke to slide her into a 9th place regional finish, with a finals time of 1:07.86! Her swim was good enough to qualify her in 14th for the KHSAA State Championship Meet on

As a team the Lady Eagles had a strong showing in all three of their relays. In the 200 Yard Medley Relay (Hannah Dingle 11, Isabella Kersey 11, Marta Habacivch 10, Karleigh Byrne 9) knocked over 2 seconds from their Thursday night swim to beat out DuPont Manual for 9th place, finishing with a time of 1:57.24. The Ladies held tight to their ninth place seed in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (Kersey, Dingle, Grace Galyon 11, Habacivch) with a finals time of 1:46.66. Finishing out the meet for the ladies, the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (Dingle, Galyon, Habacivch, Kersey) took off an astounding 3.5 seconds from their swim Thursday night to take home an eighth place medal. All three of the Ladies’ Regional Relay swims were good enough to qualify them for a spot in the State Championship meet.

The Men’s team had an excellent finals session at the regional meet, scoring 82 points and narrowly missing the 10th place spot. Individually, the men had a very strong showing. In the 500 Yard Freestyle the EHS Men took 3 of the top 16 finals spots, only to be beat in numbers by the reigning State Champions, St. Xavier. Sophomore William Kemp led the effort in the 500 with a tenth place finish and a time of 5:02.41. Freshman Ali Id-Lougssiyr managed to hold on to twelfth place, while sophomore Parker Duck was able to slide up one spot from Thursday morning to finish in fifteenth place with times of 5:14.30 and 5:39.10, respectively. Kemp also took home a tenth place finish in the 200 Yard Individual Medley with a 2:05.03. Sophomore Zach Geoghegan also had a strong showing in the 100 Yard Breaststroke with a 14th place finish and a time of 1:06.35. Kemp’s swims qualified him to swim at the KHSAA State Championship Meet, where he is seeded 24th in the 200 I.M. and 23rd in the 500 Free. Id-Lougssiyr will join him, individually, as the 1st Alternate in the 500 Free.

The Men’s relays also had a strong showing, with two of the three relay teams qualifying for the state Championships. The Men’s 200 Yard Medley Relay (Ali Id-Lougssiyr 9, Zach Geoghegan 10, Reed Hutchinson 12, William Kemp 10) took tenth place with a finals time of 1:49.27, and qualified in 27th for the state meet. Finishing 9th in the Regional Championship, and qualifying 24th for the State Championships, the men’s 400 Yard Free Relay (Id-Lougssiyr, Shubie Gupte 11, Geoghegan, Kemp) swam a best time of 3:35.91. While the men’s 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (Id-Lougssiyr, Matt Daily 12, Gupte, Geoghegan) swam a time of 1:39.59, it was unfortunately not quite enough to qualify them for the State Championships.

Head coach Seth Boone and Assistant Coach Rebecca Reynolds felt they had a very successful Regional Championship Meet. “Overall, I could not have asked for more out of the men’s or women’s teams, “said Boone. “Both teams came out and gave it their all. In my three years as head coach, I have not had more fun with a team or been more proud of the team they have become.”

“I am excited to see the impact that the State Team will make this year,” he continued, in reference to the February 27th and 28th State Championship. “These kids are a talented bunch, and they never cease to surprise me with what they can achieve!”