Baylor girls first and boys No. 2 in state

Baylor girls first and boys No. 2 in state

February 12th, 2012 by Staff Reports in Sports - Preps

NASHVILLE -- The Baylor School girls won the championship and the Baylor boys were second by 15 to favored Montgomery Belly Academy as the state high school swimming and diving meet concluded Saturday night at the Centennial Sportsplex.

McCallie wound up third in the boys' standings with 155 points, compared to 331 for MBA and 316 for Baylor, and GPS was 11th in the girls' meet. Baylor won with 373 points, compared to 332 for runner-up Harpeth Hall, and broke its own year-old national record with a 1:31:18 finish in the 200 freestyle relay.

Kristen Vredeveld, Bria Deveaux, Kimberlee John-Williams and Ashley Yearwood set that record and just missed another national record by six-tenths of a second with a 3:22.99 in the 400 free relay. That broke the state record by five seconds, according to Baylor coach Dan Flack.

Vredeveld also broke a state record, and the pool record, with her leadoff 50 in the 200 relay. That was two-hundredths off a national standard. The junior set another state mark with her 48.67 in the girls' 100 free, with Deveaux third in 51.75.

John-Williams had an individual win for the second day in a row with a 54.04 in the 100 backstroke, with teammates Hannah Peiffer and Annika Kollevoll third (56.10) and fifth. Baylor's Emel Lochmaier was fifth in the 500 free, and Mikaya Reynolds was seventh in the 100 breaststroke.

Baylor's Christian Carbone took his second individual boys' triumph of the meet with a 56.48 in the 100 breast, with teammate Dustin Tynes third in 57.69, and Joey Carbone was fourth in the 100 free with fellow Aqua Raiders Luke Kaliszak and Sam McHugh fourth in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 500 free, respectively.

Baylor was second and McCallie was third in the 200 free relay, and Baylor was second again and McCallie was fifth in the 400 free relay.

McCallie's Michael Howell was the boys' diving winner with teammate Frazier DeVaney fourth, earning Phil Lesselroth the honor of state diving coach of the year for the second time. Howell was the boys' diver of the year, and Signal Mountain's Marissa Roth was the girls' top diver.

Flack couldn't understand how John-Williams was not the girls' swimmer of the year after her two individual wins and record-setting relays.

"Her performance was as good as anyone who has been in this competition," Flack said. "We are of course proud of our girls' championship, and we are pretty darn proud of our boys as well. According to the psych sheet they were supposed to lose this meet by 102 points, but they lost by 15 and actually won the swimming component.

"The boys' championship turned on diving."