LOUISVILLE — The 2011 Pannell Swim Shop/KHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships followed much of the same script as 2010, with Notre Dame's Ellen Williamson having a big day on the individual front and Sacred Heart taking team honors.
Williamson broke her own state record in the 200-yard intermediate and came up just short of her state record in the 100-yard butterfly. She started the morning off by helping Notre Dame's relay teams set state records in the 200-yard medley and the 400-yard freestyle during Saturday's meet at the Ralph Wright Natatorium.
"It's my senior year, so I definitely wanted to make my records," said Williamson, who will swim at the University of Virginia. "I just went after it. (Sacred Heart's) Summer (Stephens) was right there pushing me the whole way, so that really helped. We're not as deep as some of the Louisville teams, but our goal was to win as many individual events as we can."
It was Sacred Heart's depth that allowed it to bring home a second straight trophy, outscoring Manual 389.5 to 343. The Valkyries didn't have any individual winners but had several in the top three.
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"It's a group effort," Stephens said. "We don't have any superstars. Every swimmer matters."
Madison Central's Kaylin Burchell set a state record in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 1.65 seconds), ending a two-year quest. Burchell had missed the mark by one-tenth of a second as a sophomore in 2009 and then sat out last season after transferring to Madison Central from Model.
"I came so close a couple of years ago, so I definitely wanted to get it my senior year," said Burchell, who will swim at the University of Alabama next year. "The first 50 (yards) I wasn't so sure, but I felt really good the last 50."
Burchell also finished third in the 100-yard butterfly.
Lafayette junior Rebecca Hamperian successfully defended her state title in one-meter diving (486.05), and now she's hoping she can break the state record (498.10) in 2012.
"I really wanted it this year, but that gives me something to shoot for as a senior," she said. "I was able to stay relaxed; now I just need to work on being more consistent with my dives."
Hopkinsville's Susan Marquess also won two events: the 500-yard freestyle (4:54.57) after finishing second last year, and the 200 free in her first year competing in the event.
"It was amazing," Marquess said. "I really didn't know how I'd do in the 500 because I was so tired from the 200, but it's my senior year and going out with a bang was my main motivation.
"Not a lot of people talk about Hopkinsville when it comes to swimming; you're kind of the outsider. So it was nice to be able to show that we deserve to be here."
Madison Central finished sixth overall. Paul Dunbar finished seventh behind a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Henry Clay was 10th overall.