High School Sports

All-City Swim Meet: Dunbar douses the competition

Lexington Christian's Christian Foster, winner of the boys' 50-yard freestyle, launched into the pool at the start of the 100-yard freestyle at Transylvania.
Lexington Christian's Christian Foster, winner of the boys' 50-yard freestyle, launched into the pool at the start of the 100-yard freestyle at Transylvania. ©2012 Herald-Leader

At the end of his Saturday, Eddie Clement was soaked.

But that was a good thing.

The Paul Laurence Dunbar coach was dunked in the Transylvania University pool as the Bulldogs celebrated a combined title in the Fayette County City-Wide Swim & Dive Championships.

A few weeks ago, in a public-schools-only meet, Dunbar took second to Henry Clay.

Saturday, the Bulldogs scored 623 points, well ahead of Henry Clay's 429. Lexington Christian was third in the eight-team field with 356.

"We had the majority of the team here for the meet, and I knew, we have so many club swimmers, that if they came together as a unified team, we could have a shot at winning," Clement said. "We had some tough competition. Henry Clay is extremely strong this year, so I knew it would probably come down to us or them."

Dunbar's boys swamped the field with 371 points. Tates Creek had 193, 30 ahead of Lafayette. Henry Clay tied LCA for fourth with 149.

Henry Clay's girls edged Dunbar 280-252. Lexington Catholic was third with 213, six up on LCA.

Dunbar swept the boys' 200-yard medley, 200 freestyle and 400 free relays.

Spencer Fair, a 6-foot-5 senior, notched the lone individual victory for the Bulldogs boys, the 100 freestyle. He also contributed on both 200-yard relays and placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

"We're not tapered quite yet, so I'm going to expect a big shoot-up at the regions," Fair said, referring to a swimmer's practice of reducing his workload immediately before and after competitions. "It's going to be good. I'm expecting big things — from me and the team."

The regional is Feb. 10-11 at Richmond.

Collier Witt, Miles Marquette, Adam Harter and Fernando Zarate also swam on two of Dunbar's relays.

Witt was second to Fair in the 100 free, and Harter and Zarate went 2-3 in the 50.

Dunbar also took second in 1-meter diving, with Jenson Kayden behind only Bryan Station's KeQuane Ellis.

Boys' double-winners were Tates Creek's Ethan Curl in the 200 and 500 freestyles, and Henry Clay's Russ Bryant in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.

Bryant, timed in 52.60 seconds in the butterfly, was a second off the pool record set by Tates Creek's Seth Broster in 2008.

"I'm really proud of training hard and all that stuff, and all of it paying off," said Bryant, a senior who has his college choices whittled to Kentucky and Louisiana State. "And I'm proud of the younger kids that stepped up and represented the team really well."

Henry Clay's only individual win went to Kelly Ren in the 100 freestyle, in which she placed fourth at last year's state meet.

"I'm real pleased with Kelly Ren," Coach Colin Faris said. "She does well for us."

Ren, a senior, also was runner-up in the backstroke and led off the second-place 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. Sophomore Jessie Kono, third in the 200 freestyle, also swam on both the Devils' second-place relays.

Dunbar had a pair of double-winners.

Sandra Wilk, a junior, won the 200 free and 100 back; Sydney Toth, a sophomore, took the 50 free and 100 'fly. Both were part of the first-place 200 and 400 freestyle relays, with Casey Ren and Courtney Younger.

"I guess the backstroke was the best," Wilk said. "It's my best event, so it feels good to win it."

Said Toth: "I'm very happy, especially with the 100 'fly because I came into it seeded behind by a couple of seconds."

Other winners included Lafayette's Rebecca Hamperian, the defending state champ on the 1-meter diving board.

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