NASHVILLE, TN- On Friday and Saturday, February 7-8 the Baylor School has won the combined and girls 2019 TISCA State Swimming & Diving Championships. This is the fifteenth year in a row that the Baylor School has won the combined team title, while the girls claimed their second state title in a row with a victory over Harpeth Hall. Harpeth Hall has won the Swimming World High School National Championship in both 2018 & 2019. The Baylor School boys finished in a first-place tie with the McCallie School with both teams scoring 248 points as the meet came down to the final relays. This is the first time since 2013 that the Baylor School was able to take the combined, girls, and boys state championships. The high school state meet was held on the campus of the University of Tennessee at the Alan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center in Knoxville, TN.
Leading the way for the Baylor School was a state championship performance from junior Ellie Waldrep. Waldrep claimed first in the 100-yard butterfly in a new school record and NISCA Automatic All-American time of 53.66. She also finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in an NISCA Automatic All-American time of 52.47. The Baylor girls 200-yard freestyle relay of Ellie Waldrep, Jewel Gordon, Lydia Bohannon, and Logan Watson-Brown claimed the state title and recorded an Automatic All-American time of 1:34.37. The Baylor School boys had some big time swims on Saturday evening. Freshman Sam Flack swam his way to a third place finish in the 500 freestyle, while teammates Alex Borisov and Daniel Unhuryan finished 2nd and 3rd in the 100-yard breaststroke event. The boys 200-yard freestyle relay of Will Tippett, Alex Borisov, Noah Althoff, and Aidan Sims took second in a NISCA All-American Consideration time of 1:25.59. Finally, the girls 400-yard free relay team of Logan Watson-Brown, Lydia Bohannon, Caroline Schenck, and Lillie Boggs claimed third overall. Their time of 3:30.80 is also a NISCA All-American Consideration time. In the girls 1-meter diving competition Haley Rice finished fifth overall with a combined score of 350.75 .
“Our girls top to bottom swam great! We only won one individual event, but everyone contributed to a great team win. Two weeks ago our boys were dead in the water after McCallie beat us soundly. We were supposed to be second by over 50 points, but we did not listen to any of that. We worked and raced, and I could not be prouder,” said Head Coach Dan Flack.
Baylor also had a pair second place finishes in both the girls and boys 200-yard Medley Relay events. The girls quartet of Ellie Waldrep, Jewel Gordon, Avery Wilson, and Bre Belcher finished with a NISCA Automatic All-American time of 1:43.40. The boys relay of Nic Brando, Alex Borisov, Daniel Unhuryan, and Aidan Sims took second with an NISCA All-American Consideration time of 1:33.61. Newcomers Logan Watson-Brown and Lillie Boggs had some big time swims for the girls in individual events. Watson-Brown claimed third in the 200-yard freestyle swimming a NISCA All-American Consideration time of 1:49.86. Freshman Lillie Boggs was equally impressive in the 200 IM taking third in a time of 2:04.17. She also swam to a third place finish in the 500-yard freestyle recording an All-American Consideration time of 4:56.41. On the boys, side senior Alex Borisov claimed third in the 200 IM swimming a time of 1:52.31.
|Combined Team Scores||Girls Team Scores||Boys Team Scores|
|1. Baylor School 543||1. Baylor School 295||1. Baylor School 248|
|2. Maryville High School 289||2. Harpeth Hall 220||1. McCallie School 248|
|3. Ensworth School 259||3. Maryville High School 196||3. Montgomery Bell 172.5|
|4. Hardin Valley Academy 194||4. Ensworth School 121||4. Ensworth School 138|
|5. Ravenwood High School 165||5. Brentwood High School 120||5. Science Hill High School 114|
Lillie Boggs (3rd-200 IM, 3rd-500 FR); Bre Belcher (3rd-100 BR); Lydia Bohannon (13th-100 FLY); Heidi Dierig (5th-500 FR, 6th-200 IM); Jewel Gordon (6th-50 FR, 8th-100 BR); Audrey Rackel- Signal Mountain (10th-50 FR, 15th-100 FR); Haley Rice (5th- 1-meter diving); Caroline Schenck (16th-100 FR); Ellie Waldrep (1st-100 FLY, 2nd-100 BK); Logan Watson-Brown (3rd-200 FR, 4th-100 FR); Avery Wilson (14th-100 FLY)
Noah Althoff (7th-200 IM, 10th-100 BK); Alex Borisov (2nd-100 BR, 3rd-200 IM); Sam Flack (3rd-500 FR); Charlie Han (7th-500 FR, 11th-200 IM); Aidan Sims (7th-200 FR, 9th-100 FR); Daniel Snyder (8th-500 FR, 15th-200 FR); Will Tippett (14th-50 FR); Daniel Unhuryan (3rd-100 BR, 6th-100 FLY)