Notre Dame Academy’s winning streak at the Scott Eagle Classic swim meet is as old as most of the girls who helped extend it to 17 consecutive years on Saturday in Taylor Mill.
The Pandas won all 11 events and totaled 366 points with their A Team while outdistancing girls runner-up Highlands by 211 points. The Bluebirds totaled 155, edging third-place Dixie Heights (152) and fourth-place Beechwood (145).
“We swept it, and that’s very exciting,” Notre Dame coach Emily Knoll said. “Our girls very much believe in the Notre Dame tradition, and they are very happy to continue it.”
Multiple event winners for the Pandas included freshman Sophie Skinner, this season’s breakout sensation, and junior Madeleine Vonderhaar. Both had a hand in four first-place finishes, each with two individual victories and two relay wins.
Skinner took the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 10.75 seconds, and the 100 backstroke in 57.39 seconds. She also swam legs on the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams, and won the meet’s outstanding female swimmer award in her first appearance.
“I have a lot of fun with the Notre Dame girls,” Skinner said. “It’s my first time, and I’m still getting used to it, but I had a lot of fun racing.”
Vonderhaar won the 100 butterfly in 59.39 seconds, the 500 freestyle in 5:16.53, and swam legs on the victorious 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. Other Notre Dame individual winners were Maria Novak in the 200 freestyle, Lilly Morgan in the 50 free, Amanda Smith in the 100 free and Carlee Jones in the 100 breaststroke.
Covington Catholic came with a split squad, and finished 1-2 in the boys’ team standings. The Covington Catholic White team (260) outpointed Covington Catholic Blue (243) by 17 points. Richmond Model (174.5) finished third, followed by fourth-place Dixie Heights (130), the defending champion.
CovCath returned with a vengeance after skipping the meet last year. The Colonels swept the relays, CovCath White taking the 200 medley and 400 relay races, CovCath Blue winning the 200 freestyle relay.
Multiple CovCath individual winners included Brendan Meyer in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, and Mike Summe in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Meyer also swam on the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams, for four wins on the day. Summe had three wins, also swimming on the victorious 200 freestyle relay team, and was named the meet’s outstanding male swimmer.
CovCath coach Richard Dickmann let his captains pick the White and Blue teams. Summe and Robbie Newman selected for the Blue. Meyer and Todd Sheets selected for the White.
“I wanted to get my guys mentally and emotionally into the meet,” Dickmann said. “I let the guys select the teams. That way they understand the logic of putting certain guys in certain events to get the most points.”
Austin Haney won two events for Beechwood, the 200 freestyle and 50 free.
Dixie Heights (282) won the combined team championship for the third year in a row, edging runner-up Highlands (252). “I couldn’t be prouder,” Dixie coach Courtney Sorrell said. “We had one of our top girls’ swimmers out sick, and we had a disqualification in the 200 medley relay, the very first event, so it was good to see us bounce back from that.”