Lakeside sending big group to U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Lakeside sending big group to U.S. Olympic Team Trials

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Lakeside sending big group to U.S. Olympic Team Trials

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The banner that hangs on a wall at the picturesque Lakeside Swim Club tells the story of a long and prosperous history – 10 Olympics qualifiers, including one in each of the past three.

Now 18, Clayton Forde began swimming here when he was 12 and took that history for granted a bit until he started traveling around the country.

“You don’t even realize it until you go to some of the bigger meets, but pretty much everyone knows who Lakeside is and knows who (coach Mike DeBoor) is,” Forde said. “He’s very well-respected. Seeing that kind of motivates you and makes you realize you’re part of something special.”

Lakeside celebrated that tradition Monday with a Media Day in advance of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials set for June 26-July 3 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Lakeside has five current swimmers and eight other alumni who now are training with their college programs headed to the Trials. And though none of the 13 is favored to make it to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Olympics, DeBoor knows this is another big step for many of his young swimmers in their quests to reach the 2020 Summer Olympics.

“If we’re great in three weeks, that would be perfect,” DeBoor said. “If we’re not, it’s still preparing for down the road.”

The quintet of current Lakeside swimmers headed to the Trials includes recent Sacred Heart Academy graduates Brooke Bauer, Kennedy Lohman and Asia Seidt and recent St. Xavier High School graduate Clayton Forde. Clayton’s sister, Brooke, also is headed to Omaha and is a rising senior at Sacred Heart. (North Oldham’s Grace Oglesby and Christian Academy’s Nicolas Albiero are members of Cardinal Aquatics and also qualified for the Trials).

The Lakeside contingent points to DeBoor as a big reason for their – and the overall program’s – success. DeBoor joined the program in 1988 and became head coach in 1994. He’s coached three Olympians in Rachel Komisarz (2004), Caroline Burckle (2008) and Clark Burckle (2012).

“Probably more than he wants, honestly,” Bauer said of the credit DeBoor deserves. “He definitely likes to be in the background and let us take the glory. He’s kind of chill; he’s funny. He likes to let us make our own decisions and grow up and learn for ourselves and make our own mistakes.”

DeBoor is a 1984 Lexington Catholic High School product who went on to swim at Auburn University. He credits the tradition of Lakeside and the talented swimmers it attracts for the club’s success.

The swimmers credit him with pushing them. DeBoor readily admits that “nothing’s every really good enough” for him.

“I try to make it so they’re not overly surprised by anything they do, so that it’s not outstanding,” he said. “I might tell (a reporter) it’s outstanding, but I would never let them know that. I think in every athletic event you can always be a little bit better. … Even with a world record, there has to be something that could be done a little bit better.”

Seidt said DeBoor is demanding and will “yell at you if he needs to for some motivation. But he’s always believed in me more than I’ve believed in myself, and I think that’s definitely important for any teenage swimmer.”

Among the five current Lakeside swimmers, Brooke Forde would appear to have the best shot of making a final as one of the top eight qualifiers in her event. The top two make the Olympic squad.

Among girls 18 and under, Forde’s qualifying times rank third in the 400-meter individual medley and fifth in the 200 IM.

“She has that work ethic and that push and that drive, and she’s going after kids,” DeBoor said. “She probably thinks a little bit like me that nothing’s ever really good enough and continues to push.”

Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and jfrakes@courier-journal.com.

 

LAKESIDE SUCCESS

The Lakeside Swim Club has five current swimmers and eight alumni who will compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials set for June 26-July 3 in Omaha, Nebraska. Here’s a brief look at all 13:

CURRENT SWIMMERS

BROOKE BAUER

* High school: Sacred Heart (2016).

* College: North Carolina

* Qualifying event: 50-meter freestyle.

BROOKE FORDE

* High school: Sacred Heart (2017).

* College: Undecided.

* Qualifying events: 200 and 400 individual medley, 200 butterfly, 200 breaststroke.

CLAYTON FORDE

* High school: St. Xavier (2016).

* College: Georgia.

* Qualifying event: 400 individual medley.

KENNEDY LOHMAN

* High school: Sacred Heart (2016).

* College: Arizona.

* Qualifying events: 100 and 200 breaststroke.

ASIA SEIDT

* High school: Sacred Heart (2016).

* College: Kentucky.

* Qualifying events: 200 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke, 100 and 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley.

ALUMNI

PEYTON GREENBERG

* High school: Manual (2015).

* College: Northwestern.

* Qualifying event: 200 breaststroke.

HEYWARD HARRISON

* High school: St. Xavier (2015).

* College: North Carolina.

* Qualifying event: 200 backstroke.

TREY HUBBUCH

* High school: St. Xavier (2015).

* College: Indiana.

* Qualifying event: 1,500 freestyle.

KRISTEN KEIFER

* High school: Assumption (2015).

* College: Kentucky.

* Qualifying event: 200 backstroke.

ASHLEY LECLAIR

* High school: Sacred Heart (2014).

* College: Louisville.

* Qualifying events: 100 and 200 backstroke.

SYDNEY SELL

* High school: Western Hills (2015).

* College: Florida.

* Qualifying events: 100 and 200 backstroke.

JACOB SMITH

* High school: St. Xavier (2014).

* College: Kentucky.

* Qualifying event: 200 butterfly.

LEAH STEVENS

* High school: Sacred Heart (2015).

* College: Stanford.

* Qualifying events: 400 and 800 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 and 400 individual medley.

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