Local swimmers break records at Bethlehem

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By The Staff

Special to The Sun

The Bethlehem swim team traveled to Lebanon, Ky., on Tuesday, competing against Nelson and Marion counties at the Lebanon Aquatic Center. All three teams practice at this location and consider this a home meet.

Bethlehem girls’ team scored 37 points, falling just short of Marion County’s 40 points while Nelson County scored 12 points.

Bethlehem boys’ team scored 15 points to Marion County’s 47 and 10 for Nelson County.

Bethlehem received first place in 10 out of 14 events.

“It was an exciting meet swimming against home town rivals,” said Bethlehem head coach Fran Spaulding. “Several races were very close with our swimmers breaking five school records. We rocked the pool, swimming against two drastically larger teams.”

Kate Spaulding shattered her own backstroke record by four seconds finishing with a 1:08.96. Hannah Spaulding broke her sister Kate’s record in the 100 Butterfly by three seconds finishing with a 1:14.63.

The Girls’ 200 Free Relay broke last year’s relay record by three seconds. On the boys’ team, Jacob Dennerlein set two new school records in the 200 Free and 100 Backstroke.

Bethlehem competes with five girls and three boys compared to Marion County, who brought 22 girls and 10 boys, while Nelson County brought 12 girls and five boys.

First place finishers were:

200 Medley Relay, Maggie Smith, Hannah Spaulding, Mary Beth Spaulding, Kate Spaulding 2:15.21

200 Freestyle Relay, Maggie Smith, Hannah Spaulding, Mary Beth Spaulding, Kate Spaulding 2:00.99

200 Freestyle, Jacob Dennerlein, 2:10.70

200 Individual Medley, Kate Spaulding, 2.33.86

100 Butterfly, Hannah Spaulding, 1:14.63

100 Freestyle, Mary Beth Spaulding, 1:09.82

100 Backstroke, Kate Spaulding, 1:08.96; Carson Blevins, 1:16.26

100 Breaststroke, Hannah Spaulding, 1:19.53, Jacob Dennerlein, 1:18.31

Other Results:

200 Freestyle, M. Spaulding, 2:37.01 (3rd)

50 Freestyle, M. Smith, 30.90 (2nd); Lilly Boone, 34.99; Blevins, 27.21 (2nd), Jonah Winebrenner, 31.96

100 Freestyle, Smith, 1:12.47; Winebrenner, 1:16.97

100 Back, Boone 1:27.97