Swimming World Magazine has proclaimed the Baylor School girls' varsity swimming and diving team 2009 National High School Champions among public and independent schools, after the Red Raiders edged out a team from Carmel, Ind. by four points.
Baylor’s win as an independent school broke a four-year run by public schools as the winners of the overall title. Baylor also ended Germantown Academy’s four-year reign at the top of the independent school rankings.
Recent graduate Sloane Pitman '09, who now swims for the University of Tennessee, scored most of the team’s individual event points, taking second in the 50 free (22.53) and 12th in the 200 free (1:47.37). She joined her sister, Arden Pitman, along with Alison Lusk, and Anna Rae Gwarjanski in the winning 200 yard medley relay (1:41.63,) and swam the second-place freestyle relay along with Emma Michaels, Lusk, and Arden Pitman. The 200 medley relay is a national record for both high school and independent school swimming, making it the fastest relay ever in high school swimming. The 200 freestyle relay is an independent school national record and the second fastest free relay ever.
“To say we are excited about being declared national champions by Swimming World is an understatement," said Coach Dan Flack. "This outcome was never the goal, although I completely believed it could happen. The goal is the same each year - to simply teach, work, support, and compete at the absolute maximum of our potential. If each year each team does that then, wow – we are really doing something special here at Baylor. I am proud of these young ladies and thrilled their effort and commitment has been rewarded with such a special honor,”
Coach Flack joined the Baylor program as head varsity coach in 2006. Last year, Swimming World declared the boys’ team the 2008 independent school national champions.