Knoxville, TN 37996
With championships in only two events, the Baylor girls', boys', and combined swimming and diving teams used the squad's depth to virtually sweep the state championships in Knoxville this weekend. The combined Raider team won its 15th straight state title, the Baylor girls repeated as state champs, and the Baylor boys tied with McCallie for the crown in a meet that came down to the final relay.
|1. Baylor 543||1. Baylor 295||1. Baylor 248|
|2. Maryville 289||2. Harpeth Hall 220||1. McCallie 248|
|3. Ensworth 259||3. Maryville 196||3. MBA 172.5|
|4. Hardin Valley 194||4. Ensworth 121||4. Ensworth 138|
|5. Ravenwood 165||5. Brentwood HS 120||5. Science Hill 114|
Waldrep Anchors Baylor Girls
With the back-to-back championship, the Baylor girls earned the program's 15th state title in the last 30 years and defeated Harpeth Hall, the reigning Swimming World high school national champions of 2018 and 2019.
"Our girls, top to bottom, swam great," said Baylor head coach Dan Flack, "Everyone contributed to a great team win."
Junior Ellie Waldrep led the Raiders, taking the state championship in the 100 yard butterfly, in an NISCA automatic All-American time of 53.66, and leading off the state champion 200 freestyle relay team that included Jewel Gordon, Lydia Bohannon, and Logan Watson-Brown, also winning in an All-American time, 1:34.37. Waldrep added a second place finish in the 100 backstroke, touching in an All-American time of 52.47, and led Gordon, Avery Wilson, and Bre Belcher for a second place finish in the 200 medley relay in an All-American 1:43.40.
Other top 16 finishes by Baylor girls: Lillie Boggs (3rd, 200 IM); Lydia Bohannon (13th, 100 butterfly); Heidi Dierig (6th, 200 IM); Jewel Gordon (6th, 50 freestyle); Haley Rice (5th, one-meter diving); Logan Watson-Brown (3rd, 200 freestyle); Avery Wilson (14th, 100 butterfly); 400 free relay (3rd; Watson-Brown, Bohannon, Caroline Schenck, Boggs).
Borisov Buoys Baylor Boys
The Baylor boys secured a share of the 2020 state title for the 28th team championship for the Raiders, who have taken 10 of the last 14 state crowns. The tie with McCallie was a bit of surprise, considering the recent Tornado win in the dual meet.
"Two weeks ago, our boys were 'dead in the water' after McCallie beat us soundly," said Flack. "We were supposed to be second by 50 points, be didn't listen to any of that. We worked and raced, and I could not be prouder."
Senior Alex Borisov led the Baylor blitz, finishing second in the 100 backstroke and swimming on two second place relay teams - the 200 freestyle with Will Tippett, Noah Althoff, and Aidan Sims in an All-American consideration time of 1:25.59, and the 200 medley with Nic Brando, Daniel Unhuryan, and Sims in 1:33.61, also an All-American consideration performance. Borisov added a third place finish in the 200 individual medley.
Other top 16 finishes by Baylor boys: Noah Althoff (7th, 200 IM; 10th, 100 backstroke); Sam Flack (3rd, 500 freestyle); Charlie Han (7th, 500 freestyle; 11th 200 IM); Aidan Sims (7th, 200 freestyle; 9th, 100 freestyle); Daniel Snyder (8th, 500 freestyle; 15th, 200 freestyle); Will Tippett (14th, 50 freestyle); Daniel Unhuryan (3rd, 100 breastroke; 6th, 100 butterfly).