On February 7th and 8th, Baylor’s swimming and diving teams traveled to Knoxville to compete in the TISCA State Swimming & Diving Championships where they claimed the combined, boys, and girls titles. Baylor was able to finish with all three state titles for the first time since 2013.
Baylor won its 15th consecutive combined state swim title, the Baylor girls pulled out the win against Harpeth Hall for the second year in a row while the boys tied with McCallie for the championship.
Ellie Waldrep led the way by winning the 100-yard butterfly and setting a new school record. The Baylor girls 200-yard freestyle relay of Waldrep, Jewel Gordon, Lydia Bohannon, and Logan Watson-Brown won as well and earned the state title.
Sam Flack got third in the 500 freestyle, and Alex Borisov and Daniel Unhuryan placed second and third in the 100-yard breaststroke. Will Tippett, Borisov, Noah Althoff, and Aidan Sims competed in the boys 200-yard relay and took second in a NISCA All-American Consideration time of 1:25.59. Nic Brando, Borisov, Unhuryan, and Sims’ relay also took second with an NISCA All-American Consideration time of 1:33.61. Haley Rice finished fifth out of 30in the girls 1-meter diving competition with a combined score of 350.75.
Commenting on his team’s performance, Baylor coach Dan Flack concluded, “Our girls top to bottom swam great! We only won one individual event, but everyone contributed to a great team win. Two weeks ago our boys were dead in the water after McCallie beat us soundly. We were supposed to be second by over 50 points, but we did not listen to any of that. We worked and raced, and I could not be prouder.”