RACE at 13&Over Kentucky State Championship Meet

RACE was at it again competing against the best in the State, at the 13&Over State Championship in Lexington. It was a great meet and atmosphere for RACE at the home of the, University of Kentucky Wildcats Swimming and Diving Team.  

Here is a look into RACE at the meet:

Landon Badstibner
13-14 Boys
400 IM, 200 Backstroke, 100 Backstroke
Landon kicked off the weekend with the 400 IM. He had a great swim and continues to get better each time he swims the event. He followed the 400 IM with the 200 Back and dropped over 1.5 seconds! He finished the weekend with a great swim in the 100 Back.

Sam Blackburn
13-14 Boys
200 Backstroke
Sam had an excellent swim in his 200 Back. He dropped over 4.5 seconds!!! He looked great throughout the whole swim and, made the 4.61 second drop look effortless.

Logan Hughes
13-14 Boys
400 IM, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Butterfly, 50 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, 200 IM, 100 Freestyle, 200 Butterfly, 400 Freestyle Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 200 Medley Relay
Logan began the meet Friday by dropping 4.65seconds in his 400IM, shaving some time off of his 200 Free and qualifying for finals in the 100 Breast.  He came that night for the 100 Breast, which he swam over a second faster than his best time and moved from 14th to take the 9th place spot! He also anchored the 400 Free Relay Friday night, swimming nearly 2seconds faster than his best time. Saturday he started the day with a best time in the 100 Fly and a spot in the championship final! He then dropped some time in the 50 Free and ended the morning session with the 500 Free. Saturday night at finals, he dropped even more time in his 100 Fly and finished in 7th place!! He got to swim another fast 100 Fly on the Medley Relay and did a great job of holding, and gaining, ground for the team. Finishing up the weekend Sunday; he swam the 200 IM, lowered his best 100 Free time, finished 16th in the 200 Fly and, swam a great Butterfly leg on the 200 Medley Relay.

Ethan Luis
13-14 Boys
400 IM, 200 Backstroke, 1000 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 400 Freestyle Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 200 Medley Relay
Ethan started out the weekend on Friday with; a new best time in the 400IM, then swimming the 200 Back and 1000 Free. He also qualified for the 100 Breast that day but, was limited to three events per day. In finals Friday, Ethan swam the  second leg of the 400 Free Relay that was five seconds faster than their entry time. Saturday he dropped some time in his 200 Breast and he came back for finals to bring home the 400 Medley relay as the freestyle leg. Sunday he was again tasked with anchoring the 200 Medley Relay and did a great job bringing home the relay fast!


Canaan Timberlake
13-14 Boys
100 Breaststroke, 200 Breaststroke,  400 Freestyle Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 200 Medley Relay
Canaan, at his first State Meet, did a fantastic job and came home with some hardware to show from his State Meet premier! Friday he was entered in the 100 Breast and held ground as the third leg of the 400 Free Relay. Saturday he swam the 200 Breast and was also the Breaststroke leg of the 400 Medley Relay. Sunday he swam a strong Breaststroke leg on the 200 Medley Relay helping them to be six seconds faster than the entry time. He had a great meet in addition to, learning and gaining valuable experience from his first State Meet!

Luca Vespa
13-14 Boys
400 IM, 200 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 100 Butterfly, 50 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 200 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke, 400 Freestyle Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 200 Medley Relay
Luca had a very strong start to the weekend dropping 20.35 seconds in the 400IM! He followed that by dropping over 2seconds in his 200 Free and then swam the 200 Back. He came back Friday night to lead off the 400 Free Relay more than half a second faster than his best time. He started off Saturday by shaving 2.64seconds off his 100 Fly time. He then swam the 50 Free followed by an 8.48second drop in the 500 Free. That night at finals he again lead off in a new best time as the Backstroker, on the 400 Medley Relay.  He finished the weekend  with the 100 Free, 200 Fly and 100 Back in his individual events. He also got  the 200 Medley Relay off to a fast start in the Backstroke leg.

Leah Witcher
13-14 Girls
100 Breaststroke, 200 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke
Leah did a great job of handling being RACE's sole female representative at the meet! She was very competitive and had great swims against the best in the state in her 100&200 Breaststrokes, Friday and Saturday. She finished the weekend with a huge swim in the 100 Back. It was an awesome swim from start to finish. She went 1.7seconds faster than her best time and made it look easy!

Here is how RACE ranked with the against in the state:

13-14 Boys Relay - Logan Hughes, Ethan Luis, Canaan Timberlake, Luca Vespa
400 Free/ 11th, 400 Medley/11th, 200 Medley/8th

Landon Badstibner - 200 Back/30th, 100 Back/41st
Sam Blackburn - 200 Back/32nd
Logan Hughes - 400IM/19th, 200 Free/21st, 100 Breast/9th, 100 Fly/7th, 50 Free/18th, 500 Free/22nd, 200IM/20th, 100 Free/18th, 200 Fly/16th
Ethan Luis - 400 IM/36th, 200 Back/37th, 200 Breast/40th
Canaan Timberlake - 200 Breast/45th
Luca Vespa - 400 IM/21st, 200 Free/33rd, 200 Back/17th, 100 Fly/21st, 50 Free/28th, 500 Free/21st, 100 Free/24th, 200 Fly/20th, 100 Back/40th
Leah Witcher - 100 Breast/23rd, 200 Breast/25th, 100 Back/19th

Congratulations to Landon, Sam, Logan, Ethan, Canaan, Luca and Leah on making it to and a great showing at the, 2018 13&Over State Championship Meet!