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Monday, February 10, 2020

Highlands Boys, Co-Ed Teams Continue Region 7 Domination

Bluebirds Headed Back to State

Twitter Photo. The Highlands Co-Ed and Boys Swimming and Diving teams won Region 7 crowns on Saturday.
The Highlands Bluebirds Co-Ed and Boys Swimming and Diving teams once again won the Region 7 championships at Silverlake Recreation Center and Scott High School on Saturday.

The Co-Ed teams won their ninth straight region championship with 808.5 points and the boys won it with 542.5 points for a third straight year. Covington Catholic finished second with 356.5 points.

The Highlands girls finished fourth with 266 points. Ryle won the girls with 412 points.

Highlands juniors Jack Banks and Mac Russell broke Region 7 individuals records. Banks won All-American consideration breaking the region record in the 100-yard Breaststroke in 56.79 seconds. Russell won the 100 Freestyle in 45.89 seconds breaking the old record of 46.23 of Scott's Chris Seitz in 2002.

Banks and Russell also helped the 400 Freestyle team win in three minutes, 12.2 seconds along with Will Griffith and sophomore Sam Jones. Jones and Griffith also helped the 200 Relay Freestyle team to a championship in 1:30.65. The other two Highlands swimmers in that event were senior Mason Opitz and junior Harrison Pawsat. Banks and Griffith finished second and third in the 100 Butterfly in 51.63 and 53.84 seconds respectively.

Russell also won the 50 Freestyle in 21.20 seconds. Pawsat finished second in 22.33 seconds.

Jones and Griffith also finished second and third in the 200 Freestyle. Jones swam it in 1:46.45 and Griffith swam it in 1:47.76.

The Highlands 200 Medley Relay team also won the region crown in 1:36.98. Team members were Banks, Russell, Pawsat and senior Tyler Brown.

Highlands senior Davis Recht also brought home an individual award. Recht won the Region 7 Sportsmanship award.

Senior Caroline Sand led the Highlands girls finishing second in the 100 Free in 52.98 seconds. Sand also finished second in the 50 Freestyle in 24.64 seconds.

The state meet at the University of Kentucky starts Thursday and runs through Saturday. The diving prelims start Thursday with the swimming prelims starting Friday.

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