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The chant started softly at first: "Alex. Alex. Alex." Purcell Marian swimmers crowded above sophomore Alex Hamm's lane as he slogged his way through the 100-yard backstroke at the Greater Catholic League Swimming Championships at St. Xavier last week.

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The sophomore with Down syndrome picked up speed, his legs slapping the water, his arms pumping vigorously. He never noticed his teammates approaching to cheer him on. But members of the 21 participating teams, including 11 from the Girls' Greater Cincinnati League, noticed Alex. They came, one by one, to the pool's edge. They formed a wall and leaned forward, yelling and jumping and crying with excitement. They didn't know Alex, but it didn't matter.

Purcell Marian swimmer Alex Hamm wears the medal given to him by Moeller's Matt Angelini (left) at last week's Greater Catholic League meet Alex's first swimming competition. The Cincinnati Enquirer/TONY JONES

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When Alex finished the race in 2:34, Keating Natatorium erupted. Teammates pulled his exhausted, limp body from the pool as thousands of parents and fans saluted him. He beamed, held up his finger and yelled, "I'm number one!" Moeller sophomore Matt Angelini won the event championship in the next heat, in 54.3 seconds, but he didn't think he deserved

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recognition as much as Alex did. So Matt slipped out of the crowd, took his race-winning medal and pressed it into Purcell coach Wade Davis' hand.

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"For Alex," Matt said. The minute Alex plunged into chlorinated water at Purcell Marian swim practice in November, he slipped under like a 120-pound weight. He gasped for breath. Choked on water. Flailed his limbs in desperation. Coach Davis plucked him from the waves and sat him on the pool's edge, envisioning the water-logged challenges ahead of Alex. Four months later, Davis made a decision. "Alex," he announced, "you're going to swim in the league meet." Alex, a cheerful, shy and diminutive 16-year-old, has an infectious smile and easy-going disposition adored by many Purcell Marian students and staff. He ran cross country in the fall and, at his teammates' urging, donned trunks for swimming in the winter. "He'd never had lessons before. He could tread water, but that's about it," said Ginger Hamm, Alex's mother. Davis kept Alex in an outside lane during most practices so he wouldn't get tangled with other swimmers. He had hoped Alex could compete in a meet during the regular season and finally chose the Feb. 4 Greater Catholic League meet. "I asked (Alex) and we decided to go for it. I knew the other GCL coaches would be really supportive," Davis said. Davis was so confident in Alex's progress that he entered him in the 100-yard backstroke. One problem: One lap is 25 yards, and Alex had never swum four in a row.

'Let's bring him home• The night of the swimming championships, Mrs. Hamm sat in the stands, watching in surprise as the Purcell Marian contingent cheered her son, who was still swimming long after the second-to-last swimmer had left the water. She glanced around the stands and saw tears spill from the eyes of school administrators, parents, students and coaches. The shouts ricocheted around the natatorium as swimmers tried to inspire Alex. Davis, who has been involved with swimming for 30 years, says he had never witnessed such a selfless, inspiring act. "At first they were making sure he wouldn't bump his head when he got to the walls," Davis said. "Then the (race) announcer said, 'Let's bring him home,' and the entire crowd got to its feet and started

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cheering. "It just gives you the chills. I've never heard a sound like that in all my life."

A deserving champion Matt Angelini watched it all. The 16-year-old won two championships at the league meet, and he swims with the elite Cincinnati Marlins club team in the high school offseason. After Alex's race, Matt's opinion of competition changed. "When (Alex) finished, he got a standing ovation for a minute. When I finished, I got a couple of cheers," Matt said. "I figured, 'Why do I deserve a medal?' " A teammate suggested he give his race-winning medal to Alex. Matt hurried to the coaching office and asked if the medals were even there. They were. He secured his, hurried to the pool and found Purcell's Davis. With two races left, Davis was frantically coordinating the Purcell swimmers and didn't notice who gave him the medal. Through a network of swimmers, he discovered it was the boy who that night had been voted GCL South Swimmer of the Year. Matt didn't say much about his actions, but word got out quickly. "People said it was really nice," Matt said. Matt and Alex didn't meet face to face until Wednesday when they posed for an Enquirer photo. Matt learned then that Alex proudly wore the medal to school the next day to show his friends. Alex's dad, Len, was moved to meet the boy who had championed his son. "Kids like you," an emotional Mr. Hamm said to Matt, "are heroes. Thank you." Tonight the boys swim again in the Division I sectional meet- Matt competes at Mason, and Alex swims his second career race at St. Xavier. But one Wednesday night they created an unforgettable experience for a whole community. "We never dreamed," Mrs. Hamm said, recalling Alex's first day in the pool, "that something like this would happen." E-mail srusse/l@enquirer.com

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Results from Saturday's events at the 2004 boys and gins state swimming and diving meet:

GIRlS DIVISION I F"mal Team Scores 1. CenteiVille 239; 2. Ursuline 206; 5. St. Ursula 118; 7. Sycamore 99; 8. Pnnceton 82; 17. Anderson 48; 18. Kings Mills Kings 47: 19, Turpin 44; 25. (tie) Mason 25; 39. (tie) Mt. Notre Dame 10; 47. (tie) Mother of Mercy 1.

100F.-tyle !, Jennifer Bradford, sr., Groveport Madison, 50.16; 3, Abby Cooper,jr., ursuline, 51.91; 5, Shannon Grace, sr., St. Ursula, 52.49; 10, Alexandra Doyle, soph., St. Ursula, 53.02; 13, Chnstina Person, jr., Turpin, 53.69; !6, Caroline Mciver, sr., Pnnceton, 54.62.

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1. Enn Forster, sr., Centerville, 55.66; 5, Melissa Kin&jr., Mason, 58.96; 9, Lauren Bernstein, sr., Sycamore, 1:00.03; !0, Emilie Hoeper, soph., Mt. Notre Dame, 1:00.27; !2, Aly Schmidt,jr., Kings Mills Kings, 1:00.43. 100 Breaststroke I, Undsey Graessle, fr., Kings Mills Kings, 1:04.95; 2, Tiffany Upan, sr.. Ursuline, 1:05.53; 3, Shannon Grace, sr., St. ursula, 1:05.63; !6, lauren Hewes, sr., Mason, 1:10.26.

SOOF.-tyle I, Ellis Schieman, sr., Shaker Heights, 4:5).B4; 2, Ellie Miller, sr., Turpin, 4:59.92; 5, Anita Beck, fresh., Anderson, 5:06.84;.10, Jenny Hagen, sr., Ursuline, 5:08.17; 11. Ashley Miller, fresh., St. Ursula, 5:!0.26; !5, Kelsey Vehr, fresh., St. Ursula, 5:!5.00; 16, Sarah Smith, fresh., Anderson, 5:16.53.

200 Freestyle Relay I, Ursuline, 1:36. 72; 3, Pnnceton, 1:37.39; 4, St. Ursula, 1:38.32; 9, Sycamore, 1:40.51. 400 F.-lyle Relay I, CenteiVille, 3:29.62; 3, Ursuline, 3:34.38; 4, Sycamore, 3:35.4 7; 5, St. Ursula, 3:35.96; 7, Pnnceton, 3:37.B3; 11, Anderson, 3:40.50.

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Anal Team Scores I. Gates Mills Hawken 374; 2.1ndian Hlll155; 7. Madeira 107; 8. Copley 92; 9 Cin. Hills Chnstian 83; 16. Wyoming 51; 39. (tie) Manemont 7; 47. (tie) Pur-

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lOOF.-tyle 1, Sarah Dorenkott, soph., Gates Mills Hawken, 51.16; 2, Ashlee Edgell, soph., Madeira, 52.50; 7, Allie HoiVatll, soph., Hami~on Badm, 54. 74; 15, lelia Sloneker, fresh., Hami~on Badin, 55.69.

100 Backstroke I, Rona O'Donneii-McCarthy, jr., Gates Mills Hawken. 57.02; 3, Kasey Carpenter, soph., Cin. Hills Christian, 58.92; 7, Amanda Herd, sr., Cin. Hills Chnstian, 1:00.62; 15, Allie Horvath, soph., Hamilton Badin, 1:02.63.

100 Breaststroke I, Sarah Vaughn, jr., The Plains Athens, 1:04.4 7; 3, Julie Reynolds, fresh., Wyoming, DQ; 12, Carolyn Shinsato, jr., Batavia, 1:!0.69; 13, Kaitlyn Adams, fresh., Mariemont, 1:10.91.

500 Freestyle I, Alyssa Kiel, jr., Gates Mills Hawken, 4:43.B2; 3, Amanda Smith, fresh., Indian Hill, 5:03.26; 4, Sarah Bockstiegel, soph., Madeira, 5:07.54.

200 Freestyle Relay I, Gates Mills Hawken, 1:39.15; 2, Indian Hill, 1:40.08; 6, Hamilton Badin, 1:42.14; 8, Madeira, 1:43.39; 14, Wyoming, 1:44.!6.

400 Freestyle Relay I, Gates Mills Hawken, 3:29.99; 7, Madeira, 3.45.67; 8, Cin. Hills Christian, 3:45.69; 11, Wyorrin& 3:47.76. BOYS

Anal Team Scores I. Cin. St. xavier 263; 6. Twpin 112; 9. Manemont81; 14. Sycamore 51; !7.Anderson 32; !B. Elder 29; 19. Wyoming 2B; 21. Day. Chaminade-Julienne 27; 24. Oak Hills 24; 31. Mason 17; 33. Moeller 16; 33. Cin. Hills Chnstian 16; 44. (tie) Princeton 6; 47.la Salle 5; 48. (tie) Hamilton Badin, Kings Mills Kings 4; 55. (tie) Milford 2; 57. Lakota W. I.

100 Freestyle !, Pete Carothers, sr., St. xavier, 45.21; 6, Patrick Mansfield, jr. Day. Chaminade-Julienne, 46. 73; 7, Kit French, jr., St. Xavier, 46.89; 12, Wren Dupre, soph., Manemont, 47.80; 13, Jeff Smith, sr., Mason, 47.98; 14, Matt Berger, sr., Turpin, 47.99; 15, Steve Ventus, sr., Mi~ord, 48.22; 16, Chris Delcampo-Hartman, sr., Princeton, 48.41.

100 Backstroke I, Nick Thoman, sr., Mariemont, 48.95; 3, Kit French, jr., St. xavier, 49. 79; 7, Evan Undenschmldt, sr., St. Xavier. 52.52; 10, Matt Angelini, soph., Moeller, 53.26; !2, Chris Delcampo-Hartman, sr., Princeton. 53. 71; 16, Ryan Kell, soph., Hamilton Badin, 54.60.

100 Breaststroke I, Chris Ash, jr., Akt. Firestone, 56.34; 3, Jared Wagster, jr., St. Xavier, 57.39; 4, Heath Tameris, jr., Sycamore, 57.54; 8, AndyDilz,jr., Oak Hills, 1:00.65.

SOOF.-tyle I, John Kevin Koehler, sr., Spnng. CaUl. Cent, 4¡.24.11; 2, Hank Browning,jr., Turpin, 4:29.38; 3, Ke~n Nead, sr., Cin. Hills Chlistian, 4:31.38; 4, Sean Davis, jr., Anderson, 4:32. 74; 7, John Becker, sr., St. Xavier, 4:37.53; 9, David Mosko, fr., St. xavier, 4:37.45; 11, Kyle Greene, soph., Turpin, 4:38.80; 14, Bart Ginocchio, fr., St. xavier. 4:44.58; 16, Chanie Sparl<s, jr., Anderson, 4:46.43.

200 Freestyle Relay 4, Turpin, 1:27.10; 9, St. xavier, 1:27.28; II, S)'c-. amore, 1:29.08; 12, Elder, 1:29.23; 13, Oak Hills, 1:29.44.

400 Freestyle Relay 1, Upper Anington, 3:05.72; 2, Sl Xavier, 3:06.00; 5, Turpin, 3:12.81; 10, Mariemont, 3:13.88; 13, Sycamore, 3:16.06.


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Hazelbeek (St xavier) 22.68; 9. Moffat (CCD) 3t.Whlpkey (Meson) 1:53.94; 32.Harris (Sycamo.e) 1:54.01; 33. Woymouth (Mason) 1:54.24: 22.68; 10. Romknectlt (Centerville) 22.68; 11. 34.Eltaesser (Walnut Hills) 1:54.69; 35 Meline Undsay (St. Xavier) 22.80; 12.Helthaus (St. Xavier) 22.82; 13.COm>ll (Elder) 22.96; 14.Birtdey (Mason) 1:54.99; 36.COIIIns (SUvers) 1:55.13; 37. Rutz (Pnnceton) 1:55.74; 38.Goble (Bellefontaine) (Pnnceton) 22.99; !5.Colllns (Fairmont) 23.04; 1:55.75. 16.Cutl1bert (lakota WesQ 23.07; !7.Bieler 2lltlll-!. Need (CHCA) 1:52.29; 2. Berg.en (SycamoiO) 23.07; !8.Wray (Elder) 2310; (BeeWirt!eOk) 1:56.7B; 3. Wllllams(Eider) 1:57.00: 19.0kamotD (Sldney) 23.14; 20.Millar (L.abanon) 4. Buchanon (Beeverc!eOk) 1:57.79: 5 23.16; 21.Giassmeyer (La Salle) 23.!8; 222immer Undens<:hmidt (St xavier) 1:58.42; 6. Angelini (Altar) 23.21; 23.Knight (Pnnceton) 23.29; (Moeller) 1:59.19; 7. Miller (lakota East) 2:00.07; 24.Frantz (Sidney) 23.31; 25.Bamett (Bellbrook) 8. Chilcote (Mason) 2:00.39; 9. Grubb (Cantervllle) 23.31; 26.Truax (Sycemore) 23J2: 27.Wassennan 2:00.61; 10. Ervin (Centerville) 2:00.74; 11. (Milford) 23.37: 28.Howard (Middletown) 23.38; Roebuck (Wyoming) 2:00.91; 12. D1lz (Oak Hills) 29.Cieters (St. Xavier) 23.41; 30.Bushelmon 2:02.10; 13. Hossler (St. xavier) 2:0211: 14. (Moeller) 23.41; 31.MIIIer(Sidney) 23.57; 32.Fuli<er Meltl!ns (St xa~er) 2:02.97: 15. Hogg (Tolawenda) ?;'~If{~~~~';"; JlDveland) 23 65; 2:03.80; 16. Graeesle (Kings) 2:04.00; 17. Whipkey (Mason) 2:04.10; 18. Bndgefortl (St. Xavier) UIOfb'-!.Carothers(St Xavier) 51.86; 2.Dupre 2:04.12: 19. Cholker (Centervtl~) 2:04.89; 2D. (MarlemonQ 5!.B6; 3.Thoman (Merlemont) 52.04: JecliSOn (Turpin) 2:04.95; 21. Fette (Roger Bacon) 4.Paddock (Centerville) 53.00; 5.Bank 2:05.07; 22. Fom> (CHCA) 2:05.55; 23. Moon (Beevemek) 63.15; 6.WIII~ms (Elder) 63.41; (Beoven;,..k) 2:08.03: 24. Petm1f (Spnngfleld 7.Mosko (St. Xavier) 53.57; 8.Roebuct< (Wyoming) North) 2:06.4!; 25. upan (Summit) 2:07.00; 26. 53.75; 9.Gfllessle (Kings) 54.42: IO.Spraul (Princeton) 54.98; I!.Moon (BeaWin:reek) 55.08; Keller (Sycamore) 2:07.56; 27. Thomas (Marlemon~ 2:{18.53; 28. Wlndholtz (Centerville) 12.Wn!11t (St xavier) 55.10; !3.lDbaugh (La Salle) 2:08.78; 29. Bomstein (Talawanda) 2:09.45; 30. 55.63; 14Jackson (Turpin) 55.90: 15.Stone (Roger Henl<el (Wyoming) 2:09.50; 31. Fellen; (Troy) • Bacon) 55.95; 16.Mukuda (Roger Bocon) 55.98; !7.Frantz (Sidney) 56.10; !8.Kell (Badin) 56.24; 2:10.17: 32. Ahn (Sycamo<e) 2:10.27; 33. Schramm (Roger Bacon) 2:10.97; 34. Conners 19.Krone (Sycamore) 56.25: 20.Bndgelord (St. .(Moeller) 2:12.26. xavier) 56.30; 21.Grove (l..okota East) 56.54: SOf-1. Mullen (Centerville) 21.27; 2. Roe 22.Hewltt (L.akota West) 56.6B; 23.Cobb (Sidney) 21.90; 3. Smitll (Mason) 22.02; 4. Gantzer (Oel<wood) 56.76; 24.COIIins (Stivers) 56.77; (OOk HillS) 22.12; 5. Sloneker (Badin) 22.24; 6. 25.1Dve (Wyoming) 56.90: 26.McHugf1 (Ciek Hills) 56.97; 27.Carey (Walnut Hills) 57.14; 28.Young Schnider (Taylor) 22.25; 7. Berger (Turpin) 22.43; 8.

(Beavercreek) 57.17; 29.Petroff (Spnnglleld Nortll) 57.22; 30.Kelpe (Sl"'more) 57.41; 31.5chapiro (Indian Hill) 57.52: 32.Thomas(Mariemont) 57.57; 33.Bemstsln (Sycamore) 57.61; 34.Jenklns (Bellbrook) 58.D7. 100f-t. Mullen (CenteNIIIe) 46.88; 2.Ventus (Milford) 47 07; 3.Mansfleld (Cheminade.Jullonne) 47.64; 4.French (St. xavier) 47.72; 5.Carotl1ers (St. xavier) 47. 73; 6.Dupra (Manemont) 48.28; 7.Gantzer (Dak Hills) 48.69: 8.SmltJI (Meson) 48.64; 9.Sioneker (Badin) 48.94; 10.de1Cemoo-Hartman (Pnnceton) 49.16; ll.Roe (Sidney) 49.19; 12.Berger (Turpin) 49. 74; 13.Undsey(St xavier) 49.75; 14.0jdana (St. xavier) 49.98; !5.Witlkugei\Sycamofll) 50.20; 16.Cuthbert (lakote West) 50.2 : 17.Schnlder (Taylor) 50.40; 18.0komoto (Sidney) 50.50; 19.Aulistuol~ (Sycamore) 50.52; 20.Moffat (CCD) 50.55; 21Jenklns (Bellbrook) 50.55; 22.Cifem (Telawanda) 50.57; 23.Truax (Sycamore) 50.60; 24.Wood (AnneytDWn) 51l.63; 25.Febus (Alter) 50.65; 26.Kalfenbetler(Bellbrook) 50.70; 27.Stutz (Beavercreak) 50.76; 28.MIIIer (labonon) 50.79: 29.Zimmer (Altar) 50.64; 30.Knlgflt (PrtncetDn) 50.85; 3!.Birkley (Pnnceton) 50.92; 32.Carroll (Elder) 51.01; 33Jelus (Beavertreek) 51.17; 34.Carey (Walnut Hills) 5131. SGOF_.I Koehler (Spnn"'eld Cathol~ Central) 4:33.90; 2 Nead (Cincinnati Hills ChrtstJen Aca) 4:37.27; 3 Browning (Turpin) 4:3B. 71; 4 Galbreatll (Kettering Fainnant) 4:43.39; 5 Davis (Anderson) 4:45.32; 6 Buchanan (Beavercreek) 4:45.54; 7 Becker(St. Xovier) 4:45.80; 8Mosko (St. Xavier) 4:48.48; 9 Ginocchio (St. Xovler) 4:51.11; 10

Miller (lakota East) 4:51.83; II GA!ene (Turpin) 4:53.32; 12 Montague (Anderson) 4:54.26; 13 AusOn (Manemont) 4:54.68; 14 Sparks (Anderson) 4:55.33; 15 Nierprtll (St. xavier) 4:55.98;16 Schramm (Roger Bacon) 4:56.97; 17 Williams (Elder) 4:56.99; 18 Scarberry(FelrbOm) 4:57 .64; 19 Krone(Cinclnnati Country Day) 5:00.11: 20 Austin (Maliemont') 5:00. 75; 21 Bernstein (Sycamore) 5:02.91; 22 Mandel (A~derson) 5:04.16; 23 Alck (Hamilton Badin) 5:04.92; 24 Parker (Sycemore) 5:05.23; 25 Rasch (Fairfield) 5:05.66; 26 Douville (Kettenng Altar) 5:06.62; 27 Whipkey .(Mason) 5:08.64; 28 Hams (Sycamore) 5:09.37; 29 Dibenedetto (Centerville) 5:09.94: 30 Schremm (R*' Bacon) 5:11.38; 31 Rutz(Pnnceton) 5:11.60; 32 Ollila (Kings) 5:12.29; 33 Ryan (Roger Bacon) 5:13.19; 34 Drummer (Oekwood) 5:14.59; 35 Proctor(Lakota West) 5:15 20:36 Shannon (Dayton Christian) 5:15.27; 37 Meline (Mason) 5:16.74; 38 Waymouth (Mason) 5:19.36; 39 Holmes (lDWIIand) 5:19.63; 40 Rigney (Beavercreek) 5:22.2B; 41 Jonas (HarriSOn) 5:24.39; 42 Case (Nortllbend Taylor) 5:26.03; 43 Votele (lakota West) 5:27.19; 44 Goecke (Kattenng FalnnonQ 5:30.09: 45 Metzger (Milfortl) 5:~0.68; 46 Nienaber (Oak Hills) 5:31.60; 47 laughlin (CenteNille) 5:31.69; 48 Witters (Greenville) 5:32.79: 49 Ahlnchs (Eide~ 5:32.97; 50 Matson (Cente!Ville) 5:33.43; 51 Greschl (Vandalia Butler) 5:36.49; 52 Gll~sp~ (Oak Hills) 5:37.43; 53 Burtl:hin (Bellefontaine) 5:39.B7; 1ooa.clc 1. Thoman (Msrlemont) 51.15; 2. French (Sl Xovler) 52.05: 3. Angelini (Moeller) 54.20;4. deiCampo-Hartman (Pnnceton High School) 54.31:5. Grubb(Centervllla) 54.75; 6. Kell

(Hamilton Badin) 5524; 7. Jelus (ijeaveroreek) 55.47; 8. llndenschmldt(St. xavter) 55.48; 9. Fette (Roger 8acon)55.51; 10. Chilcote (Mason High School 155.58;11. Hessler (St. xavter) 55.66; 12. Janszen St. xavier High School 55.92; 13. Hogg (Talawanda) 56.!8; 14. Spraul (Pnnceton) 57.10; !5.Neely (Spnngfleld Nortll) 57.53; 16.1Dve (Wyoming) 57.79: 17. Bogosta (Deyton COrroll) 58.02; !8. Goble (Bellefontelne) 58.26: 19. Wassennan (Milford) 58.40; 20. Elkins (Kin!!') 58.59; 21. Henkel (Wyoming) 58.67; 22. Windholtz (Centerville) 58.73; 23. Fernandez (Milford) 58.73; 24. Krone (Sycamooo) 59.0!; 25. Wlttl<ugel (Sycamore) 59.21; 26. Robet1S (Manemont) 59.23; 27. Anderson(L.akotaWest) 59.48; 28. Noary(Aitar) 59.65; 29. Douville (Alter) 59.83; 30. Wilson (Naw Madison Til-VIllage) 59.83; 31. Upan (Summ~ Country Day) 59.98; 32. Unnemon (LaSalle)l:OO.OS; 33. Coleman (CJnctAnaU CountJy Day) 1:00.!2;A~ 34.Cobb (Oakwood) 1:00.19. - 1 Centerville 1:30.12; 2 St. xavter 1:30.52; 3 Elder 1:30.71; 4 Sl"'more 131.16; 5 Sidney 1:31.19; 6 Oak Hll~ 1:31.45; 7 t<ettenng Felnnont 1:31.88; 8 Pnnceton 1:32.28; 9 Bellbrook 1:32.3B; 10 Beaven:reek 1:32.48; II Mason 1:32.91; 12 Turpin 1:33.09; 13 L.a5aMe 133.40; 14 Roger Bacon 1:34.43; 15 Moeller 1:36.12; 16 Spnnglleld Catllolic Central 1:36.40: 17 Bellefontaine 1:36.54; 18 Martemont 1:37.39; 19 Cincinnau COuntty Day 1:37 .77; 20 Milford High SChool 1:37.79; 21 Dayton Chamlnade-Jullenne 1:38.11; 22 Nortllbend Taylor 1:38.54: 23 lakota West 1:38.69; 24 Anderson 1:3B. 77; 25 Hamson 1:38.96; 26 Walnut Hills 1:39.08:

1 - I. Thoman (Manemont) 51.15; J.• French (St xavle~ 52.05; 3. Angelini (Moeller)"' 54.20; 4. deiCempo-Hartman (Pnnceton) 54.31; !n• Grubb (COntervllle) 54.75; 6. Kell (Badin) 55.24; 7:'' Jelus (BeavertiOOk) 55.47: 8. Undenschmldt!.

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3. Mariemont 3:20.70; 4. BeavertleOk 3:20.82; ~._ Oak Hllls3:23.79; 6. L.al<o\8East3:24.74; 7.Sidney 3:25.03; 8. Mason 3:25.05; 9. Fairmont 3:25.19: 10. Elder 3:25.23; 11. Centerville 3:25.31; 12. AndleiSOn 3:25.62; 13. Sycamore 3:25.84: 1-t:;., Princeton 3:25.93; 15. Bellbrook 3:28.06: !Ill Talawan~a 3:28.6~: 17. Lakota West 3:30.24; IS.... Wyoming 3:30.45; 19. Milford 3:32.31; 20. Roger Boron 3:32.65; 21. Badin 3:33.75; 22. La Salle 3:33.7B: 23. Troy 3:34.72; 24. Alter 3:35.03; 251f' ·Spnngfleld North 3:36.41; 26. CCO 3:36.60. . • •• ~·


C4 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2004

Swimmers:

One race bonds two athletes From PageCl The minute Alex plunged into chlorinated water at Purcell Marian swim practice in November, he slipped under like a 120-pound weight He gasped for breath. Choked on water. Flailed his limbs in desperation. Coach Davis plucked him from the waves and sat him on the pool's edge, envisioning the waterlogged challenges ahead of Alex. Four months later, Davis made a decision. "Alex," he announced, "you're going to swim in the league meet" Alex, a cheerful, shy and diminutive H>¡year-old, has an infectious smile and easy-going disposition adored by many Purcell Marian students and staff. He ran cross country in the fall and, at his teammates' urging, donned trunks for swimming in the winter. "He'd never had lessons before. He could tread water, but that's about it," said Ginger Hamm, Alex's mother. Davis kept Alex in an outside lane during most practices so he wouldn't get tangled with other swimmers. He had hoped Alex could compete in a meet during the regular season and finally chose the Feb. 4 Greater Catholic League meet. '1 asked (Alex) and we decided to go for it I knew the other GCL coaches would be really supportive," Davis said. Davis was so confident in Alex's progress that he ent~red him in the 100-yard backstroke. One problem: One lap is 25 yards, and Alex had never swum four in a row.


"Let's bring him home' The night of the swimming championships, Mrs. Hamm sat in the stands, watching in surprise as the Purcell Marian contingent cheered her son, who was still swimming long after the secondto-last swimmer had left the water. She glanced around the stands and saw tears spill from the eyes of school administrators, parents, students and coaches. The shouts ricocheted around the natatorium as.swimmers tried to inspire Alex. Davis, who has been involved with swimming for 30 years, says he had never witnessed such a selfless, inspiring act "At first they were making sure he wouldn't bump his head when he got to the walls," Davis said. "'Then the (race) announcer said, 'Let's bring him home,' and the entire crowd got to its feet and started cheering. "It just gives you the chills. I've never heard a sound like that in all my life."

Adeserving champion Matt Angelini watched it all. The 16-year-old won two championships at the league meet, and he swims with the elite Cincinnati Marlins club team in the high school offseason. After Alex's race, Matt's opin-¡ ion of competition changed. ''When (Alex) finished, he got a standing ovation for a minute. When I finished, I got a couple of cheers," Matt said. "I figured, 'Why do I 'deserve a medal?' " A teammate suggested he give his race-winning medal to Alex. Matt hurried to the coaching office and asked if the medals were even there. They were. He secured his, hurried to the pool and found Purcell's Davis. With two races left, Davis was frantically coordinating the Purcell swimmers and didn't notice who gave him the medal. Through a network of swimmers, he discovered it was the boy who that night had been voted GCL South Swimmer of the Year. Matt didn't say much about his actions, but word got out quickly. "People said it was really nice," Matt said. Matt and Alex didn't meet face to face until Wednesday when they posed for an Enquirer photo. Matt learned then that Alex proudly wore the medal to school the next day to show his friends. Alex's dad, Len, was moved to meet the boy who had championed his son. "Kids like you," an emotional Mr. Hamm said to Matt, "are heroes. Thank you." Tonight the boys swim again in the Division I sectional meetMatt competes at Mason, and Alex swims his second career race at St. Xavier. But one Wednesday night they created an unforgettable experience for a whole community. ''We never dreamed," Mrs.. Hamm said, recalling Alex's first day in the pool, "that something like this would happen." E-mai.'l srussell@enquirer.com

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~s ~ATURDAY,

FEBRUARY 21, 2004

Disbict swinuning

St. Xwins t~~un title; Browning :Ptills upset c:'

Byo ~le~ Blu11er E~11irer Contributor

OXFORD- St. Xavier prevailed in Friday's Southwest District meet pt Miami University. : .:jhe Bombers' typical excellence wft <M:-shadowed by some unexWO:ea"'esults. : ilfurPin's Hank Browning ~otched the biggest upset of the evening in the 200 freestyle over faworetl John Kevin Koehler of Springfield Central Catholic. The junior overtook Koehler for good after siX legs to post a 1:40.57, the fastest fune in the state this season. : "I just wanted to race (Koehler) ~ince he's number one," Browning said. "Ilhoughtit'dbeagoodwayto ~ead into state, to do well at districts.":' : Browning will be returning to state in the 500 free as well after placing third. , Lakota West senior Kyle Cuthbert topped that with a third-place pnish in the 50 free, despite swimming in the second of four heats. : CHCA's Kevin Nead had his hopes for a state title in the 200 IM ~ashed when he was disqualified for not touching the wall with both haqds going from breaststroke to fre&.Jhe senior would've been the favttrite at the state meet. • .:We.a<I responded with an inspiOMI 500 free, giving Koehler all he <COuld handle with a secondpla(!e4:30.88 that barely missed the dist:rrct record. ; "I've never been disqualified in l1 years," said an emotional Nead. : Moeller's Matt Angelini will be swimming next week as well after third-place finishes in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. The sopho~so set school records for !>~ihe process. : ~l-secured the top team spot ~in large part to its dominali~oflhe relay events. The Bombe<Jiiron the 200 medley and free relaJ:·tbanks to strong legs in both b!~or Pete Carothers. : ..e~dually, Carothers moved c!Oillto his third-straight state title b-tfie 100 butterfly with a victorious 5o:3tt The Stanford-bound senior :Uso turned in a runner-up finish in the-tO@ freestyle (46.48). : •f'4ariemont's Nick Thoman cemfnted his status as the favorite for the~DO' backstroke next week with ji ~tme-best 49.88. Sycamore junior H~ameris did the same in the loo ~re~ststroke.His 56.89 missed lhe?mfuict mark by 4/10ths of a ~con d. • TheJ9P three in each event qualify,.for~e state tournament next Friida:land Saturday in Canton. \ ~

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Girls swimming preview

Top names gone, but top teams same Ursuline, St. Ursula class of area as programs seek new standouts By John Schutte The Cincinnati Enquirer

Big meets

Best of theWest, Dec. 18; Larry Local girls swimming might Lyons Invitational, Jan. 3; Southhave a different look this season. west Classic, Jan. 17-18. Ursuline, which has won four Division I state championships un- Tournament trail der coach Tim Beerman and finSectionals, Feb. 9-14, Keating ished second to Upper Arlington Natatorium; district, Feb. 16-21, last season, and St. Ursula will be Miami; state, Feb. 26-28, Canton. the teams to beat. But after that, it might be anyone's guess. Returning state qualifiers 'The quality of girls swimming Divisioo I Diving: Jennifer Funch (UrSuline); Gina Sylvester will be lower around Cincinnati un- · (Sycamore); Aimee Sundberg (Ursuline) 50 free: Tiffany Lipan (Ursuline); Abby Cooper like the last couple of years," An- (Ursuline); Amy Krone (Sycamore); Monica Foley(Pnnceton) derson coach Ed Bachman said. 100 free: Alex Doyle (St. Ursula); Shannon Grace (St. Ursula); Sarah Schnieber (St. Ursula); Suzanne Wight 'We don't have a large amount of (Sycamore); Amy Krone (Sycamore); Courtney Siemer (Sycamore) superstars retufl$g." 200 free: Ellie Miller (Anderson); laura Tomes Ursuline returns two of the top (Anderson); Jenny Hagen (Ursuline) 500 freestyle: Ellie Miller (Anderson); laura Tomes (Anderson); Meaghan swimmers and divers in the area. Stakelin (Ursuline); Nina Beary (Mount Notre Dame) 100 backstroke: Megan Nunn (Loveland); Melissa King Tiffany Lipari placed third at state (Masonr, Lauren Bernstein (Sycamore); Danielle in the 100 breaststroke and was on Borgemenke (Oak Hills); Grace Denny (Sycamore) 100 breaststroke: Shannon Grace (St. Ursula); Tiffany two second-place relay teams. Ab- Lipan (Ursuline); Abby Cooper (Ursuline); Sarah Niklas Jennifer Witte (Sycamore) by Cooper qualified to state in four (St. Ursula); 100 butterfly: Alex Doyle (St. Ursula); Jill Winhusen events, finishing fifth in the 100 (Mount Notre Dame); Elisabeth Stan (lakota West); Sarah (Sl Ursula) breaststroke and second as part of Schnieber 200 IM: Kim Albin (Talawanda); Courtney Siemer (Sycamore); Elisabeth Stan (lakota West); Jennifer Witte the 200 freestyle relay. (Sycamore); Lauren Hewes (Mason) Sophomores Jennifer Funch 200 free relay: Ursuline (Tiffany Lipan, Jenny Hagen, Abby Cooper); St. Ursula (Alex Doyle, Shannon Grace, Sarah and Aimee Sundberg lead in div- Schnieber); Anderson (Ellie Miller, Allison Klus, laura Sycamore (Suzanne Wight. Grace Denny, Amy ing. Funch finished fourth and Tomes); Krone}; Princeton (Anna Foster, Rachel Pearson, Monica Sundberg eighth at state. Foley, caroline Mciver) 400 free relay: St. Ursula (Alex Doyle, Shannon Grace); St. Ursula, Sycamore, Ander- Ursuline (Jenny Hagen, Abby Cooper); Sycamore (Suzanne Wight. Siemer, Amy Krone); Anderson (laura son, Princeton and Mason will Tomes, Courtney Kaue Chute, Ellie Miller); Oak Hills (Skye Siemer, challenge Ursuline. Danielle Borgemenke); Princeton (Anna Foster, Rachel Monica Foley, Caroline Mciver); Mason (Sarah First-year coach Will Russo Pearson, Griffiths, lauren Hewes); lakota West (Elisabeth Stan, Chelsea Grabarz , Caroline Reed) takes over St. Ursula's program, 200 medley relay: Ursuline (Tiffany Lipan, Jenny which finished fifth at state last Hagen); Sycamore (lauren Bernstein, Jennifer Witte, Courtney Siemer, Grace Denny); Mt. Notre Dame (Nicole season and boasts 16 freshmen. Winhusen, Jill Winhusen, Jill Pez); Mason (Rhiannon Schwartz), Lauren Hewes, Sarah Gnffiths); lakota West Shannon Grace and Alex Doyle (Jessica Burke, Elisabeth Stan, Chelsea Grabarz); Pnnceton are the most experienced swim- ' (Monica Foley, Jillian Streitrnarter) \ Division II mers, but Russo said freshmen EDiving:" Ann Kenny (Indian Hill); Brittany Hill (Indian Hill); Rachel Koscianski (Wyoming); Leigh Ebelhar mily Berger, Ashley Miller, Ash- (Manemont) ley Sohngen and Kelsey Vehr 50 free: Aly Schmidt (Kings); Abby Roe (Indian Hill) 100 free: Ashlee Edgell (Madeira); Christina Person could make St. Ursula a force. (Turpin); Usa Hirtzel (Wyoming); Allie Horvath (Badin); (CHCA) Sycamore returns several state Nicole200Summers free: Sarah Bockstiegel (Madeira) qualifiers. Senior Gina Sylvester 500 free: Sarah Bockstiegel (Madeira) 100 backstroke: Kasey Carpenter (CHCA); Aly Schmidt finished fifth in diving. Suzanne (Kings); Amanda Herd (CHCA); Allie Horvath (Badin); Claire (Indian Hill) Wight, Courtney Siemer, ·Amy Ballard 100 breaststroke: Christina Person (Turpin); Carolyn Krone, Jennifer Witte, Lauren Shlnsato (Batavia); Carolyn Rauen [Turpin) 100 butterfly: Kasey Carpenter (CHCA); Natalie D~uela Bernstein and Grace Denny re- (Madeira);. Gaby Buckner (Wyoming); Kristin Raab (WaynesviHe) turn on relay teams. 200 IM: Ashlee Edgell (Madeira); Holly Shafer Anderson's top two swimmers (Wyoming) 200 free relay: Madeira (Ashlee Edgell, Natalie are gone, but "this is our best O~uela); Wyoming (Rachel Kosclanskl, Ashley Home, Holly Shafer, Usa Hirtzel); Turpin (Olivia Peppers, Clanssa freshman class since 1997," Bach- Peppers, Cllnstina Person); Manemont (Undsey Moore, man srud. Emma Castator) 400 free relay: Madeira (Natalie Oduela, Ashlee In Division II, Indian Hill is Edgell); CHCA (Amanda Herd, Kelsie Ebeny, Nicole Summers, Kasey Carpenter); Indian Hill (Claire Ballard, Abby coming off a second-place finish at Roe); Manemont (Undsey Moore), laura Carrigan state. Divers Ann Kenny and Brit200 medley relay: Indian Hill (Claire Ballard, Jamie Rodnguez, Abby Roe); CHCA (Kasey Carpenter, Amanda tany Hill finished second qnd Topits, Amanda Herd, Nicole Summers); Turpin (Enca Woebse, Carolyn Rauen, Olivia Peppers, Christina Person); fourth. Wyoming (Kathenne Simone, Holly Shafer, Gaby Buckner, Kasey Carpenter from Cincin- Usa Hirtzel) nati Hills Christian Academy is the only returning state champion. Carpenter won the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly as a freshman. Other top talents in the area: • Aly Schmidt (Kings) finished third in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. • Ashlee Edgell (Madeira) finished second in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 100 freestyle as a freshman.


THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

Boys swimming preview

THOMAS E. WITIE for the Enquirer

St. Xavier's Pete Carothers {left} and Kit French will attempt to defend their individual state championships- and the team title.

St. X 'weaker' by its standards But Bombers still have enough talent to win another state championship By John Schutte 111f Cincimzati Enquirer

Although St. Xavier returns only six state qualifiers this season, the fewest of any of its swim teams in almost 10 years, the Bombers remain the team to beat in Cincinnati. "St. Xavier is a little weaker than in past years, but they are still heads above the rest," Anderson swim coach Ed Bachman said. St. Xavier finished last season ranked No.1 by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association and No.2 by Swim World magazine and is favored to repeat as state champ. It has won 25 state titles since 1970 and 10 under coach Jim Brower. The Bombers were rich with se. nior talent last season and need to reload. Gone are All-Americans Kyle Ransom, Scott Tanner and Rich Goettke. "This year's team has plenty of tale·nt but lacks the state meet experience that has been key to our success over the years. The key to this ·years success lies with our se. niors;:· Brower said. · Leading St. Xavier is one of the · best swimmers in the nation. AllAmerica standout Pete Carothers is a two-time defending state champion in the 100 butterfly. He posted the third-best high school time {48.66; top was 47.71) in the nation, according to the NISCA He also .finished second (1:40.25) at state in the 200 freestyle. Carothers has committed to Stanford, one of the top college programs in the country. Joining Carothers as a returning state champion and an All-America swimmer is Kit French. French won the 100 backstroke, finished fourth in the 100 freestyle and was also part of two winning relays. John Becker (500 freestyle) and Jared Wagster (100 breaststroke) were named All-Americans after . n:aking the state finals. Relay team member Evan Lindenschmidt is St. Xavier's fifth AllAmerican.

"We have about a dozen guys that could contribute on a state level," Brower said. Sycamore, Oak Hills, Anderson, Wyoming and Turpin are strong but lack the depth to win a state title. Wyoming finished third at state last season but graduated four of its top five swimmers. Turpin might have one of the upand-coming teams in the area. Kyle Greene, Matt Berger and Hank Browning will lead the Spartans. Other top local talents: • Nick Thoman (Mariemont) finished seventh in the 100 backstroke as a sophomore and second last season. • Kevin Nead (CHCA) finished third at state in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. • Sean Davis (Anderson) finished fourth at state in the 500 freestyle. • Michael Guilfoil (Anderson) finished third in diving.

Big meets Best of the West, Dec. 18; Larry Lyons Invitational, Jan. 3; Southwest Classic, Jan. 17-18.

Tournament trail Sectionals, Feb. 9-14, Keating Natatorium; district, Feb. 16-21, Miami; state, Feb. 26-28, Canton.

Returning state qualifiers Diving: Gu.~o:i (Aoder5on); Nick McMahon (La Sal' e) 50 free: rt.att S!n1cker (Badin); S~~~e Vent.l:s w:·rord) 100 free: Frer.t:ll (St X"':er); Vectus (lt.':for.l) 200 free: C1lro:lles (S:. Xav:er); Browning(Turp'n); Davis (Ande:son); Bet<e' (St 1\av:er) 500 free: rie£d (CHCA); Davis (Andef50n); Browoi"g (Turpin); Becke' (St 1\av.er); J'm N'ergarth (St Xa1·ier) 100 backstroke: F-enth (St XD\ier); Thoman (Mariemont); Chrcs del C.rr.J!O Hartman (Princeton); Undensthm;~~ (St Xa<ier): t!.att Angelini (t•oeller) 100 breaststroke: Wa113~r (St Xavier); Heath Tamerls (Sycamo:e) 100 butterfly: caro:lles (St Xavier); Ph:l:ip Roebuck (Wyoming); Wren DJp-e (rt.a,:emont); Thoman (Mariemont); Sam Graess:e (l(onll3) 200 IM: r;ead (CHCA); Roebuck (Wyoming); Tameris (Sycamore); lim 1\T!iams (EI~er); Undenschmidt (St Xarier) 200 free relay: St Xa;•ier (Undenschmld~ C.rothers); Wyoming (Roeb,tk); Turp•n (Bro•m:ng, Greene, Robby Jackson, Berge;); La Sa:'e (Glassmeyer, Lobaugh) 400 free relay: St Xavier (French, Carothers); Wyoming (Roeb,cl<); Turp•n (Brown•ng, Greene, Jac!Gon, Berger); Mariemont (Thnman, Chase Thomas, Dan Austin, Dupre); Syca'11ore (Roben Truax. Tamerts, Stott Keller); Oak Hl!ls (Andy D;lz, Dustin t/tHJgll, Aody Gantzer); Lakota West (Kyle Cuthbert, Dustin Anderson) 200 medley relay: St 1\arier (French, Wag,"ter); . Sycamore (Joey V.rooe, Ta.,en;, Greg Bieler); Lakota West (Cut~bort A'ex H~;·.:n); La Sa::e (Matt Lobaugh. Da\'0 Glassmeyer)

Moeller High School 2003-04 Swimming & Diving Articles  
Moeller High School 2003-04 Swimming & Diving Articles