Kentucky LSC State Short Course Championship – Boys Meet
- March 19-21, 2021
- Blairwood Tennis, Swim and Fitness Club, Louisville, KY
- Short Course Yards (25 yards)
The Kentucky State Boys Short Course Championship was held this past weekend in Louisville and saw fast swims by Kentucky’s best age-group swimmers. The girls swam a week earlier, with the meet being split across two weekends to reduce the number of individuals in the facility at one time as part of the LSC’s COVID safety plan.
Jack Anderson, a 2022 commit to Notre Dame, was the high-point winner for the boys 15 & over age group. Anderson, who swims with Lakeside Swim Team, had six top-3 finishes over the weekend. His lone win came in the 400 IM where he battled with Jackson Millard of Kentucky Aquatics to win in 3:52.03 to Millard’s 3:53.78 as the only two swimmers to break 4:00 in the event.
In the 100 breaststroke, the top two swimmers were separated by only .12 seconds. Will Scholtz of Lakeside won with a best time of 54.45. Luke Shourds of Race Aquatics was just behind in 54.56.
That was Scholtz’s first of three wins on the weekend. He would be one of two swimmers under 2:00 in the 200 breast where he set a new best with his first place time of 1:58.32.
Scholtz and Anderson would square-off in the 200 IM where the two would finish within a tenth of each other. Scholtz would get his hand to the wall first with a best time of 1:48.57. Anderson had a best time of his own in 1:48.65.
The 200 backstroke would see five swimmers under 1:50 in the final. Jackson Mussler, a Lakeside swimmer and Kentucky commit for the fall, would win by over two seconds with a time of 1:45.23. That moves Mussler up to 26th in the country for the boys 17-18 200 back. Millard was second in 1:47.79 with Charlie Crush of Lakeside in third in 1:48.99.
Crush, a high school junior who will be staying local to attend Louisville, picked up five top-3 finishes of his own. Crush moved up to win the 100 back with a personal best of 48.22 ahead of his younger brother Johnny Crush who placed second in 49.21. The older Crush would win the 100 fly by over a second with a best time of 48.27.
The 50 free saw two swimmers under the 21 second mark. Shourds took the win in 20.87 just ahead of Robert Ehrenborg of Cardinal Aquatics in 20.94. Charlie Crush was third in 21.00.
The 200 butterfly featured four swimmers under 1:50 with the second through fourth place swimmers separated by .34 seconds. Mussler would win by nearly two seconds in 1:47.99. This was a hair off his best of 1:47.92 from just a few weeks ago. He would be followed by fellow Lakeside swimmers Conner Kang (1:49.64), Anderson (1:49.88), and Alex Brehm (1:49.98).
Thomas Mercer of Lakeside led the boys 13-14 age group. Mercer had six event wins with six best times. He ranks in the top 100 in the 13-14 age group this year in the following events:
- 400 IM – 4:06.95 (24th nationally)
- 200 IM – 1:56.15 (38th)
- 200 free – 1:45.42 (64th)
- 200 back – 1:55.48 (62nd)
- 500 free – 4:46.20 (71st)
- 100 back – 53.72 (94th)
Other notable swims
- Joshua Northrup of Lakeside won both the 100 and 200 butterfly in the 13-14 age group. His time of 52.81 in the 100 ranks him 86th in the country while his 200 time of 1:58.69 ranks him 91st.
- Noah Benton, another Lakeside swimmer, swept the boys 13-14 breaststroke events. He won the 100 in 1:00.62 while his winning time of 2:11.03 in the 200 ranks him 58th in the country this year.
- Lakeside’s Hudson Theuer won the 100 free in 51.70 and now ranks 16th in the country this year for the 11-12 age group.
- Samuel Nunez of Kentucky Aquatics swam a 5:04.00 to win the 11-12 500 free, which moves him to 12th in the country. His time of 1:52.26 in the 200 free is 10th in the country.
- Owen Durham of Lakeside ranks 12th in the country as he won the 11-12 100 breast in 1:05.36.