Brooke Forde Has Roller Coaster Prelims Session at KY State Champs

Kentucky High School State Championships

  • February 23rd (diving), 24th (prelims) & 25th (finals)
  • Single Classification
  • Ralph Wright Natatorium, University of Louisville
  • Live results on Meet Mobile: 2017 KHSAA Championships

While her future Stanford teammates are crushing records at the Pac-12 Championships, Sacred Heart senior Brooke Forde had an up-and-down prelims session at the Kentucky High School State Championships on Friday.

In her first individual event, the 200 free, she swam a 1:45.03 to break her own state record of 1:46.76 set at last year’s championship meet. That makes her the top seed for Saturday’s finals ahead of Notre Dame Academy’s Sophie Skinner, who was 1:47.82.

The swim was not only Forde’s high school best, but it was also her lifetime best in the event.

In her second swim of the session, Forde also took the top seed with a 4:47.08 in the 500 free – but that position was not as smoothly earned. An official mistakenly rang the ‘final lap’ bell in Forde’s lane at the 400 yard mark, instead of the ascribed 450 yard mark. As a result, Forde swam into the wall and stopped 50 yards early at 4:11.1. After officials finally convinced her to keep swimming, she touched in 4:47 – but was on pace for a 4:38 or 4:39.

Ultimately, she still shook out in the top position, which gives her a chance in Saturday’s finals at Leah Stevens’ State Record of 4:43.38 in that event.

Stevens was also the butterflier on Sacred Heart’s top-qualifying 200 medley relay, splitting 24.71 en route to a team 1:45.28. Her 4th swim came in the 400 free relay, where she split 50.23 to anchor another top-qualifying Sacred Heart relay, swimming with Tonner DeBeer, Sophia Miller, and Allison Bauer. DeBeer led off in 50.83 and as a group they swam 3:26.77.

Sacred Heart is chasing a 5th-straight Kentucky State title.

Other Top Qualifiers Out of Prelims:

  • 200 IM – Samantha Glass, Notre Dame Academy, 2:02.88
  • 50 free – Gabriela Albiero, Christian Academy – Louisville, 23.24
  • 100 fly – Gabriela Albiero, Christian Academy – Louisville, 54.53
  • 100 free – Sophie Skinner, Notre Dame Academy – 50.58
  • 200 free relay – duPont Manual – 1:38.18
  • 100 back – Tonner DeBeer, Sacred Heart Academy – 55.53
  • 100 breast – Kaylee Wheeler, Louisville Collegiate High School – 1:02.82

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bobo gigi
3 years ago

Brooke will break the 400 IM American record very soon at Stanford.
It would be cool if she qualified for next world championships. I saw her swim at last world cups and she fought very well against Hosszu. No weak strokes. A very good second part of race. She has a bright international future ahead of her.

Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

She’s got a lot of competition to just be the best 400 IMer at Stanford, let alone in the world!

Ruth-Ann Bode
3 years ago

Braden Keith – last night it was great fun watching Brooke smash the 500 free record set by her former SHA teammate and friend, Leah Stevens – soon to be her teammate again at Stanford! As I suspected as I watched the times come up on the board, she had also set a new Ralph Wright Natatorium pool record as well with her 4:39.87 finish time. Thanks for all your superior coverage of swimming! Looking forward to your future articles.

Swimming official, swimming mom, and masters swimmer – Ruth-Ann Bode

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