Ten State Records, One National Rewritten at OHSAA Division 1 State

2019 Ohio High School State Championships

The 2019 OHSAA State Championships was wicked fast: a total of ten Division I state records were broken throughout the course of the meet, one of which was a national high school record. The meet was packed, too – in fact, part of the reason why the state meet is held at Canton is because it has more spectator seating than any other pool in Ohio.

Photo courtesy of: Ken Heis

Girls Meet

Defending OHSAA Division I state champs Mason High School was challenged from the get-go by North Canton Hoover. Though the lead shifted back and forth between the two across the course of the meet, it was ultimately Mason High School that claimed their second straight state team title – even without winning a single individual event. The Mason Comets barely edged out North Canton Hoover in the final team scores, 204 to 201.

North Canton kickstarted their state meet campaign with an impressive showing in the 200 medley relay. The Vikings relay team of Caitlin Cronin, Maya Lewis, Parker Timken and Caroline Ehlers touched first in a time of 1:41.02, breaking the state record of 1:41.88 set by Upper Arlington in 2017.

In the 50 free, North Canton picked up a ton of points thanks to a 1-2 finish by seniors Parker Timken and Caroline Ehlers, clocking times of 22.61 and 23.03. Timken went on to double up with another victory in the 100 free, claiming the top spot with a 49.65 – the only swimmer under 50 seconds.

Ursuline Academy senior Megan Glass, who in 2017 tied Maddie Martin‘s now eight year old state record of 53.34 in the 100 fly, has become the sole occupant of that 100 fly record. She won the event in a final time of 53.31, over a second ahead of the rest of the field. Earlier in the meet, Glass was victorious in the 200 free, topping the competition with a 1:47.77.

Junior Paige McCormick of Hudson earned an individual victory in the 500 free, stopping the clock at 4:48.90, which is over a six second drop from her third place finishing time from last year of 4:55.15.

North Canton and Mason again went 1-2 in the 200 freestyle relay – the quartet of Caroline Ehlers, Reagan St Clair, Kate Lochridge and Parker Timken combine for a final time of 1:32.43, touching ahead of the 1:33.21 from Mason’s squad.

The last state record of the girls meet was achieved by Brecksville senior Hannah Bach. Though Bach was seeded with a time of 59.54, which is well under the state record of 1:00.75 she established last year; she ended up lowering it even further in finals, taking the top spot with a 59.29.

Winning the final contested event of the meet was New Albany’s 400 free relay team consisting of Lexi Elkovitch, Olivia Horovka and sisters Mia and Ava Lachey. They earned a final time of 3:25.92.

North Canton Hoover’s 400 free relay ended up placing seventh in the finals – and even though Mason’s relay was DQ’d in the morning, and therefore couldn’t score points in the final, they still managed to lock in the team title.

Other Event Winners:

  • Dublin Coffman sophomore Ellie Andrews was the only competitor to break the 2:00 barrier in the 200 IM, narrowly out-touching senior Felicia Pasadyn of Brunswick, 1:59.73 to 2:00.08.
  • Pasadyn would later emerge victorious in the 100 backstroke, taking the event in a time of 53.31 – identical to the winning 100 fly time.
  • In the diving, West Claremont senior Morgan Southall tallied a final score of 479.55 to clinch the win over fellow senior Maycey Vieta out of Gahanna Lincoln, who earned a total 474.40.

Top 5 Teams:

  1. Mason – 204
  2. North Canton Hoover – 201
  3. Hudson – 165
  4. Dublin Coffman – 160
  5. Upper Arlington – 155.5

Boys Meet

Saint Xavier has a rich program history of Division I state titles – coming into the meet on a ten year win-streak, as well as 39 total state team championships. Similarly to last year, they are rivaled by a team backed a lot of star power: Sycamore’s Carson Foster and Jake Foster. Despite the five collective event victories that the brothers accrued, St Xavier remained relentless; taking home their 11th straight state crown with a final score of 310, well ahead of Sycamore’s 240.

Responding to the 200 medley relay state record on the girls side, the Sycamore boys set a 200 medley relay state record of their own. Lead off by the Foster brothers, with teammates Ansel Froass and Elliott Carl holding down the back-end, the team touched in a time of 1:28.48.

The old state record was held by St Xavier at 1:29.66 from 2017 – this year, St Xavier finished second to Sycamore in a time of 1:28.94, also under their old record.

Following up on his morning 200 free, in which his 1:33.38 broke his own state record of 1:34.19, Carson Foster broke the national high school record with a time of 1:32.99. The junior took down Trey Freeman‘s year old national record of 1:33.09.

That time would currently rank 10th in the NCAA this year, including the times posted at the SEC meet; and is the 3rd fastest time in the USA Swimming SWIMS database for the 17-18 age group, with Foster having an additional year remaining in the age group.

Older brother Jake Foster swam the exact same time in both prelims and finals in the 200 IM – a 1:43.99, which obliterated the previous record of 1:46.58 set by Cooper Hodge in 2016.

Mason junior Adam Chaney rewrote the record books in both the 50 and 100 freestyles during the preliminaries, posting times of 19.69 and 43.27. In finals, he took wins in both of the events, touching slightly slower at 19.79 and 43.67. Leading off Mason’s 200 free relay in finals, however, Chaney lowered his 50 free record to a blistering 19.64.

St Xavier collected a relay victory in the men’s 200 free relay – JP Khouzam, Owen Taylor, Ian Van Gorp and John-Pierre Khouzam touched the wall first in a time of 1:22.69 over North Canton’s 1:23.03.

In his second individual event, the 100 back, Carson Foster annihilated Justin Grender’s old state record of 47.39, posting a 46.28 in the preliminaries. He later secured the victory in finals, recording a 46.62 – marking the only two 46s in OHSAA history.

As if the two brothers were destined to follow each other up, Jake Foster took down the 100 breast state record of 54.35 held by Ross Palazzo, registering a scorching 53.31 during the heats. Jake added a bit in finals, but easily managed to net his second state title with a 53.76.

Though Sycamore’s 400 free relay – comprised of the Foster brothers, as well as Noah Patterson and Ansel Froass – took the win over St Xavier’s, 2:59.97 to 3:01.79, the team championship had long been secured for St Xavier. This marks their 40th title in program history.

Other Event Winners:

  • St Xavier got an individual title out of junior Jean-Pierre Khouzam in the 100 fly. He touched the wall in a swift 47.21, over a second ahead of the rest of the field.
  • Jacob McDonald, a junior out of Liberty Township, posted a dominant win in the 500 free; his 4:22.17 was easily ahead of St Xavier senior Grady Wheeler‘s 4:25.94 for second.
  • Shaker Heights senior Lyle Yost claimed the top spot in the men’s 1m diving event, amassing a final score of 571.20 points.

Top 5 Teams:

  1. St Xavier – 310
  2. Sycamore – 240
  3. St Francis De Sales – 159
  4. Mason – 151
  5. North Canton Hoover – 144

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5 years ago

It’s Swimming AND DIVING, just a mention of the diving competition would be greatly appreciated by many,

Reply to  Ben
4 years ago

they did mention diving..

An official
5 years ago

It was truly an epic meet. The best part about it from my observation on deck was the interactions between the athletes, be they St. X or Sycamore or Hudson or Mason or Hoover…..they were FOR each other. They were genuinely happy for the record breakers. They were tough competitors but they were not wishing someone else to not do well. I overhead so many conversations. It was encouraging all the way around.

Scott Goodpaster
5 years ago

Soooo the Mason Manta Rays won?

Reply to  Scott Goodpaster
5 years ago

No. St xavier won
Club teams don’t count for state meet

We know u rep the fosters. Thought u worked for marlins?

Reply to  Doconc
5 years ago

Nope. The Rays won

Reply to  Scott Goodpaster
5 years ago

Even with Chaney’s points, SycaRays still don’t outscore St. Xavier. This is a pointless, fanboi comment.

Reply to  FletchMacFletch
5 years ago

What about the points from St.X that are from Manta Ray Swimmers?

Reply to  MIKEY
5 years ago

None of the St. X kids train with Mason during the year…that’s what makes St. X a TEAM and their coaches real high school coaches. Your argument is ridiculous, just like you changing user names every post.

Reply to  FletchMacFletch
5 years ago

You guys need to stop doing this every time Ohio High School swimming comes up. It’s not a good look for anybody.

Reply to  FletchMacFletch
5 years ago

What if you count McDonald’s points as well?

Reply to  FletchMacFletch
5 years ago

The St. X Kids train with Mason from end of Feb – beginning of Dec. So if that isn’t during the year, I don’t know what is. Manta Rays are doing something right in Mason. 80 of St. X’s points were from Rays……just saying

5 years ago

Of course, the RAYS would win a High School championship. They would probably beat the Dayton Raiders and Cincinnati Marlins as well. They are top 5 swim club team in the country. But, they have no standing in Ohio high school swimming and are rightly not mentioned in the article above….

5 years ago

errata: st Xavier 301 in free relay. it was close. khouzam 43 sec split as well

Reply to  doconc
5 years ago

The results link indicate that the Finals times were: Sycamore 2:59.97 and St Xavier 3:01.79. It appears that Swimswam referenced the Prelims times.