LOUISVILLE — Western Hills junior Sydney Sell was focusing on what might have been, and that made it a little difficult for her to appreciate what she’d done.
Sell won two medals at the KHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium, finishing as runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle.
She set personal records with her times in both events, and her time in the 100 backstroke was an automatic All-American time.
When the meet ended, Sell was named to the all-state swim team.
Sell’s time in the 100 backstroke was 54.55 seconds, and she swam the 100 freestyle in 51.67.
“I could have gone faster,” Sell said. “In the 100 free I could have gone 49 and won the whole race, and in the 100 back I could have gotten 53.
“I just got caught up in the moment.”
Sell is a member of the Lakeside swim team in Louisville, and she was runner-up to Lakeside teammate Asia Seidt of Sacred Heart in the 100 backstroke. Seidt won the race in 53.40. Taking third was Hannah Magnuson, a senior at Christian Academy of Louisville, with a time of 55.13. Magnuson, who swims with Triton Swim Club in Louisville, has signed with U of L.
Sacred Heart’s Brooke Bauer won the 100 freestyle in 50.75, and SHA ran away with the team title with 502 points. Notre Dame was runner-up with 225 points.
“The whole weekend people were saying I could win both races,” Sell said. “The pressure got to me a little bit.
“When I swim to get warmed up it’s to get my heart rate going. Today when I was warming up I was thinking about winning, and my heart rate was already up. I didn’t have to warm up at all.”
Sell improved her time in both races from Friday’s preliminaries. She was fourth in the 100 freestyle after Friday with a time of 52.18, and she posted 54.56 in the 100 backstroke, which put her in third place.
Franklin County’s Charlie Starzman swam Saturday in the consolation finals of the 100-yard breaststroke.
Starzman was 10th in the event after Friday’s preliminaries, and the top eight from Friday advanced to the championship finals.
His time Friday in the 100 breaststroke was 1:00.26, and he set a personal record in the event Saturday, finishing first in the consolation final (ninth overall) with a time of 59.88.
To advance to Saturday, swimmers must place in the top 16 of their events in Friday’s preliminaries.
Starzman swam the 200-yard IM Friday in a time of 2:03.18 and did not advance in that event.
One other FCHS swimmer and two WHHS relays swam Friday but didn’t advance.
Franklin County’s Ben Bryan competed in the 100 breaststroke and finished with a time of 1:05.13.
The Western Hills girls 200-yard medley relay team of Katherine Caldwell, Emma Silvernail, Kendall Stiens and Sell swam the race in 1:59.45, and the same four swimmers posted a time of 3:53.86 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.