CINCINNATI — Butler swimmers joined 3,000 high school swimmers to compete at the Southwest Classic Jan. 16-17 and came away with several podium placements, personal records and even a first place finish.
Senior Tommy Cope won the 100 free in 45.35 seconds. Cope just missed a second win, taking 2nd in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.44. Bellbrook’s Cody Bybee just edged Cope out to win the event with a time of 49.91. The Butler senior also took third in the 200 free in 1:40:35 and fourth in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:52.53.
Video of Cope’s win in the 100 meter freestyle is below (Cope is in lane 4):
Cope joined Brendan Shanahan, Colin Wolfe and Ian Barrett for the boys’ relay events. The foursome finished 11th in the 200 medley 1:42.25, 12th in the 400 free in 3:20.54 and 13th in the 200 free in 1:30.89.
Wolfe, a sophomore, had great individual finishes as well. He had a fifth place finish in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 29.75, a ninth in the 50 butterfly in :25.18. He also placed 14th in the 100 IM in :59.65. Fellow sophomore Shanahan was 13th in the 100 IM in :59.56.
On the girls’ side, sophomore Sydney Baker placed eighth in the 50 breaststroke with a personal record time of 34.49 seconds. In the 50 backstroke, junior Elaine Dean posted a personal record time of 30.07 to finish in ninth place.
This year was the 33rd for the Southwest Classic. Preliminaries were held at nine pools with all finals at the Keating Natatorium at St. Xavier High School.