Swimming and Diving


Swim Coach: Seth Jansen
Dive Coach: Allyson Heger

The team practices at the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Scott High School.

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2017 State Swimming and Diving Results

Gus Staubitz became the first person in Holy Cross history to win an individual state title by capturing the diving championship on Saturday, February 25. Gus held a large lead after the first round of dives on Friday, only to increase that lead through the final round on Saturday. He put an exclamation point on the title with a 41 point final dive! View his final dive here.
Teammate Owen Finke finished in 9th place. Emma Lehmkuhl finished in 15th place for the girls.
Diving coach Allyson Heger was named Outstanding Diving Coach! Congratulations.
For the swimmers, Megan Nielander was 14th in the 50 free, and 16th in the 100 free.
On the boys side, Matt Allen finished 22nd in the 500 free, while Archer Adams finished 40th in the 50 free.
The boys 200 free relay and 400 free relay teams came in 27th and 28th, respectively.
See the story on here.
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2016 State Swimming and Diving Results

Among the divers, Gus Staubitz finished in 5th place followed closely by Owen Finke in 6th place.
Diving coach Allyson Heger was named State Boys Diving Coach of the Year! Congratulations.
The girls relay team of Mady Broering, Grace Kahmann, Madison Lipscomb, Megan Nielander, Kiley Hobbs, Chloe Kresnak, Madison Woods, Sarah Herzog finished 35th in the 200 free relay setting a school record in the process.
The girls relay team of Mady Broering, Grace Kahmann, Madison Lipscomb, Megan Nielander, Sarah Herzog, Kiley Hobbs, Chloe Kresnak, Hannah Wynn finished 33rd in the 400 free relay.
Megan Nielander finished 15th in 50 free and 17th in 100 free.

Team scores:
Boys finished 20th (4th among NKY teams)
Girls finished 36th (8th among NKY teams)
Combined 23rd (4th among NKY teams)

HC Swim and Dive Members Qualify for State

Congratulations on an absolutely amazing team effort at Regionals at this past weekend. The show of support by the team members for each other and by the parents was impressive. Holy Cross did a great job hosting the Regional Dive meet. Thank you to all of the parents and students that volunteered time and food for hospitality.

Congrats to Gus Staubitz whose 2nd place Regional finish snags him the spot as the school’s first automatic bid qualifier for state and team record!
Owen Finke was right there 20 points behind him finishing 3rd in the region.
Emma Lehmkuhl and Chloe Kresnak rounded out diving finishing 10th and 17th respectively.
Emma broke the team record with a 334.50

Swimming had its best individual run at Regionals returning six individuals to either the consolation heat or finals heat.

Megan Nielander – 4th in 50 free and 7th in 100 free – both team records
Mike Ackley – 13th in 50 free (team record) and 11th in 100 back
Matthew Allen – 10th in 200 free (team record) and 12th in 500 free
Mady Broering – 14th in 200 free and 16th in 500 Free
Madison Lipscomb – 15th in 200 free
Chloe Kresnak – 16th in 100 free

The boy’s medley relay of Michael Ackley, Sam Pullen, Matthew Allen, Archer Adams and Dom Hassert was the 1st Holy Cross relay to compete in the finals heat since 2005. (It was a 400 Free relay which your coach swam in high school posting an impressive 1:13.77 for his part.)

Hannah Wynn dropped and amazing 12 seconds total on the weekend between 200 free and 100 breast.
Sarah Herzog, Kiley Hobbs, Dom Hasset, and Michael Litteral all dropped time in 50 free.

State Qualifiers

All those listed below qualify to go to state at UofL Feb 25th-27th
Gus Staubitz1M diving – automatic
Owen Finke1 M diving
Megan Nielander50 Free (seeded 15th) and 100 Free (seeded 20th)

Girls 200 Free Relay (seeded 39th)
Mady Broering, Grace Kahmann, Madison Lipscomb, Megan Nielander, Kiley Hobbs, Chloe Kresnak, Madison Woods, Sarah Herzog

Girls 400 Free Relay (seeded 32nd)
Mady Broering, Grace Kahmann, Madison Lipscomb, Megan Nielander, Sarah Herzog, Kiley Hobbs, Chloe Kresnak, Hannah Wynn

These will be the first relay teams in team school history that get to swim at state.

Chloe Kresnak, Hannah Wynn, Kiley Hobbs, Sarah Herzog, and Madison Woods are also designated as relay alternates.

Holy Cross Swimming and Diving wins Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Div. II
Megan Nielander and Michael Ackley made history when they were named competitors of the meet on Saturday at the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference meet held at Scott High School. The girls team won their division and the boys were runner-up. The team won the combined championship. It is the first conference championship in school history!

Juniors Megan Nielander and Michael Ackley both were double conference champions with Megan winning 50 Free and 100 Free and Michael 50 Free and 100 back. Freshman Matthew Allen was also conference champion in 200 Free and 500 Free. Mady Broering registered a conference championship win in the 500 Free. Seniors Madison Lipscomb and Grace Kahmann along with junior Chloe Kresnak scored 2nd place finishes in 200 Free, 100 Free, 100 Fly, and 100 back. Divers Emma Lehmkuhl and Owen Finke recorded 2nd place finishes with Gus Staubitz finishing third.

Sam Pullen, Dominic Hassert, Archer Adams, and Michael Litteral contributed to help win the 200 medley and 200 free relay.

Sophmores Sarah Herzog, Hannah Wynn and Kiley Hobbs helped the girls team sweep all three relay events.

Congratulations to the Holy Cross Swim and Dive Team!!

2015 State Swimming and Diving Results

Congratulations to the swimming and diving team on wrapping up their season this past weekend at the KHSAA State Meet at the University of Louisville. Megan Nielander became the first female Holy Cross state particpant in school history! She broke the team record finishing 16th in 50 freestyle and 22nd in 100 free. Gus Staubitz, Owen Finke, and Trevor Buescher competed for boy’s diving and Emma Lehmkuhl for girl’s diving. Gus finished 9th and Owen 13th overall. As a team the boys finished 27th overall, the girls 34th, and combined 23rd out of 79 competing teams. Congratulations to the other state qualifers Madison Lipscomb, Grace Kahmann, Sydney Robke, Dani Bradford and especially the seniors Audrey Barth, Hannah Morehead, and Susie Gripshover.
Also congratulations to coaches Alyson Heger and Seth Jansen.


Swim and Dive Team Set Records at Regional

The Holy Cross Swimming and Diving team competed at the Region 4 Championships on Friday and Saturday. The meet was an outstanding success with the program netting its first state competitors ever in swimming while also sending down four divers to the KHSAA State Championships on Feb 26-28 at the University of Louisville. Combined the boys and girls finished 8th overall, the highest team finish in the history of the program. Head Coach Seth Jansen was named the Girls Regional Coach of the Year. The team was led by state bound Megan Nielander finishing 5th in the 50 Free and 100 Free while also breaking the school records.


Gus Staubitz, a new school record holder, and Owen Finke placed 5th and 6th respectively in 1M diving. The team also had contributions from divers Trevor Buescher and Emma Lehmkuhl finishing 11th and 12th. All four will compete at the state meet.
The record breaking, 8th place finishing, 200 free relay consisting of Madison Lipscomb, Audrey Barth, Susie Gripshover, and Megan Nielander will also compete at the state meet.
Michael Ackley contributed by breaking the 50 Free and 100 Free school records.
Audrey Barth was named the recipient of the Mike Bresser Sportsmanship Award.
New team records:
1m Diving – Gus Staubitz (398)
Girls 200 Medley relay – Grace Kahmann, Madison Lipscomb, Megan Nielander, Susie Gripshover
Girls 200 Free relay – Madison Lipscomb, Audrey Barth, Susie Gripshover, Megan Nielander.
Girls 50 Free – Megan Nielander
Girls 100 Free – Megan Nielander
Boys 50 Free – Michael Ackley
Boys 100 Free – Michael Ackley
Girls Regional Coach of the Year – Seth Jansen
Mike Bresser Sportsmanship Award – Audrey Barth
8th place finish by girls team ties highest finish ever
8th place combined finish is the team’s highest finish ever.

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2013-2014 Team Highlights

  • Gus Staubitz and Owen Finke finished 9th and 15th at State Diving – 1st ever qualifiers
  • Allyson Heger was named the 2014 KHSAA State Dive Coach of the Year (4 time recipient)
  • Rebecca Thaman received the Region 4 Sportsmanship Award – voted on by officials
  • Rebecca Thaman received Forcht Bank Uncommon Excellence Award – State Sportsmanship Award
  • Rebecca Thaman was named a 2014 NISCA Academic All-American

Girl’s Team

  • 1st place at Holy Cross Invitational, January Invite, Dixie Sprint Meet, Gold Medal Meet, Covington City Championship, January Small Team Invite
  • 8th Place at Regionals – Highest Finish Ever

Boy’s Team

  • 2nd Place at Scott Eagle Diving Classic, Freshman Regionals, 3rd at January Invite
  • 16th Place at Regionals
  • 31st Place at State

Combined Team

  • 2nd at Scott Eagle Diving Classic

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