By Nick Dudukovich Special Correspondent
March 1, 2014
BEAVERCREEK — Henrik Pohlmann starts his day at 4:30 a.m. and is in the pool an hour later. After school it’s not too long before he’s back in the water.
It’s a routine that repeats itself six days a week, all year long.
It may seem like a tall order to the average weekend warrior, but it’s a regimen that’s paid off for the Beavercreek High School senior.
On top of winning a state title in the 100-yard backstroke, Pohlmann was also awarded the Performance of the Swim Meet trophy—an accolade he shared with Cincinnati St. Xavier freshman Grant House — Feb. 22, at the 87th annual OHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Canton.
The accolade is comparable to being named “Mr. Football,” according to Beavercreek head coach Charlie Sliemers.
“It’s a really big deal for him and our program,” Sliemers said.
“Mr. Swimming,” as a few friends have dubbed Pohlmann, now shares the title with his brother Jack, who also received the award in 2012 after winning the 100 breaststroke.
“It really feels amazing. Going to (state) all four years and seeing the fast swimmers come through … and dreaming of being a state champion … it’s such a great experience,” Pohlmann said.
The victory wasn’t Pohlmann’s first time on the top of the podium. In 2012, he and Jack teamed up to help the 200 medley relay take first place.
But this year, Pohlmann was the Beavers’ lone representative, and he left his mark in record-setting fashion.
Pohlmann re-broke his backstroke record with a mark of 48.24-second time en route to the title, while also breaking his 100 butterfly time (49.01) and finishing second.
He’ll graduate this spring as the owner of four individual and three relay school records.
“He holds more records than anyone,” Sliemers said. “He’s been one heck of a swimmer.”
And if everything goes according to Pohlmann’s plan, this won’t be the last of his swimming success.
He’s committed to compete for the University of Virginia next season, and he’s taking some lofty aspirations with him.
“My all-time biggest dream … is to make the final heat in the Olympic trials. The top eight swimmers make it to that heat,” he said “My college dream is to be an ACC champion and hopefully one day an NCAA champion.”
• Beavercreek’s girls also had a memorable state meet, with solid performances from Jamie VanDewerker, Hannah Smith, Kelsey Paul, Emily Layne, Sara VanDewerker and Sarah Sperber. The squad finished 13th, which improved on the program’s 21st place finish from 2003.
Smith broke her record in the 100 butterfly en route to placing sixth. The junior also set a new record in the 200 butterfly.
Jamie VanDewerker, garnered the nickname, “Ironwoman” for racing eight events over two days, according to Sliemers.
Layne set the school breaststroke record, as did the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams. The 400 freestyle relay also raced, which meant the 2013-2014 campaign marked the first time the girls squad advanced all three relays to state.
• Yellow Springs freshman Olivia Chick qualified for the final heat in both her events, and took sixth in the 200 free and seventh in the 100 free.
For the boys, the area was well-represented by a couple newcomers to the state meet.
• In Division I, Xenia freshman Hank Siefert placed ninth in the 200 free and competed in the 100 free.
In Division II, Xenia Christian freshman Eric Knowles placed fifth in the 200 Individual Medley.