St. Xavier, Moeller Win Swimming Sectional Titles

02/09/2014

Posted on 02/09/2014 at 11:00am

The swimming teams from St. Xavier and Moeller high schools turned in impressive performances on Friday, taking the first step toward a potential state championship by capturing team championships in their respective sectional swimming meets and sending a strong contingent on to next week’s district competition in the process.  St. Xavier, attempting to win its sixth consecutive Division I state title and No. 35 in the Aquabombers’ history, won the Cincinnati Sectional at Keating Natatorium on the St. Xavier campus.  Moeller won the Mason Sectional held at Mason High School.

Each sectional advances two automatic qualifiers to the Southwest Ohio District Swimming and Diving Championships to be held next Friday, February 14, at Miami University’s Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center.  In addition, the next 24 at-large will advance for a field of 32 in the individual events at the district meet.  In relay events, there will be two automatic qualifiers plus the next 16 at-large advancing for a field of 24.  Divers from the Cincinnati, Mason and combined Centerville/Trotwood sites each will have two automatic qualifiers and 18 at-large divers (based on scores).

St. Xavier swimmers won five individual events and three relays, finishing with 637 points in the sectional swim meet.  Lakota East was second, with 298, followed by Oak Hills with 246.  La Salle finished seventh, at 128, followed by Elder in eighth place, at 124.  Moeller, behind sophomore Cooper Hodge finishing first in both the 100-meter breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, finished with 489 points, followed by Mason at 395 and Sycamore at 295.  District diving will be held at Miami on Tuesday, with competition at 6 p.m.  Swimming will begin Friday evening at 5:45.

The GCL South also will be well represented in diving.  Mitch Godar of Elder won the 1-meter sectional championship in competition held Thursday at Miami University.  Godar finished with a score of 417.10.  Drew Fitzgerald of St. Xavier was scored with 315.75, while Kevin Biggs and Jake Wells of Elder finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  In all, divers from Elder and St. Xavier claimed seven of the top 12 spots.  For complete sectional swimming and diving results, visit www.swimmeet.com.