AquaBombers Defend GCL Championship - Again


Posted on 2/5/2015 at 6:39pm

Moeller’s Peloquin Captures Two Individual Events

St. Xavier swimmers won five of the eight individual events, and the AquaBombers won all three relays to finish first at the GCL Division I Swimming & Diving Championships that concluded Tuesday at Keating Natatorium, located on St. Xavier’s campus.  St. Xavier has now won the league meet a whopping 67 times overall, including 52 years in a row.

Moeller junior Jacob Peloquin was the lone swimmer to finish first in two individual events, winning the 100-yard Butterfly and 100 Backstroke.  Peloquin finished those two events in times of 52.16 and 52.08, respectively.  His time in the 100 Backstroke set a new meet record.

St. Xavier’s Jonathan Prangley was named GCL South Swimmer of the Year after finishing first in the 200 Freestyle, placing second in the 200 Individual Medley and the 500 Freestyle, and leading off for the AquaBombers victorious 400 Freestyle Relay.  St. Xavier coach Jim Brower, whose team won the Division I state championships last season, was named GCL South Coach of the Year.

The AquaBombers opened the meet by setting a GCL meet record in the 200 Medley Relay, with the team of sophomore Jimmy Kelley, and seniors Mitchell Frey, Michael Dechering and Grant Carr finishing in 1:36.12.  Sophomore Grant House also set a meet record in the 200 IM, finishing with a time of 1:49.88.  Every swimmer from St. Xavier swam a personal best in the meet.

Two additional meet records also would be broken by St. Xavier swimmers, with sophomore Jacob Waters setting a new mark of 4:36.97 in the 500 freestyle, and then the team of junior Will Reverman and seniors Dechering, Colton Kline and Liam Moran in the 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:28.06.  

St. Xavier wound up with a winning team score of 513.  Moeller, which also had a victorious swim by junior Cooper Hodge in the 100 breaststroke, finished second with 294 points. The Crusaders were followed by La Salle in third with 193, with Elder coming in fourth with 106.

Junior Drew Fitzgerald gave St. Xavier another victory, when he finished first in the 1-Meter Diving held Monday at the University of Cincinnati.  St. Xavier had four of the top five finishers in that event.  St. Ursula Academy finished first in the GGCL Championships, also held Tuesday at Keating Natatorium, finishing with a team score of 452.  Ursuline Academy came in second, with 396.