GCL South Swimmers Enjoy Record Night


Posted on 1/17/2016 3:14 p.m.  

St. X’s House, Moeller’s Hodge Shatter Meet Bests At SW Ohio Classic

St. Xavier junior Grant House and Moeller senior Cooper Hodge each enjoyed a record-setting Saturday night at the Southwest Ohio Swimming & Diving Classic at Keating Natatorium on the campus of St. Xavier High School.  House set individual meet records in the 200- and 500-meter freestyle events, eclipsing the previous meet record set by AquaBombers’ alum and former Olympian Joe Hudepohl in the 200.  He also was a member of the AquaBombers’ record-setting 200 freestyle relay team.  Hodge set a new meet mark in the 400 individual medley.

House ‘s time of 1:37.91 in the 200 free bested the mark of 1:39.91 set at the meet in 1992 by Hudepohl – a two-time Olympian who won three national championshi9ps at St. Xavier before swimming at Stanford University, where he led the Cardinal to three consecutive NCAA titles from 1992 to 1994.  Hudepohl won gold and bronze medals at the Olympics in Barcelona in ’92, and earned gold in the 800 freestyle relay in Atlanta in ‘96.

A time of 4:26.75 in the 500 free by House eclipsed the mark of 4:28.29 set by AquaBombers’ alum David Mosko in 2007.  House also swam on St. Xavier’s 200 freestyle relay team (along with senior Matt Slabe and sophomores Nicholas Perera and Justin Grender) that set a meet record Saturday night – finishing in 1:24.66, breaking the school’s mark of 1:25.74 set in 1999.

The AquaBombers’ 400 medley relay team comprising Grender, Perera, and juniors Dillon Froass and Luke Sobolewski also set a meet record, finishing in 3:24.76 – besting the mark of 3:27.74 set by St. Xavier in 2003.   Junior Peter Bessinger of St. Xavier did not set a meter record, but finished first in the 50 breaststroke at :28.79.

Hodge eclipsed the previous meet mark in the 400 individual medley, finishing in 3:54.07 to break the record of 3:55.53 set last year by Mark Andrews of Middletown.  Hodge also was the winner in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 49.77.

Competition continues today, with the second day of swimming preliminaries beginning this morning at seven area swimming venues, and the diving finals held at the University of Cincinnati.  The remaining swimming finals are set to begin at 6:30 tonight at Keating Natatorium.

For complete meet results, visit www.swimmeet.com.