St. Xavier Wins SW Ohio Swimming & Diving Classic


Posted 1/18/2016 at 10:13 a.m.

AquaBombers Win 13 Events, Set Six Meet Records In Process

St. Xavier swimmers finished first in nine of the 17 individual events, won all four relay events, and ended the weekend by setting six meet records to win the boys’ championship at the Southwest Ohio Swimming & Diving Classic held Saturday and Sunday at various aquatic facilities in Greater Cincinnati.  The swimming final were held both days at Keating Natatorium on the St. Xavier High School campus.

The AquaBombers, led by standout junior Grant House and a deep and talented roster, finished with 810 points.  Seven Hills finished second with a team score of 306.  Centerville placed third, with 295 points, with Greater Catholic League South Division member Moeller fourth,  with a team score 225.  The Crusaders were led by senior Cooper Hodge, who won three events and established meet records in the 200 and 400 individual medleys.

It was a typical performance for St. Xavier, which has won seven straight state titles and 36 in its storied history. House won four events overall and set meet records in each event.  He won the 200 and 500 freestyle races in record times, and then was a member of the AquaBombers’ winning and record-setting 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams. House also finished second in the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley.

St. Xavier also got winning individual performances from junior Christian Imbus, who won the 1650 free with a time of 15:39.08; senior David Limbert, who won the 50 backstroke in :26.58, with sophomore teammates Erich Guenther and Nicholas Czepukaitis finishing in second and third place, respectively, with times of :26.63 and :26.77; and junior Peter Breissinger, who won the 50 breaststroke in :28.79.

The AquaBombers took first in all four relay events, setting SW Ohio Swimming & Diving Classic records in each of the races.   The 200 freestyle team of Matt Slabe, Justin Grender, Nicholas Perera and House set a meet record, finishing in 1:24.66.  Moeller’s relay team came in third in the race.  The St. Xavier 400 freestyle relay team of  Gordon Wheeler, Sean Brandabur, Like Van Gorp and Luke Sobolewski also finished in a record time of 3:07.53.

St. Xavier also won the two medley relays.  The AquaBombers’ team of Grender, Dillon Froass, Sobolewski and House set a meet record with a time of 1:33.86 in the 200.  The team of Grender, Froass, Sobolewski and Perera also won the 400 medley relay, finishing in a record time of 3:24.76.  All four of the meet relay records eclipsed marks held previously by alums of the St. Xavier swimming program.

It also was a memorable meet for Hodge, who is assembling quite a career for the Crusaders.  Hodge set meet records in both the 200 and 400 individual medley races, finishing in times of 1:49.83 and 3:54.07, respectively, to set meet records.  He finished just ahead of House Sunday evening in the 200 IM – and, in the process, broke his own meet mark of 1:50.54 that he set back in 2014.

Hodge also won the 100 backstroke, finishing in :49.77, and came in second in the 200 backstroke, at 1:48.53.  Hodge also was a member of Moeller’s 200 freestyle relay team that finished third, at 1:27.75.  He was joined on that team by Jacob Peloquin, William McCullough and Daniel Nymberg.

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