AquaBombers Continue Dominance Of GCL Swimming

02/04/2016

Posted on 2/4/2016 at 7:02 p.m.

Moeller Standout Hodge Named Meet’s Top Swimmer After Winning Three Events

The St. Xavier AquaBombers swimming and diving team continued its dominance of league competition, finishing first in eight of 12 events to capture the 2016 Greater Catholic League Division I Swimming and Diving Championships held Wednesday at Keating Natatorium on the St. Xavier High School campus.  The GCL title was No. 68 overall for St. Xavier, which has now won 53 league championships in a row.

St. Xavier finished with a total of 521.5 points, followed by Moeller (312), La Salle (173.5) and Elder (89).  Moeller senior Cooper Hodge was named the meet’s outstanding swimmer after winning two individual events – the 200 Individual Medley, finishing in 1:51.52; the 100 Breaststroke, in a meet record time of 58.51; and then swimming the final leg of the Crusaders’ winning 200 Freestyle Relay, which finished in a meet record time of 1:27.79.

Hodge’s record swim in the 100 Breaststroke eclipsed the previous mark of 59.50 that he set last year.

Junior Will McCullough, sophomore Justin Davidson and senior Jacob Peloquin swam the first three legs of Moeller’s 200 Freestyle Relay team.   Besides Hodge, Peloquin was the only other non-St. Xavier swimmer or diver to win an event at the meet.  Peloquin set a meet record in the process, covering the 100 Butterfly in 51.45.  He was followed by four St. Xavier swimmers in spots two through five.

St. Xavier took first in every other event, as first-year coach Tim Beerman’s AquaBombers attempt to carry on an amazing run of success – which includes seven straight Division I state championships and titles 17 of the last 18 years.  This year’s team features 22 swimmers – 15 of whom were competing in the GCL Championships for the first time.  Junior Will Schwieterman led St. Xavier to victory with a strong performance.

Schweiterman won two events on his own, the 200 and 500 Freestyles, and then combined with teammates Brian Robertson, Jared Watson and Nicholas Czepukaitis to capture the 400 Freestyle Relay over Moeller.  Schweiterman swam the anchor leg of that race for St. Xavier, which also saw its 200 Medley Relay team of David Limbert, Jonathan Bernard, Robertson and Oscar Van Nort finish ahead of the GCL competition.

Other individual event winners for the AquaBombers were Van Nort (50 Freestyle); Czepukaitis, 100 Freestyle; Watson, 100 Backstroke; and Drew Fitzgerald, One-Meter Diving.  Fitzgerald, who also won the diving competition last year, took first in competition held Monday at the University of Cincinnati.  The St. Xavier team included plenty of youth with seven sophomores and freshmen competing.

No St. Xavier swimmer finished out of the top eight.

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