St. Xavier Wins Eighth Straight State Swimming Title

02/28/2016

Posted on 2/28/2016 at 11:25 a.m.

AquaBombers Score Meet Record 398 Points To Continue Reign

St. Xavier scored a record 398 points Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton to win the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division Boys Sate Swimming and Diving Championship for the eighth consecutive year.  St. Xavier, which won three individual events and captured two of the three relays (both wins coming in meet record times), has now won 37 state swimming championships in its history.

Junior Grant House, who won the 100 and 200 freestyle events last year, was victorious again in the 200 free and also posted a win in the 500 free, an event he entered for the first time at state, and junior teammate Luke Sobolewski won an individual state title in the 100 butterfly.  Couple those individual wins with a pair of meet record relay titles, and it all adds up to another dominant state title for the AquaBombers.

St. Charles Prep from Columbus came in second place with 154 points, followed by Upper Arlington with 138.  Moeller, St. Xavier’s Greater Catholic League South Division colleague and runner-up to the AquaBombers a year ago, came in sixth place with a total of 137 points.

The AquaBombers wasted no time getting started, opening the meet with a record-setting performance from their 200medley relay team of sophomore Justin Grender, Sobolewski, junior Charles Leibson and sophomore Nicholas Perera. The relay team turned in a time of 1:30.40, shattering the previous state meet mark of 1:31.67 that was set in 2011.  

House successfully defended his title in the 200 free, swimming the race in 1:36.93.  Sobolewski won the 100 butterfly, finishing in 48.57, and then House was at it again – this time in the 500 free, winning in 4:24.61.  Coach Tim Beerman’s team finished strong, too, as the team of Grender, Leibson, House and senior Matt Slabe set another meet record – winning the 400 freestyle relay in 3:01.34.

Moeller senior Cooper Hodge, who set a meet record in the 200 individual medley during Friday’s preliminaries, finished second in the event Saturday with a time of 1:47.30, coming in just behind senior Tommy Cope of Vandalia Butler’s winning time of 1:47.24.  St. Xavier’s Perera and Leibson finished third and fourth, respectively, in the race.

Hodge, teaming with Jacob Peloquin, Dan Nymberg and Justin Davidson, helped the Crusaders to a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay.  For complete results of the OHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships, visit www.swimmeet.com.