St. Xavier Wins State Swimming Title … Again


Posted on 2/26/2020 at 8:37 p.m.

AquaBombers Have Won 12 Straight, 41 In Storied History

Another state meet, another state title for the St. Xavier AquaBombers.
Buoyed by a solid performance from a talented group of qualifiers, St. Xavier totaled 310 points to finish first in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I State Swimming & Diving Championships that concluded Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.  Upper Arlington was the state runner-up, totaling  201 points, and Mason came in third, with a team score of 190.
The state title was No. 12 in a row for St. Xavier and gave the AquaBombers No. 41 in its storied program history.  St. Xavier won its first state title in 1970 and, in the last 51 years, the Aquabomers have only finished out of the top two spots four times – finishing as runner-up six years.  The OHSAA hosted its first state meet in 1928.
This year, St. Xavier had 16 swimmers qualify for state and that same number scored against competition from Oho in what is annually one of the top high school championships in the nation.  St. Xavier won all three relay events, the 200 Medley Relay, the 200 Freestyle Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay.  The AquaBombers team of Nate Buse, Scott Sobolewski, Jean-Pierre Khouzam and Owen Taylor set state and pool records in the 200 Medlay Relay, finishing in a time of 1:27.97.  Khouzam, Buse, Ian Van Gorp and Taylor teamed to win the 200 Freestyle Relay in record fashion, with a time of 1:20.86.
St. Xavier also won the 400 Freestyle Relay, making it a clean sweep of the relays, with the team of Khouzam, Sobolewski, Van Gorp and Taylor turning in a time of 2:59.30.  Khouzam also earned an individual title by winning the 100 Butterfly with a state record time of 47.01 – giving him a total of four first-place finishes.
The AquaBombers were solid throughout the meet, winding up third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 Individual Medley – Van Gorp in 1:48.82 and Sobolewski in 1:49.62.  Buse came in third in the 100 Butterfly, with a time of 48.71.  In the 100 Freestyle, Taylor was third finishing in 44.94, and Kellen Roddy was runner-up in the 500 Freestyle, finishing in 4:26.66.  Sobolewski also turned in an impressive race in the 100 Breaststroke, winding up second in 54.89.
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