ST. XAVIER AQUABOMBERS FINISH ON TOP OF NISCA NATIONAL RANKINGS
With a record performance at the Ohio State Championships, the St. Xavier Swimming & Diving team waited to see how their performance would stack up against the nation’s finest. St. X, tallied 438 points to establish a new Ohio record for all classifications – both men and women. It was worth the wait as the team racked up a NISCA (National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association) men’s record of 6525 points to post the most of any team in the US – men or women. It makes a NISCA 3-peat for the program and the 9th NISCA title in history (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017).
St. X was followed by Southlake Carroll (TX) 6327 and North Allegheny (PA) 6081. Over 200 teams from around the country were part of the NISCA rankings.
All American NISCA standards were achieved by seven swimmers covering every event. Grant House wraps up his career as a 23 time All American.
JUSTIN GRENDER (JR) 200 MEDLEY RELAY, 200 FREE, 50 FREE, 100 FREE, 200 FREE RELAY, 100 BACK, 400 FREE RELAY
GRANT HOUSE (SR) 200 FREE, 200 IM, 100 FLY, 100 FREE, 500 FREE, 200 FREE RELAY, 100 BREAST, 400 FREE RELAY
CHRISTIAN IMBUS (SR) 500 FREE
CHARLES LEIBSON (SR) 200 MEDLEY RELAY, 200 IM, 200 FREE RELAY
NICHOLAS PERERA (JR) 200 MEDLEY RELAY, 200 IM, 500 FREE, 200 FREE RELAY, 400 FREE RELAY
LUKE SOBOLEWSKI (SR) 200 MEDLEY RELAY, 100 FLY, 100 BACK, 400 FREE RELAY
GORDON WHEELER (SR) 200 FREE
In addition, eleven AquaBombers earned Academic All-American recognition from NISCA:
SEAN BRANDABUR CHARLES LEIBSON
DILLON FROASS WILL SCHWIETERMAN
DREW GRISEMER LUKE SOBOLEWSKI
GRANT HOUSE LUKE VAN GORP
CHRISTIAN IMBUS JARED WATSON
Commenting on this season, head Coach Tim Beerman said, “We are very fortunate to have a group of individuals who have built up this program throughout the years. These guys are now a part of that. They leave with the relationships that they have been a part of the last four years. It has been quite a journey”.
The final piece of the National Championship picture will be clarified in September, when Swimming World Magazine unveils their US rankings. St. X figures to be in the mix, hoping to better their 4th place finish of a year ago.