In what has become one of the largest early season meets in the area, the AquaBombers stepped up big time. The Mason Invitational featured 27 schools and over 300 student athletes on Saturday in a prelim/final format. After a grueling 12+ hour day, the men of St. X headed home with the Championship trophy and a whole lot more.
The AquaBombers were represented by an extremely young team featuring eleven underclassmen of the 13 on the roster. But it was a case of “youth must be served“, as the team racked up 431.5 points to outpace Mason (254) and Akron Firestone (247) for the top three spots.
Performer of the Meet freshman Nathan Wall picked up 3 wins (200 Free, 500 Free, 400 Free Relay). He was joined by Scott Holcomb (SR) and Cameron Jones (SO) with individual wins. Holcomb’s win came with a record breaking performance in the 100 Free (48.40) and Jones was on top in the 100 Breast. Nathan Wall was joined on the relay by Kellen Roddy (SO), Owen Taylor (FR) and Jamie Donovan (SO) in establishing a new record in the final event of the day (3:23.21). The highest quality depth was exemplified by five runners up finishes.
200 Medley Relay 1:42.29 [Christian Wall (JR), Jones, Holcomb, S., Taylor]
100 IM 56.20 Jones
50 FREE 22.38 Holcomb, S.
100 FLY 56.05 Roddy
200 FREE RELAY 1:32.52 [Wall, C., Jones, Lucas Ecker (SO), Holcomb, S.]
-INSIDE THE NUMBERS –
- Ten of the eleven events were faster than a year ago
- Six meet records were shattered
- Every St. X swim scored with 22 of 27 in the Championship Heat
- 17 of the AquaBombers’ swims would have qualified for 2017 District Meet
- 90% best times in prelims with an additional 40% best times in final
-COMMENTS FROM THE COACHES-
“We battled from start to finish in one of the schedules most challenging formats,” said head coach Tim Beerman.
“The guys really stayed focused throughout and that is no easy task. We continue to race and learn,” added coach Dave Albert.
“We have been coming to this event since 2004 and it is getting dramatically faster. Great to see our guys leading the way”, summarized coach Tom Keefe.
The team is back in action against Lakota East and Lakota West on Wednesday at Keating Natatorium.