For the fifth consecutive year, the AquaBombers finished on top of the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association national dual meet ranking for boys. It marks the eleventh overall NISCA crown for St. X and the “five peat” is the first by any boys’ school in at least the last twenty-one years. Previous wins were recorded in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The team has finished in the NISCA top eight each season during this period.
The Long Blue Lane racked up 6341 points to out distance Loyola (CA) – 6231, Carmel (IN) – 6146, Phillips (MA) – 6109 and Woodlands (TX) – 5971. Nearly two hundred schools were evaluated using a system that considers quality and team depth for all high school swimming and diving events. The top ten literally reached from coast to coast (Massachusetts to California) and border to border (Minnesota to Texas).
“We believe that the level of competition we faced every week coupled with our emphasis on improving each day as a team served us well. The talent and depth of our district and state challenges us to get better. We as coaches are extremely gratified to be able to hang another NISCA banner in Keating Natatorium. We not only faced tremendous challenges in the water, but had to overcome some expected and unexpected hurdles along the way. Our athletes and their families embraced what, why and how we approached the season. We are blessed and grateful for their efforts,” commented head coach Tim Beerman.
“We said goodbye to seven of our top swimmers following the 2017-18 season. The way each and every athlete on the squad stepped in and stepped up produced a truly remarkable performance. There are many movable parts in our program. Fortunately, we were all moving in the right direction,” noted assistant head coach, Tom Keefe.
“Congratulations to our guys, as well as the athletes we compete with on a local, regional and national level. The sport keeps getting faster and to be a part of the evolution is professionally and personally significant,” added assistant head coach and hall of famer, Jim Brower.
Assistant coach Eric Bressinger, who rejoined the coaching ranks at his alma mater in 2013 remarked, “this was the most satisfying coaching experience I have had.”
On the girls’ side, Louisville’s Sacred Heart Academy scored a whopping 6481 points to narrowly defeat Santa Margarita (CA) by 31 points. Sacred Heart is coached by Cincinnati St. Xavier alum Jim Luebbe (’85).
The AquaBombers captured an Ohio record 40th (XL) State Championship in February. It was the program’s eleventh straight and twentieth in the last twenty-one years.
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