The St. Xavier Water Polo program was reinstated 6 years ago as a club sport and has grown exponentially since then. Last year, the Bombers won the State Championship giving the school its first Water Polo Title since 1979.
This year, the St. Xavier Water Polo team was led by a group of Seniors who have helped grow the sport at the school as the program now has over 50 student athletes participating. They traveled all over the country to play some of the top opponents as they even traveled to California where they finished 19th out of 24 teams. At the Beast of the East tournament in Reading, PA with some of the top teams from the East Coast, the Bombers reached the semi-finals before losing 7-6. It was a very successful regular season for the program as they posted an overall 70-44-4 record.
The State Championship was held at Mason High School and the Bombers were seeded #7 in the tournament and faced the #10 seed Mason Comets in the first game on Friday afternoon. St. Xavier rolled to a 20-6 win over the host school to advance to the Quarterfinals later that day. On Friday evening, they faced off against the #2 seeded Upper Arlington Golden Bears and played to a 5-2 advantage at the half. The second half was much of the same as the Bombers outscored the higher seed 6-4 to take the game by a final score of 11-6 to advance to the semifinals.
On Saturday afternoon, St. Xavier faced Thomas Worthington in the semi final game and played 24 student athletes in the 16-6 win to advance to the finals on Saturday night. The Bombers played the tournament in honor of Charles Keating, IV, a Navy Seal who was killed in action in Iraq, and a win in the State Championship game was the goal. St. Xavier faced St. Charles and Bomber Nation was out in full force to support the Water Polo Bombers. It was a tight game but St. Xavier pulled out the win by a score of 13-11 to claim their 2nd Straight State Championship.
The seniors on the team that led the program to finishes of 3rd place their sophomore year and 2 State Titles are: Sean Brandabur, Patrick Butkovich, Dillon Froass, Zachary Groene, Grant House, Patrick Hudak, Charles Leibson, Nicholas Merz, Samuel Pitstick, Jeff Tell, Jr, Connor Tragesser, and Gordon Wheeler. The contributions of that group is much appreciated and will always be remembered.