What for years has been the “Biggest Show on Surf” for the St. X swimmers, became the biggest Fred Cooper District Invitational in history Sunday at Keating Natatorium. Over 400 athletes coupled with a packed stands made for a memorable event in many ways. The AquaBombers, represented by 49 athletes, led the way by capturing first in every event, punctuated by a record setting 400 Free Relay! Sophomore Jamie Donovan was named Swimmer of the Meet.
200 Medley Relay 1:43.29 [Carter Dwyer (SR), Sean Hergenrother (SR), Luke DiGiacomo (SR), Teedy Bayer (SR)]
200 Free 1:46.05 Adam Lamping (FR)
200 IM 2:02.16 Jaime Donovan (SO)
50 Free 23.30 Kevin Heller (SR)
100 Fly 55.35 Lucas Ecker (SO)
100 Free 49.32 Teddy Bayer (SR)
500 Free 4:53.37 Donovan
200 Free Relay 1:33.08 [Ecker, Heller, Cooper Williams (FR), Evan Schell (JR)]
100 Back 56.44 Connall Kellner (FR)
100 Breast 1:05.22 DiGiacomo
400 Free Relay 3:17.54 [Lamping, Schell, Brady Holcomb (SO), Robert Prophater (SR)]
The AquaBombers were first and second in all events and showed particular quality and depth by going 1 – 2 – 3 on all relays. In addition, the 200 Free (1 – 4), 200 IM (1 – 5), 100 Free (1 – 3), 100 Back (1 – 3) and 100 Breast (1 – 3) were events of particular strength. While no team score was kept, the Men in Blue caps had 49 top eight top eight finishes and 71 top sixteen finishes. Equally impressive was the fact that 100% of the AquaBombers shared in a remarkable 87% Best Times. In individual events, the percentage was a “staggering” 97%.
- INSIDE THE NUMBERS –
- 12 teams from SW Ohio participated
- 30 individual St. X swims would have scored at Sectionals
- 8 St. X relays would have placed top eight at Sectionals
- 18 St. X individual swims would have qualified for Districts
- 10 St. X relays would have qualified for Districts
- “Class Distinctions” Seniors – 12 Juniors – 4 Sophomores – 18 Freshmen – 15
- 24 of 25 relays out performed their entry times.
- COACHES COMMENTS –
“It was a very exciting and gratifying way to end the season for the majority of our team. What all of these student athletes contributed was a culmination of dedication, focus and support by teammates and families. We are blessed a part of it,” reflected coach Don DiGiacomo.
“So much time and effort goes into this special event. The outcome justifies the work, as well as setting the tone as we head to Districts,” said head coach Tim Beerman who served as meet director.
“Fred Cooper was a remarkable man. To honor him in a truly significant manner means a great deal to those of us who knew him,” concluded coach Tom Keefe.