JV INVITATIONAL ROCKS THE “NAT”
Nearly two decades ago, Tim Beerman, then a coach at both St. X and Ursuline, established the Junior Varsity Invitational hosted at St. Xavier High School. The event continues to grow in size, quality and enthusiasm. A “supercharged” atmosphere permeated Keating Natatorium as the 2018 edition rocked the house. Both girls’ and boys’ high schools participated with impressive results.
On the “guys” side, the AquaBombers were joined by Elder, LaSalle, Mason, Monroe, Sycamore and Talawanda. 296 swims were contested using the normal high school events format. St. X piced up seven of the eleven event wins.
Robert Prophater (SR) set the standard notching four wins [200 Med Relay, 50 Free, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay]. He was joined by multiple winners:
Evan Schell (JR) [200 IM, 400 Free Relay]
Conall Kellner (FR) [200 med Relay, 100 Fly]
Cameron Eglseder (JR) [200 Med Relay, 400 Free Relay]
Ted Lockett (JR) also earned an individual win in 100 Back.
While no team score was kept, the “statistical analysis” reveals one of the season’s best days. 98% of the Long Blue Lane got in on 77% Best Times. There is no question the enthusiasm and intensity of the crowd enhanced the outcome. Those team members not in the meet were on hand to serve as timers and cheer on their “mates”.
- INSIDE THE NUMBERS –
- 50 swimmers (largest line-up of season)
- Class Rankings – 12 Seniors, 6 Juniors, 17 Sophomores, 15 Freshman
- Six events faster than last year
- Eleven swims including six relays would have qualified for last year’s District meet
- 7 Firsts
- 10 Seconds
- 7 Thirds
- 54 Top Eights
- 87 Top Sixteen
- COACHES’ COMMENTS –
“It was truly an exciting and well run meet. I am extremely grateful to the officials, parents, athletes, coaches and fans who made the JV Invitational so special. The showcase of these athletes demonstrates the quality of swimming in Southwest Ohio,” reflected head coach Tim Beerman.
“What a day. The enthusiasm in and out of the water was palpable,” noted an obviously pleased coach Don DiGiacomo.
“Coach Beerman has worked very hard to develop this event and the results validate his efforts. Coach Brower encouraged us all to be passionate about the remainder of the season and Saturday was a great blend of Coach Beerman’s vision and Coach Brower’s message,” concluded coach Tom Keefe.