SECTIONAL SUCCESS STORY
Ohio presents the most arduous road to the State Championship in the United States. A three tier qualifying format requires quality, planning and a great deal of determination. The first step on the road to Canton was a 100% success as all 39 efforts (4 diving and 35 swimming) represented by 24 AquaBombers delivered big time as St. X captured the program's 49th consecutive Sectional title with a whopping 721 points; just 11 short of maxing out. Walnut Hills finished second (286) with Lakota West third (259).
The AquaBombers captured 1st in all twelve events and scored top 6 in each performance. Events winnners:
200 Medley Relay 1:35.74 – [Nathan Buse (SO), Scott Sobolewski (SO), Brian Robertson (SR), Alex Wade (SR)]
200 Free 1:43.51 – Jean-Pierre Khouzam (SO)
200 IM 1:51.98 – Nicholas Perera (SR)
50 Free 20.27* - Justin Grender (SR)
100 Fly 50.14 – Khouzam
100 Free 46.95 – Ansel Froass (SO)
500 Free 4:34.85 – Perera
200 Free Relay 1:27.03 – [Nicholas Pfeifer (SR), Nicholas Czepukaitis (SR), Froass, Wade]
100 Back 49.21* - Grender
100 Breast 57.02! – Sobolewski
400 Free Relay 3:07.87! – [Grender, Czepukaitis, Froass, Perera]
1 Meter Diving 4.76.00 - Josh Knapke (SR)
(*AUTOMATIC ALL AMERICA !CONSIDERATION ALL AMERICA)
Moving on to the District Meet was the most difficult in history as the qualifying times were all faster than a year ago with four events the fastest in history, two events the second fastest in history and one the third fastest ever.
The Men in Blue went 1 – 4 in 50 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Free, 500 Free and diving.
- INSIDE THE NUMBERS –
- 6 events faster than last year
- St X performances 56% better than last year
- St X total points 6 ½ higher than last year
- 29% Best Times
- 20 Top 50 Swims
- “Classifications” 10 Seniors, 5 Juniors, 7 Sophomores, 2 Freshmen
- COACHES COMMENTS –
“This is a very difficult meet as we are just beginning to taper and yet have to perform. It is a challenge for all competitions. We’re pleased we were able to advance all of our performances to the District Meet in Oxford,” analyzed head coach Tim Beerman.
“The attitude of our guys was exceptional both in the pool and in the stands. We have a very competitive Sectional and there was plenty of hard racing going on,” said coach Jim Brower.