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Padgett promoted to head coach by Samford

Scott Padgett dunks on the Celtics | Photo from The Cincinnati Enquirer

Scott Padgett dunks on the Celtics | Photo via The Cincinnati Enquirer

Scott Padgett, who is 38 and a St. X class of 1994 graduate, is taking over the head coaching job at Samford University.  Samford is located in Birmingham, AL and is in the Southern Conference. He will replace Bennie Seltzer who has spent the last two seasons as the head coach. Padgett has been an assistant at Samford since 2012.

Padgett is the only graduate of St. X who has been drafted in the NBA Draft. The Utah Jazz drafted him in the 1999 Draft, and Padgett stayed in the NBA for the next seven years, where he averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per year.

Before his professional career, he played for the University of Kentucky, winning the 1998 National Championship with them his junior season. In his last year at UK, he was a John Wooden All American.

Summer Swimming

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Photo by Tommy Sullivan

Swim season is never over. Many St. X swimmers train with Lakeside, Cardinal Aquatics, Triton and other teams year round.

KSHAA’s swim season may have ended in Feburary with the state meet, but a lot of St. X swimmers haven’t stopped training since. They compete for local club teams. Most of the meets this summer will be in 50 meter pools, the same length as Olympic pools, instead of KHSAA 25 yard pools.

The swimming and diving coaching staff will get somewhat of a break this summer during the dead period, when they can't have any communication with their swimmers.

The swimming and diving coaching staff will get somewhat of a break this summer during the dead period, when they can’t have any communication with their swimmers. | Photo by Tommy Sullivan

Notable Meets:

  • Ohio Valley Championships, June 12-14
  • Nashville Aquatic Club Nike Summer Sizzler, June 27-29
  • Kentucky State Championships, July 24-27
  • National Club Swimming Association Summer Championships August 5-9
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Captain Zach Carrico will be one of the many swimmers training with Lakeside over the summer. | Photo by Tommy Sullivan

Zach Carrico, Matt McDermott and Matt Steiden, who train at St. X in-season, have moved to Lakeside for the off season. “Right now, we are working as hard as we were during the season,” said Carrico.

Summer training is often the difference between a good season and a great season.  Keep your eye on these swimmers in November, and expect big drops.

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Check our website over the summer to stay up-to-date on your favorite St. X swimmers. | Photo by Tommy Sullivan

After coming off of a back injury, Heyward Harrison (right) dominated at the state meet, placing at least top three in all four of his events (with a win in the 200 IM). A summer of two-a-days should keep him on the right track to continuing his improvement.

Visit our website again after OVC’s (June 12-14) to see how Heyward and the rest of the Tiger swimming crew perform.

Tiger Baseball Wins Region 7, Heads to State

For the 4th straight year, the Baseball Tigers took the regional championship.|Photo by Tommy Sullivan

For the 4th straight year, the Baseball Tigers took the regional championship. | Photo by Tommy Sullivan

St. X (26-10) topped Trinity (18-16) 3-1 earlier tonight at U of L’s Patterson Field, giving them the title of region champs for the 4th straight year. The Tigers now move on to state championship play against the Region 2 champions on Tues. June 3 at 8:00.

After going down 1-0 in the first inning, St. X came roaring back with three unanswered points off of four hits. The first two came off RBI’s from Dalton Dedas and Hayden Ford, who ended the game with two hits. Brandon Blaser’s RBI double brought the score to 3-1, and the Tigers held on to that lead to end the game.

Cam Revelette had a monster game against Trinity.|Photo by Tommy Sullivan.

Cam Revelette had a monster game against Trinity. | Photo by Tommy Sullivan.

Junior starting pitcher Cam Revelette went the distance and only allowed one hit, striking out eight and walking none in a truly masterful performance.

The team had a lot of support from the Rage Cage, who kept the energy high for all seven innings.

The Cage|Photo by Tommy Sullivan

The Cage | Photo by Tommy Sullivan

That was Tiger Baseball’s third meeting with and third win against the Shamrocks this year. “We are hitting the ball really well, playing good defense, [and our] pitchers are throwing strikes,” said outfielder Andrew McCormick, who picked up a run for the Tigers.

St. X only has five state championships in baseball, with the lastest coming in 1981, so a ring this year would be extra special.

The Rawlings/KHSAA Baseball State Tournament is a single elimination tournament that begins with the champions of each of the 16 regions and ends with one team being crown as the state champion. What do the Tigers have to do to win the tournament? “We gotta keep the same intensity. We gotta keep hitting, keep pitching, keep doing our same thing,” says pitcher JD Mundt.

We gotta keep the same intensity. We gotta keep hitting, keep pitching, keep doing our same thing.

Going into the state tournament, senior first baseman Hayden Ford leads St. X into lexington with a team-leading four home runs and 23 RBI’s.

Tiger Swimming and Diving’s Hubbuch Natatorium to be Renovated

The home of the Tiger Sharks will get a sleek new look this summer | Photo by Tommy Sullivan

The home of the Tiger Sharks will get a new look this summer | Photo by Tommy Sullivan

The faculty parking lot will be wet tomorrow. Very wet. Most of Hubbuch Natatorium’s 180,000 gallons will be pumped out the back door so crews can fix up the pool.

As of tomorrow, the pool will be under the hands of the contractors. They plan on completing the project before classes start in August. Check our site later next week for more details on how the improved pool will look.

Tiger Swimmers Finish On Top

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Photo by Tommy Sullivan

The St. X Tigers Swim and Dive Team won its 26th straight Kentucky State Championship. To put that streak into perspective, they are back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back champs.

The incredible meet capped off the incredible (fourth straight) undefeated season and added the 50th overall state championship for the program. St. X accumulated 361 points to earn the win. Covington Catholic followed with 328 points, and Louisville Collegiate took 3rd with 171. Ballard snagged 4th with 161, while Trinity rounded out the top 5 with 111.

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Photo by Tommy Sullivan

While there were many battles in the pool on Sat. Mar. 1, one of the biggest battles was between the cheering sections of St. X and Covington Catholic. Everybody knew coming into this meet that this was Cov. Cath.’s best chance at toppling the Tiger dynasty in recent years, and the Colonel parents in section 102 showed it. The St. X swimmers not participating in the meet responded, creating an exciting atmosphere.

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Jacob Smith, Noah Johnston and Heyward Harrison walked out of the meet as 1st Team All State swimmers | Photo by Tommy Sullivan

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Trey Hubbuch and Clayton Forde are 2nd Team All State swimmers | Photo by Tommy Sullivan

Results:

The Tigers placed 2nd to the Colonels in the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:34.14. The team consisted of Heyward Harrison, Zach Carrico, Jacob Smith and Kyle Brutscher. This opening event set the tone for the noise level that remained very high throughout the meet.

Heyward Harrison, Noah Johnston, Clayton Forde and Jacob Smith were St. X’s 400 FR relay team, swimming in the last event of the day. Although they were the fastest in prelims, they finished 2nd by going a 3:07.81. At that point, the Tigers only needed to not disqualify, and the meet was theirs. They swam with caution and topped off the season.

Heyward Harrison came through for his team. His 1:51.49 in the 200 IM was enough to win by a full second. He also picked up 3rd in the 100 Backstroke thanks to a time of 50.94.

Jacob Smith also found success at the meet. He won the 100 Butterfly with a 50.17.

Collegiate dominated the 200 Freestyle, placing swimmers in 1st and 2nd. The fastest Tiger was Noah Johnston, who placed 4th with a time of 1:41.41. Later in the meet, Johnson would bring home a 1st-place medal in the 500 Freestyle after a strong final 100 yards.

The new crop of head-shaven Tiger Sharks.  Matt McDermott (Third from left) earned valuable points for St. X.

The new crop of head-shaven Tiger Sharks. Matt McDermott (Third from left) earned valuable points for St. X during the state meet | Photo by Tommy Sullivan

Matt McDermott took 6th in the 50 and 100 Freestyle, making him the top Tiger in both events. Kyle Brutscher followed behind him in the 50 FR to place 7th. JD Mundt had an incredible 50 FR that would have won him 4th place had he not been in the consolation final, in which the best possible overall rank is 9th.

In diving, Michael Miller took 8th place, his score of 326.20 missing 7th by 9/10 of a point. George McCracken placed 11th with 306.25 points, a spot ahead of his teammate Blake Ansert, who racked up 299.05 points.

Trey Hubbuch quietly gained points for the Tigers with a 9th-place finish in the 200 FR and a 4th-place finish in the 500 FR. Zach Carrico also picked up points by placing 10th in the 100 Breaststroke.

One of the most impressive swimmers of the group was Keefer Barnum, a freshman. He came into State as the 14th seed in the 100 BR but left in 4th place. Barnum dropped 3 seconds off of his Region time to make that happen.

St. X Swim Team Takes State, Extends Streak to 25

2013 Swimming State Champions

By Ben Grimes (@BTGrimes)

The St. X swimming and diving team has extended its remarkable streak of state championships to 25 in a row, tying the longest streak in the nation. Under the leadership of head coach Todd Larkin, the Tigers capped off a third consecutive undefeated season with a dominant victory in the state championship meet, defeating runner-up Covington Catholic by 129 points.

Under the leadership of captains Rush Cromer, Harrison Pruitt, Nick Sehlinger, Mitchell Forde and Zach Carrico, St. X faced off against nationally-ranked competition such as Cincinnati St. X and Montgomery Bell of Nashville as well as solid local opposition. The dual meet schedule was demanding, but the team never failed to rise to the occasion and pull out a victory, leading to a 17–0 dual meet record this season.

The biggest challenge posed to the Tigers was the showdown with Cincinnati St. X on Jan. 5. Cincinnati was ranked as the number-one team in the nation after last season, an honor which the Tigers had made it their goal to achieve this year. In the meet against the Bombers, seniors Robert Leasure, Alex Dumstorf, Forde and Sehlinger won individual events as the Tigers prevailed, 171–144.

The grueling season culminated at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium Feb. 22–23. The Tigers had placed all 31 swimmers and divers on its Regional team into State, thus positioning itself to achieve its goals of winning a State Championship and becoming the new number-one team in America.

The Tigers started off the state meet with an incredible performance in the 200 medley relay, as seniors Garrett Stephens, Leasure and Sehlinger, along with sophomore Heyward Harrison, won the race with a state-record time of 1:33.26. The 200 freestyle relay team of Forde, Cromer, Stephens and senior Ryan McMillen was also victorious. In addition, Leasure won the individual State Championship in the 200 I.M., and Forde won the 100 freestyle. At the end of the day, the Tigers hoisted the state championship trophy for the 25th consecutive time.

Leasure, who has signed to swim at the University of Virginia next year, cited the 200 medley relay’s state record as his most fond memory of the season. “It was something we all wanted to do and it was a lot of fun to experience,” he said.

The senior swimmers this year leave St. X with a dual meet record of 53–1. They realized one of their season goals by extending the streak of State Championships, and will certainly be in contention for the number-one national ranking. Those rankings are not released until early June.

Captain Rush Cromer said of his senior season, “The hardest part about this season was not crying when it was over. I just love swimming and St. X so much. I’m really going to miss it. I’m glad I can pass on the tradition to my younger brother, John.”

A talented junior class will take over the reins for the Tigers next season, led by Noah Johnston, David Rubenstein and Jacob Smith. Along with several talented sophomores, they will seek to fill the shoes of a senior class that comprised almost half of this year’s state team to further the program’s dominance.

As for the swimming and diving class of 2013, they can rest easy knowing they kept the legendary streak of State Championships alive.

Regional Recap: Event by Event

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4 x 50 Medley Relay
The Tigers started out the meet with a bang, tying the old regional record of 1:35.22 set by another St. X relay in 2008. Sophomore Michael Rueff watched the action from the Rage Cage and said that “Everyone on the team was clutch. They did exactly what was needed.” Another face in the Rage Cage, St. Xavier President Dr. Sangalli said, “I needed to support the team. They are a great group, and I needed to be here.”

Backstroke: Robert Leasure 24.6 sec
Breaststroke: Nick Sehlinger 26.9 sec
Butterfly: Heyward Harrison 22.4 sec
Freestyle: Garrett Stephens 21.3 sec

200 Freestyle
All four Tiger Swimmers were in the final heat. The top eight times in the event were all within five seconds, and St. X swimmers all finished within three seconds of each other. None of them broke the top three. When asked why no Tigers could place, Sophomore and Captain Zach Carrico responded, “It was just one event. Our times were still great. It won’t get to us, and we’ll still have a great meet.”

Mitchell Forde 1:43
Rush Cromer 1:44
Trey Hubbuch 1:45
Noah Johnston 1:46

200 Individual Medley
In an exciting race, Robert Leasure came out of Lane 6, the fourth seed, to seal a commanding victory. He is usually seeded higher, but later said “I was just worried about winning my heat yesterday, and I knew could beat all of the guys out there.” David Rubenstein, Camden Johnston, and Clayton Forde also swam their way to success.

Robert Leasure 1:54
David Rubenstein 1:58
Camden Johnston 2:00
Clayton Forde 2:02

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Tiger Swimming Regional Preview

SwimmingPhoto By: Megan Stearman

Come out and support Tiger Swimming as they battle for the #1 spot in Region 2! The preliminaries are during school tomorrow, but on Saturday, finals begin at 2:00 PM. While the Regionals streak isn’t as long as the famed 25-straight state titles, no current St. X student was alive to witness the team’s last regional loss. Senior Ryan McMillen is “turnt up” for the meet. He wants to remind you “every great journey starts somewhere… [and] the road to number one in the nation starts here. A huge Rage Cage would make it a great first step.” The whole team, especially the seniors, are ready to put on a show for all of the students who make it to the meet.

Senior Anthony Caneris will be swimming in his first Regional meet tomorrow. When asked what it meant to finally be in his first Regional, he had this to say:

When I decided to go to St. X, I knew coming in that it would be difficult just to make the Regional team. Even so, swimming for St. X has been one of the highlights of my high school career. After over eleven years of swimming, making the regional team has made it all worthwhile.

In the past three years, as Coach Todd Larkin has developed this nationally ranked team, 100% of Tiger Regional competitors qualified for state. This is exciting news for Senior and Captain Harrison Pruitt. He knows this meet is “a set-up meet to get ready for a fast state meet.” That is all the more reason for you to help prepare the swimmers for what will be the fastest State in the program’s history. Come out and support your Tiger Swim Team in the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium at 2:00 PM this Saturday.