The swim team spent its day in Nashville very well, placing in the top two in every event. They defeated Ravenwood High School 251-45, Ensworth High School 246-49, St. George’s Independent School 251-37, and University School of Nashville 251-40. While all five teams swam together in one meet, it was scored as a separate dual meet between each individual school.
The team celebrated at Dave and Busters after the meet with a huge buffet and the final quarter of University of Louisville versus Notre Dame.
Ensworth has beautiful facilities, and the natatorium is no exception. It rivals many college pools.
The ten-lane pool is 50 meters long with a bulkhead to allow for 25-yard competition. The depth, lane lines, drainage and bulkhead minimizes resistance, making it a fast competition pool.
The area surrounding the pool is equally great. The huge area has a high ceiling, lots of natural light and great ventilation. A walkway surrounds the upper level of the natatorium with seating looking down on the pool.
There are two large digital scoreboards and top-tier one-meter diving boards and starting blocks.
The Tigers are used to being a powerhouse, but this group of swimmers is special. The young talent has allowed the team to “reload,” according to Head Coach Todd Larkin. One of the freshmen, Aldan Johnston, finished second in the 200 Free and third in the 500 Free.
The sophomore class had a strong collective performance. Sophomore Keefer Barnum won the 100 Breast by about two seconds, and sophomore Martin Nitzen won the 100 Back by about a second.
Familiar names were dominant as usual. Senior Heyward Harrison won both of his individual races (200 IM and 100 Fly) by large margins and participated in two winning relays.
Senior Trey Hubbuch won both of his events, too. He even had the fastest split in the 200 Free Relay (22.12) with a mere five minutes of rest after his win in the 500 Free.
Junior Clayton Forde followed suit. After placing second to Hubbuch in the 500 Free, he swam a 22.14 right after him on the 200 Free Relay, almost catching up to senior Zach Carrico and defeating the A team.
The Tigers were without one of their star sprinters junior Matt Steiden, who is out due to illness. However, they are not short on talent. Three St. X swimmers (Trent Schulten, JD Mundt and Matthew McDermott) all swam the 100 Free in less than 51 seconds.
Junior Michael Miller came within half of a point of breaking 200 in diving, and senior George McCracken, coming off his season with the soccer team, was just five points behind him. Diving Coach Dustin Schulten expects both of them to be well over 200 by later this season.
200 Medley Relay
1) St. X A (Nitzen, Barnum, Harrison, Schulten)
2) St. X B (Tomchek, Carrico, Eastman, McDermott)
4) St. X C (Yates, Kraus, Rueff, Cromer)
1) Trey Hubbuch
2) Aldan Johnson
3) Clayton Forde
4) Gavin O’Brien
7) James Roth
1) Heyward Harrison
2) Keefer Barnum
1) JD Mundt
2) Matthew McDermott
3) Trent Schulten
4) Zach Carrico
7) John Cromer
8) Dominic Tomchek
9) John Young
1) Michael Miller
2) George McCracken
3) Blake Ansert
4) Bryce Goldsborough
1) Heyward Harrison
2) Michael Eastman
3) Nick Yates
4) Michael Rueff
1) Trent Schulten
2) JD Mundt
3) Matthew McDermott
4) John Cromer
6) Gavin O’Brien
7) John Young
8) Greg Willett
9) Michael Eastman
1) Trey Hubbuch
2) Clayton Forde
3) Aldan Johnston
4) Patrick Baty
200 Freestyle Relay
1) St. X A (Mundt, Schulten, McDermott, Carrico)
2) St. X B (Cromer, Johnston, Hubbuch, Forde)
3) St. X C (Corley, Willett, Crecelius, Young)
1) Martin Nitzen
2) Dominic Tomchek
4) Nick Yates
1) Keefer Barnum
2) Zach Carrico
4) Alex Kraus
5) Casey Rierdon
6) Clay Corley
400 Freestyle Relay
1) St. X A (Harrison, Hubbuch, Mundt, Forde)
2) St. X B (Johnston, Barnum, Tomchek, Eastman)
4) St. X C (O’Brien, Nitzen, Yates, Metts)
Edited by Elton Su
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.
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.
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.
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.