January 18th, 2011
St. X Outswims Trinity In Dual Meet
Tigers win all 11 events against Rocks
The St. Xavier Tigers dominated rival Trinity from the first event to the last and cruised to an easy 131-38 dual meet win Tuesday evening at St. X.
St. X won all 11 events. Not only did they win all 11 events, they placed 1-2, or 1-2-3 in 10 of the 11. The sole 2nd place earned by Trinity came from Evan Kraus in the 100 yard breastroke.
The Tigers have been chomping on the opposition this season from perennial national power Cincinnati St. Xavier on January 8, to local strong teams like Kentucky Country Day and Trinity. This team may well end up ranked in the top 5 nationally.
“We take this rivalry, and all our meets, very seriously,” said St. X coach Todd Larkin. “The rivalry helps us strengthen the team atmosphere we’re trying to create and it definitely helps inspire our kids to swim fast.”
Senior Captain Andrew Braun led the way for the Tigers as he won all four events he swam including the first individual event of the meet, the 200 free, as well as the 100 breastroke. Braun’s teammate, Senior Khalid Aldaboos also won his two individual events, the 50 free and 100 free, as well as his two relays.
With one of the longest state championship winning streaks in the country at 22 consecutive seasons, St. X swimmers are held to lofty standards. “It’s great to be a part of the tradition and to represent the tradition here,” said Larkin. “We try to take one year at a time because the guys who swam years ago really can’t help us right now. It is great, though, to have the alumni support. It’s definitely a motivating factor for our guys. It truly is one of the foundation pieces, and part of the framework of what St. Xavier high school is all about.”
On the other side of the pool, the Shamrocks were swimming a bit short-handed as their talented Freshman, Thomas Cooper, was scratched from the meet due to illness. Cooper would have challenged Aldaboos in both freestyle events and will be looking to earn national All-American status at the State meet in February.
“St. X is just a really, really deep team,” said Trinity coach Wayne Kraus. “Our best sprinter was under the weather, but they have so much depth and talent. We’re still one of the best teams in the state, and we’ll still give it 100%, but a team like St. X is tough to beat.”
Kraus lamented his team’s status, but puts in perspective. “You can’t play defense in swimming,” he said. “For as good as the Trinity football team is, they can still be beat. In swimming, though, you have to beat yourself when you have as many talented swimmers as St. X.”
The Tigers earned 1-2-3 finishes in the 50 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 200 free relay and 100 backstroke. They took 1st and 2nd places in 200 medley relay, 200 free, 200 IM, 500 free and 400 free relay. It was a dominant performance from the best team in the state, and one of the best teams in the country.
“We’ve got to get through Regionals first and we’ve got to swim them clean,” warned Larkin. “We can’t make mistakes there. But again, like other teams, we haven’t placed one swimmer in the state meet yet. We have two big meets in the next 10 days (against Jeffersonville, IN and DuPont Manual), so we just try to take it day to day and keep the guys focused on what they need to do to be successful.”