June 29th, 2015

Year in Review: Boys' Swimming

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer

Year in Review: Boys' Swimming
The St. X swim team won its 27th consecutive state title / photo by Conor Revell

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network chronicles the 2014-15 sports year in review. We will bring you every sport, every season, every team’s season ending results in a capsule until we're finished.

When you win 27 state championships in a row, you live in the rarest of company. The St. Xavier Tigers swim team is a rare vintage indeed and has been for more than 60 years. They dominated the 2015 state meet defeating runners-up Covington Catholic by 114.5 points. Trinity finished 14th.

Trinity – 2nd in Region; 14th in state

While the Rocks didn’t enjoy the successes of recent years the young team did score a second place finish in the regional meet placing behind St. X, but edging out Collegiate by two points. Juniors Jack Kitchin, Andy Letterle, Evan Grimm and Collin Burckle along with sophomores Taylor Owen and Cam Hamilton supported seniors Mac Graven, David Bunnell and Chris Owen in scoring points for the Rocks in the regional meet.

St. Xavier – State champions

The winning never gets old for the St. Xavier swim team. The challengers creep up every so often, but the depth and rich tradition of the program never seems to miss a beat.

In winning its 27th consecutive state swim title, the Tigers distanced themselves from second place Covington Catholic by a whopping 114.5 points. The 27-season state title streak ties St. X with Brophy Prep out of Phoenix, Ariz.

To put it the domination in further perspective, St. X has won 51 state championships in the 70 year history of the state meet.

“We take it one day at a time,” St. X head coach Todd Larkin (St X class of ’86) said to LCSN staff writer Conor Revell following the state championship win. “We have a very good group. It was about getting back to the basics and we wanted to swim hard. If you were going to beat us, we were going to make you earn it. That’s the way we went out every meet and every meet seems to have a game-seven atmosphere because everybody is coming after you and giving it their best.”

Earning first team All-State honors were Heywood Harrison (200 IM, 100 fly) and Keefer Barnum (100 breast). Second team All-State honors went to Clayton Forde, Trey Hubbuch, J.D. Mundt, Michael Miller and George McCracken. Diving coach Dustin Schulten was named the boy’s Outstanding Diving Coach of the year.

The Tigers got out of the blocks quickly with a state meet record performance in the 200 Medley Relay. J.D. Mundt, Barnum, Harrison and Matthew McDermott started the meet off with a bang by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:32.93, breaking the old record (1:33.26) set by a St. X foursome two years ago.

“J.D. is a baseball player,” Larkin said. “Those guys are role players and give us everything we want. It’s a great pack and I’m really proud of them.”

“It’s great to win,” senior McDermott said. “We haven’t lost a meet in five years and I don’t think I’m ever going to experience anything like this again. This is a special team. We compete against the best and we have one of the best coaching staffs in the nation.” 


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