June 30th, 2016

Year in review: Boys' swimming

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Year in review: Boys' swimming
The Tigers celebrating after winning 28th straight state title / photo by Conor Revell

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network chronicles the 2015-16 sports year in review. We will bring you every sport, every season, and every team’s season ending results in a capsule until we're finished.

St. Xavier

The Tigers swim dynasty keeps on chucking along winning their 28th straight state title this past winter.

“We manage the team well and I have a great coaching staff,” St. X head coach Todd Larkin said after the state meet. “Our guys step up. In a meet like this, where it’s as close as it was, every point is going to matter. We just kind of chip away at it and chip away at it. It’s a team win and it’s a team title. Everybody here contributes to that.”

Brophy College Prep (Ariz.) is the only school in the country that can match the Tigers streak and won its 28th straight state title last November.

The Tigers have won 52 state titles in the past 69 years.

St. X won three events and placed in the top two in every competition but three to finish with 361 points. Covington Catholic had 317 points for second while Collegiate placed third with 173.

Nitzken, Keefer Barnum, Matt Steiden and Clayton Forde won the 200-yard medley relay in record-setting fashion with a time of 1:32.34, three seconds ahead of CovCath.

Aldan Johnston placed second in the 200 freestyle when he clocked a 1:38.66, less than a second behind first-place Brendan Meyer of CovCath.

Forde swam the 200 individual medley in 1:50.80 to place second.

Miller took the diving competition with 437.05 points.

“It involves a lot of mental preparation, stretching and repetition,” Michael Miller said. “You have to have confidence and not worry about who's above you or who's below you and just focus on the event and do your best."

Steiden, Michael Eastman, Johnston and Forde placed second in 1:24.92 to finish second in the 500 free.

Barnum recorded a 55.31 and beat out Owensboro Catholic’s Michael Hampel by just one second to win the 100 breaststroke.                                               

Johnston, Cole Brown, Dominic Tomchek and Michael Eastman recorded a time of 3:11.06 to give the Tigers a second-place finish in the 400 free.

“Everybody stepped up,” Larkin said. “We talked to them yesterday and said there’s going to be opportunities to leave nothing in the pool and swim it like it was your last race. That’s what they did and they took that ownership. That’s why we’re champions.” 


The Shamrocks won the Fifth Region title and were led by Hunter Tapp. The freshman won the 50 free and the 100 free at regionals.

At state, the superstar freshman recorded a second-place finish in the 50 free with a time of 21.15. The Rocks placed 10th as a team. 


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