February 23rd, 2019

St. X Claims their 31st Swim State Championship

Samantha Stallings


St. X Claims their 31st Swim State Championship
The Tigers claimed their 31st State Title/ photo by Samantha Stallings

St.Xavier may now host the longest winning streak in boys high school state swim meets across the country. On Friday night the Tigers won their 31st straight Pannell Swim Shop/ Kentucky High School Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships.

“Every year is different. It never gets old, every year every team is made up differently. These guys contributed all year long. They are all very disciplined and very committed. We made a shift this year and made some changes because we lost a big senior class last year,” said Head Coach Todd Larkin. “We had a lot of newcomers to the team, strong juniors and strong freshman. They went from compliant to commited to those changes. We swim all year long committed and they did a great job.”


St. X beat out Lexington Catholic 482-249. Trinity High School came in fourth scoring 152 points.


Junior Will Cole was the stand out for the Tigers as he won two individual state titles, with one being the 100 back, which he tied the state record set by Christian Academy of Louisville graduate and current UofL swimmer Nick Albiero back in 2017. Cole bested his time from the morning prelims by more than two seconds to give him a 47.23 in the finals.


“It’s good coming in. Albiero is quite the swimmer, so to tie with Nick I think Will is thrilled with that,” said Larkin. “Will is an incredible talent. He does a great job and he deserves it.”


Cole was the anchor on the winning 400 Free Relay that included Holden Smith, Connor Kang, and Cooper Tyler.


Two other Tigers won individual titles, Smith in the 100 Butterfly and Kang in the 200 IM.


Trinity’s Hunter Tapp had quite an amazing night of his own defeating two state records, one in the 50 freestyle and the other in 100 freestyle.  Tapp defeated the state record of William Tarvestad of North Oldham set at last year's meet by .1 and defeated his own record set in last year's state meet in 100 by .83.


“It’s pretty exciting. I got the 100 free the past two years, but it was exciting to add the 50 and bring down my 100,” said Tapp. “I go out to swim to win and then I look at the time after I hit the wall.”


“ We are on the rise. I am really proud of how the boys came together over the last year in my second year of the program,” said Trinity Head Coach Mike Essig. “Moving forward I think the possibilities are endless.”


Tapp also went on to win the meet’s Outstanding Meet Competitor Award.


St.X’s Dive Coach Dustin Schulten won the diving coach of the year.



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