Ties national record with 30 consecutive titles
The Saint Xavier High School Swimming and Diving team set three state records and finished first in five events en route to claiming the KHSAA state championship on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Ralph Wright Natatorium. The Tigers scored a total score of 453 points. The margin of victory was 224 points ahead of the second-place team.
Will Cole, Connor Kang, Aldan Johnston and Michael Eastman opened the meet setting a new state record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:30.17. Aldan Johnston finished first in all four events he was entered in, capturing the 200 and 500 (4:25.31) freestyle events. Johnston set a new state record in the 200, touching in 1:35.76.
Additionally, the Tigers claimed the state title in the 200 freestyle relay with the crew of Holden Smith, Dominic Tomchek, Connor Kang and Andrew Streater finishing in 1:25.11. Michael Eastman, Will Cole, Andrew Streater and Aldan Johnston closed the meet with a state record time of 3:00.31 in the 400 freestyle relay.
"What impresses me so much about our students during this era is the respect they have for the tradition, their faith in the process, and how they embrace being champions. Being a champion means you must respond in an instant, when opportunity presents itself, and having a collective responsibility toward each other. If you don't have each other's backs, and you can't take advantage of opportunities, it's hard to sustain any type of success," said Head Coach Todd Larkin.
Johnston and Cole earned 2018 First Team All-State Swimming and Diving honors. Eastman, Kang, and Michael Jones named to the Second Team.
This state title is the program's 30th consecutive, tying the boys' national record with and Brophy Prep and Bolles (1988-2017), and 54th overall.
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