The Saint Xavier Swimming & Diving Tigers are national champions of high school swimming for the second consecutive year. This marks the first time an all-male school has claimed back-to-back national titles.
“Winning the national championship for the first time last year was exciting, but this national title validates our process and development as a program. It sets the highest of standards for the future,” said Head Coach Todd Larkin. “Our coaching staff is so proud of all our student-athletes in the program.”
St. X topped the rankings developed by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) with a school-record 6,506 points. The rankings are based on a point system for high school short course yards or short course meters dual meets. Points are scored based on the swimmers’ time results and range from 0 to 200 per event.
“All I can say is dominance,” said Athletic Director, Denny Williams. “Being crowned national champions back-to-back is an amazing accomplishment for our swim & dive program. If you see the work these student-athletes and coaches put in, this wouldn't be a surprise. There are others outside the pool that make this possible and I thank them for their partnership. I couldn't be happier for our guys and Coach Larkin.”
The Tigers defeated some of the top swim programs around the country to capture the historic crown including: Loyola Academy (California), Kingwood High School (Texas), Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio), and Santa Margarita Catholic High School (California).
“To be the best team in the country, it takes strong peer leadership, belief in the process, and hard work from everyone,” said Larkin. “We are so happy for our program and entire school community.”
St. X won its 34th consecutive Kentucky High School Athletic Association boys state title in March. It was the 58th state title for the program.
St. X is planning an on-campus celebration to recognize the national title on August 13.
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