The Saint Xavier Swimming & Diving Tigers are national champions of the high school swimming world for the first time in program history.
“I’m so proud of our students who displayed extreme mental toughness through our COVID stoppages in our state, statewide travel bans, and the prolonged season,” said Head Coach Todd Larkin. “We maxed out every moment, swam with an ‘all-in’ mentality, and never lost sight of the ultimate goal on the road to this national title.”
St. X topped the rankings developed by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA). 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 swimmer’s time results and range from 0 to 200 per event.
“What an incredible accomplishment to add to the program’s storied tradition,” said Athletic Director, Denny Williams. “Our student-athletes persevered through so much while competing in a year of uncertainty. I could not be more proud of our young men and coaches.”
The Tigers defeated some of the top swim programs around the country to capture the historic crown including: Carmel (Indiana), Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio), Kingwood High School (Texas), and Loyola Academy (California).
“There are so many factors that all have to be aligned to win a National Championship,” said Larkin. “You have to have the talent, some luck, and the drive every single day of training. Our team culture, leadership, and the respect we have for each other played a big role.”
St. X won its 33rd consecutive Kentucky High School Athletic Association boys state title in March. It was the 57th state title for the program.
The full NISCA high school results for 2021 will be released later this year.
St. X is planning an on-campus celebration to recognize the national title on August 14.
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