The Amelia Barons’ boys team has more depth than in past years. Connor Keith, David Shilling, Garrett O’Rourke, Jeremy Hopkins, Ronnie Corman, and Ryan Shilling will represent the Barons this season. The Barons will train with swimmers from Glen Este under the instruction of new coach Kyle Moor.
Glen Este is building its program with five boys swimmers this season. The Trojans will train with their West Clermont neighbors from Amelia under the direction of new coach Kyle Moor. Zach Crouch, Travis Rayl, Luke Damron, John Martino, and Jon Pulle will swim for the Trojans. Brennan Young is the program’s lone male diver.
New Richmond fields a smaller team this season. The Lions will rely on freshmen Sawyer Schue and Ian Hermann to have breakout seasons.
New Richmond returns Nick Flake, Noah David, Stile Sweet, David Woolum, T.J. Gelter, and T.J. Ashcraft. Rick Mahan’s squad must replace six seniors from last year’s team.
McNicholas can return Nick Rosenbaum, Rick Riede Jr. and diver Salvatore Marino from last year’s team.
Rosenbaum and Marino represented the Rockets at the district meet last season. Marino finished 10th at the district meet at Miami University and was second team All-GCL Coed.
St. Xavier High School’s swim team has, for a long time, held the state podium in a stranglehold. The Bombers have cultivated and sustained one of the most impressive programs the area has ever seen.
Last season, St. Xavier won its seventh consecutive Division I state championship (36th all-time) and the Bombers return buses full of top-tier talent in the water.
The Bombers also rotated the coaching carousel this year. Longtime head coach Jim Brower moved from the head position to an assistant, to make way for former assistant Tim Beerman to take over as head coach. Beerman was previously a head coach at Ursuline Academy.
Junior Grant House is without question the fastest swimmer in state. House has already won four individual state championships (two as a freshman, two as a sophomore), and he’s helped on a number of state championship relay teams. Last year, he won the 100 and 200 freestyle races at state.
Senior Matt Slabe, also an individual state qualifier, swam on the 400 freestyle relay team that won a state title last year. Junior Luke Sobolewski’s another experienced swimmer who won a state title on the 200 medley relay last year. Junior Charles Leibson was an individual state qualifier in two races last year, and just finished helping the Bombers win a water polo state championship. Sophomore Justin Grender was another difference maker at state last year, as was sophomore Nicholas Perera.
Beerman has also been very impressed by freshman Jake Foster.