GCL DI Swimming & Diving Set For Late January; St. Xavier, Ursuline Academy Ready To Defend Their Titles

Photo courtesy Cincinnati Enquirer

Photo courtesy Cincinnati Enquirer

By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner


St. Xavier and Ursuline Academy will attempt to successfully defend their recent reign in the respective leagues when competition in the 2019 GCL & GGCL Division I Swimming & Diving Championships begins in late January.   St. Xavier’s AquaBombers have won every Greater Catholic League South Division meet since 1961.   St. Xavier has won all but one big-school Ohio High School Athletic Association DI state championship since 2000 – only missing the title in 2008, giving the nationally regarded St. Xavier program 10 consecutive state crowns. 

Ursuline Academy is the three-time defending winner in the Girls’ Greater Catholic League meet.  The Lions also won the league championship in 2013-14, giving them tiles in four of the last five years.  Ursuline went on to win the DI girls’ state crown in 2013-14.  From 1984-55 through 2012-13, Ursuline also won the league championship every year, either competing against all other member schools or finishing first among divisional opponents when it was competing as a member of the GGCL Scarlet Division. 

Competition in diving will start the meet on Saturday, January 26 at Sycamore High School.  Warm-ups are set to begin at 2 p.m. that day, with diving sheets due at 2:30, followed by the recognition of seniors and the competition at 2:45.  The swimming portion of the meet is set for Wednesday, January 30 at Keating Natatorium on the St. Xavier High School campus.  Warm-ups are scheduled for 4 p.m., followed by competition at 5:10. 

Entries are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 25.  A roster must accompany entries.  An entry file can be downloaded from either www.gclsports.com or www.swimmeet.com.