“Go Navy, Beat Army” Gets a Little Louder as FHSAA Champ Xavier Sohovich to Join Navy in 2025

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The unofficial cheer of the US Naval Academy just got a little louder as Xavier Sohovich added his voice to the phrase “Go Navy, Beat Army.” A current resident of Florida and member of the high school class of 2025, Sohovich has verbally committed to swim for the Navy in a year’s time.

I am truly honored and grateful to announce my verbal commitment to serve, study, and swim at the United States Naval Academy! Huge thanks to my world class coaches at Bolles, to everyone throughout my swim journey, and to my parents–you’ve all left lasting impressions that have set me on the right course! Coach Bill and Coach Mark, I appreciate the opportunity and your belief in me–full Speed ahead. Go Navy, Beat Army!️ 🇺🇸 🏊‍♂️⚓️ #USNA #GoNavy #NMSD

Sohovich who previously represented Hinsdale Swim Club in Illinois, relocated to Florida at the end of 2020 and started competing for the Bolles School. This past November at the FHSAA Class 1A State Championships (1A being the smallest schools), Sohovich dropped nearly a second in the 100 free to take the title. At the Region 1 Championship, he swam a then PB of 45.31, but less than two weeks later, he emerged victorious, topping the podium in 44.53.

He also split 44.39 on the Bolles winning 400 free relay, which finished more than seven seconds ahead of the South Florida HEAT, as they stopped the clock in 2:58.05. Sohovich’s split was the third fastest of the entire A-final, behind only his teammate, a Class of 2024 ‘Best of the Rest’ Seth Tolentino, a Texas A&M commit, who stopped the clock in 44.24 and the HEAT’s Kaii Winkler. Winkler, the top-rated recruit in the class of 2024 and an NC State commit, led off his team in 42.14.

A month later, in December, at the Winter Junior Championship – East Meet, Sohovich finalled in both 100 and 200, hitting new PBs of 44.30 (15th) and 1:37.29 (13th) as well as recording a new top mark in the 50 at 20.85.

In long course, more recently at May’s Atlanta Classic, Sohovich hit new PBs across the 50/100/200 free as well as in the 100 back. He placed as high as 23rd in the 200 free, stopping the clocking in 1:51.81, and finished 31st in both the 100 free (50.92) and the 100 back (57.03).

Best SCY Times:

  • 50 Free – 20.85
  • 100 Free – 44.30
  • 200 Free – 1:37.29
  • 500 Free – 4:29.50

Navy, under the helm (forgive the pun) of head coach Bill Roberts, topped the scoreboard at this past February Patriot League Championships, as the Midshipman totaled 1,639.5 points, defeating rivals Army, who finished runner-up with 1,598 points.

Sohovich’s best time would immediately put him into scoring position for the Naval Academy. His PB of 1:37.29 would have made him the 6th fastest in the 200 prelims, an event where Navy went 2,4,8 behind Everet Andrew‘s runner-up performance of 1:35.51. In the 100 his PB of 44.30 would have made him the 11th fastest in prelims, an event which was won by Navy’s Jonah Harm (43.47). In comparing his current times to last year’s results, Sohovich would be best served to swim up to the 500, where his PB would have ranked him 13th, whereas in the 50, he would have been 22nd. The Patriot League’s last championships swam three finals of eight swimmers each.

Navy sent six swimmers to the recent U.S. Olympic Trials, where rising sophomore Ben Irwin finished 13th in the semifinals of the 200 back, recording a time of 1:59.89.

Joining Sohovich with a verbal commitment to the Naval Academy for the fall of 2025 are Jaiden Sreenivasan, Zack Arnold, Joshua Lopez, Luke Lamb, Alex Park, Kai Funaro, Charlie Greenwood, and Andrejs Brooks.  About speaking on joining Navy, Sohovich said,

I love that the team reflects the values, mission and purpose of the entire institution. NMSD walks the walk 24/7 and it shows in their results both in life and in the pool.

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Xbox Fan
12 days ago

omg this is so legendary I can’t believe that I can say I talked to him one time at a meet

Ben dover
Reply to  Xbox Fan
3 days ago

Ooo, that boy rough lookin…