Top Ohio High Schoolers To Compete at Southwest Ohio Classic

The state of Ohio’s top high school swimming talent will get an early opportunity to showcase their talent this weekend at the Southwest Ohio Swimming and Diving Classic.

In some ways, the meet is “bigger” than the Ohio state championships in that the field of competition and the event lineup are expanded.

The Southwest Ohio Classic runs non-high school events like the 400 IM, 1650 free and 50s of the non-free strokes. In addition, the meet is not divided by class, so swimmers from Division I and Division II compete directly against each other.

The result is a huge turnout of athletes. The Dayton Daily News reports that last year, the meet housed 2,900 swimmers from more than 100 different schools. Because of the huge participation numbers, the meet divides up prelims between nine different facilities ranging from the Countryside YMCA to Miami University. All qualifiers come together for finals at the University of Cincinnatti (diving) and St. Xavier High School in the evenings.

The meet will take place on Saturday and Sunday, with prelims at 8 AM, according to

St. Xavier appears to be the boys team to beat, with Division I state titles in 16 of the last 17 years. They’re led by Junior World Champs gold medalist Grant House. The Ursuline girls are in pursuit of a 6th-straight state title, led by Caroline Blood and Julia Moran.

Full meet results will be available here.

Stay tuned to for a full recap of all the weekend’s action.

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Sean H
5 years ago

Here is a link to the meet website:

While the diving Finals are at UC, the swim finals are at St X, Keating Natatorium

5 years ago

St. Xavier has not won 32 consecutive state titles.

Columbus Saint Charles Preparatory School won the 2008 Ohio State Title.

5 years ago

St X also has 90 guys on the team. Not too hard to win when you have triple the numbers of anyone else AND are a private school.

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