H.S. SWIMMING & DIVING | St. X Ties National Record
02/27/2017 06:00 PM
The St. X boys swimming and diving team won its 29th straight state title on Saturday at the KHSAA State Championships.
As a result, the Tigers tied a national boys swimming and diving record, as only two other programs have won 29 consecutive state championships.
“We’ve just been working so hard,” said junior Martin Nitzken. “To have that pay off is just mind-blowing.”
Honolulu Punahou (Hawaii) won 29 straight state titles from 1958-1986, while Jacksonville Bolles (Florida) won 29 straight state titles from 1988-2016.
Bolles and St. X’s streaks are both active, unlike Punahou’s.
“We go into every state meet the same, with our backs to the wall,” said Nitzken. “Everyone’s out there trying to get us. But I think that’s what kind of motivates us, and keeps us going. And that’s why we have 29 in a row right now.”