For years, the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference championship meet has been dominated by Loyola Academy and host Fenwick.
However, a South Side school suffering from a long championship drought spoiled those teams’ fun with a dazzling performance on Feb. 7.
Brother Rice (373) outlasted a strong field of 13 teams, including runner-up St. Ignatius (322), Loyola Academy (321) and Fenwick (272), to win the program’s first conference crown since 1995.
“When we went to the seed meeting, we were underdogs by 20-some points without diving factored in. We told the guys we were in a hole, and we’d have to fight back,” said Brother Rice Coach Tony Cichowicz. “They trained hard all season and had to go get it. They all stepped up. At least a half dozen kids made state cuts. It was phenomenal. They swam out of their minds.”