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Thompson Was The 2014 BIG EAST Men's Swimming Championship Most Outstanding Performer
Musketeers Win Two Conference Titles, Have 50 Named To All-BIG EAST Teams
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Head coach Brent MacDonald and senior Chad Thompson speak about the experience of the BIG EAST Championships.
The Xavier men's swimming team became the first team at the university to win a BIG EAST Championship since the school joined the league in July of 2013. The Championship was not only the first BIG EAST crown for any sport at XU, but it was also the first ever league title for the men's or women's swimming programs. Xavier swimming head coach and BIG EAST Men's Swimming Coach of the Year Brent MacDonald and Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer Chad Thompson discussed the accomplishment with GoXavier.com.
Chad Thompson a junior on Xavier's swimming team works at the Bengals on the weekend and also considers his favorite athlete Derek Rose. Learn more about this Chicagoland native in this week's Ask A Musketeer.
2013-14 BIG EAST All-Academic Team
2013-14: Raked in a career-best six gold medals at the BIG EAST Championships in a stellar senior season ... Competed in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke, 200 and 400 individual medleys and the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays ... Earned individual gold medals in the 200 IM (1:50.22), 400 IM (3:55.88) and 200 back (1:48.32) at the BIG EAST Championships on the way to being named the BIG EAST Most Outstanding Performer and All-BIG EAST ... Broke the school record in the 200 back ... Earned team relay gold medals in the 200 free, 400 free and 800 free ... Established a Xavier program record in the 200 free relay (1:21.23) and tied the best time in the 400 free relay (3:00.08) ... Participated in the 2013 AT&T Winter National Championships in two individual events and three relays ... Finished 39th in 200 IM (1:52.42) and 45th in the 200 back (1:51.74) at Winter Nationals ... Also teamed with Luke Johanns, Armando Moss and Rodrigo Suriano for a 10th-place finish in the 800 free relay in the Winter Nationals ... Established Top-3 program times in the 200 IM (1:50.22), 400 IM (3:55.88), and 800 free relay (6:41.02).
2012-13: Competed in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 50, 100 and 200 backstroke, 100 fly, and 200 and 400 individual medley ... Broke the school record and placed second in the 200 free relay (1:21.30) with Luke Johanns, John Kinney and Pablo Morejon at the A-10 Championship ... Broke a school record and placed third in the 400 free relay (3:00.08) along with Sam Conchuratt, Luke Johanns and Pablo Morejon at the A-10 Championship ... Broke the school record and finished second in the 800 free relay (6:36.04) with Sam Conchuratt, Eric Dirvin and Will Oswald ... Broke a school record and finished fourth place in the 200 back (1:48.91) at the A-10 Championship ... Also made top personal times in the 200 IM (1:50.25) placing 4th and 400 IM (3:57.81) placing 3rd at the A-10 Championship.
2011-12: Competed in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 50, 100 and 200 backstroke, 200 and 400 individual medley and swam legs of the 400 and 800 free and 400 medley relays ... Swam the anchor leg of the fourth-place finishing 800 free relay and touched fourth in both the 200 and 400 IM and the 200 back at the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship ... Broke the school record for the 200 back (1:48.93), set a program top-five time in the 200 (1:50.61) and 400 IM (3:58.62), a top-10 time in the 100 back (51.96) and a top-20 time in the 100 free (47.82) ... Named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll following the fall semester ... Earned the Dean's Award for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
2010-11: Finished fourth in the 200 backstroke at the Atlantic 10 Championship ... Also teamed with Michael Zennedjian, Sam Conchuratt, and Nathan Green to take third in the men's 400-yard medley relay at the championship ... Posted a time of 1:51.25 in the 200 backstroke at the Zippy Invitational ... Named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll following the fall semester.
Prior to Xavier: Four-year varsity swimmer at Dekalb High School ... Two-time sectional champions... Two-time state qualifier
Personal: Son of Dan and Kelly Thompson ... One older brother, Travis, and younger sister, Jaylene ... Finance and sports management double major.