In the fall of 2017, Jesuit became the first Hillsborough County school to capture a swimming State Championship in 71 years. In 2018, they did it again, repeating as State Champion (photo below), a feat achieved only one other time by a Tampa Bay area school, St. Petersburg High, nearly a century ago in the 1920s. The Tigers finished 3rd in 2019, marking the sixth consecutive season Jesuit has finished in the Top 3 at State.
In 2017 at State, the Tigers were propelled to the 2A crown by taking second place in three relays, and Brendan Driscoll '19 (pictured at top right with head coach Bill Shaffer) claimed Jesuit's lone individual State title in the 500 freestyle. Driscoll also earned the prestigious Hicks Award as the county's Outstanding Swimmer. In 2018 at State, the Tigers earned 1st, 2nd, and 4th in the pivotal relays, Driscoll repeated as State Champion in the 500 free as Jesuit won State again. In 2019, the Tigers won the City Relay title and went 8-0 in dual meets. Nick Shaffer '21 won four events at the Region Meet, while Anthony Kirchner '20 won three. Shaffer led the way at State with four bronze medals (200 IM, 100 back, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay). The 2020 squad will be led by Nick Shaffer and a core of seven seniors.
Under the direction of Bill Shaffer since 1996, the Tigers have been one of Florida's elite programs for decades, producing numerous All-County, State Champion, and collegiate swimmers. Entering 2020, Jesuit has claimed a remarkable 23 straight District titles, 11 consecutive Region crowns, and finished Top 3 at State each of the past five years, including runner-up finishes in 2014 and '15 before winning the 2017 and '18 crowns. They are 182-7-1 in dual meets under Shaffer. In 2015 and '16, the Tigers won the State Championship in the 200 freestyle relay, and in 2015, Tommy Shaffer '16, who now swims at Army West Point, claimed the 100 freestyle gold medal at State and was named the county's Outstanding Swimmer. Byrne Litschgi '16, who now swims at the University of Chicago, and Tommy Shaffer led two relays to gold at State in 2015, the 200 freestyle and the 200 medley. Litschgi set four school records at Chicago in 2018-19 and won the NCAA DIII National Championship in the 200 backstroke In 2014, Austin Sellers '15, who swam at North Carolina, capped a historic season at the State Meet with three individual silver medals and a gold, winning the title in the 100 breaststroke and coming within 0.18 of a state record. In 2016, Chris Swanson '12 became the first-ever collegiate National Champion from the University of Pennsylvania, winning the 1,650 freestyle NCAA DI crown. Driscoll capped off his Jesuit career with multiple Olympic Trials-qualifying times at Junior Nationals in the summer of 2019, and he now swims for Duke University.
Charlie Hahn '87 (since 1997)
Kathie McNeil (2005)
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2020 Jesuit Swimming Roster