As the rest of the SAC's swim teams cleared out of the Helen P. Brown Natatorium on Saturday afternoon, the Concordia boys and girls teams gathered at the edge of the pool with coach Sean Gibson and then, as one, took a flying leap into the water, shouting and splashing.
It was a well-earned celebration for the Cadets, who saw their boys team win the SAC swimming championship for the third straight year and the girls take home the conference title for the second time in three seasons after being edged by Bishop Dwenger in 2019.
"That was really hype," Concordia's Finn Brooks said of the celebration. "Everybody was going crazy, we were all just really happy about the meet. It was really fun."
Brooks was a significant reason why the boys team was part of the post-meet festitivies. The junior set a pair of SAC championship meet records, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 20.68 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 49.64 seconds.
He also swam the fastest leg on the winning 200 freestyle relay team and was part of the 200 medley relay, which also took first place.
"Finn is a kid who is born with incredible God-given ability, just physical ability," Gibson said. "Just trying to get him to push hard and train hard and this season he came in with a different attitude than the last two and he was ready to achieve to that potential, to work to that potential, to train to that potential."
On the girls side, sophomore Katie McKay showed off her significant potential, winning the 50 free in 25.33 seconds and the 100 free in 55.53. In addition, she was the fastest leg on the 200 medley relay team that won in 2:00.15 and the 200 free relay group that took the conference title in 1:50.80.
Senior Lauren Doerffler was also part of 200 medley relay team and won individual titles in the 200 individual medley in 2:25.09 and the 100 backstroke in 1:08.33.
The Cadets girls needed every point after coming in second to the Saints by just nine points in last season's conference meet. On Saturday, Dwenger led early, but Concordia rallied in the final 10 events to finish with 414 points to the Saints' 389.
"It was awesome," McKay said of taking home the SAC championship. "I was just overwhelmed with emotions and it's just so fun because my friends and I have grown so close from practices and we've worked so hard. We were like, 'This is our year, we're gonna get this.' We just worked hard and worked together."
The Cadets boys finished with 545 points, while Snider was second with 346 and Dwenger was third with 249. Snider was third on the girls side with 278.
In diving, the Saints' Anna Yaggy broke her own record, set in 2018, with a composite score of 495.35. Concordia's Matthew Hayward won the boys diving competition with a 483.05 total.