NAME: Thackston McMullan
SCHOOL: St. Xavier High School
GRADUATING YEAR: 2024
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Helping team win state championship, earning four gold medals in four events
WEIGHT: 205 lbs.
RESIDENCE: St. Bernard
PARENTS: Jason & Kate
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: “Coach Dave Albert”
FUTURE GOAL: Score points at the NCAAs and help team win a title
One of the area's elite swimmers is St. Xavier senior Thackston McMullan, who has already won five Ohio state championships and is a 16-time NISCA swimming All-American.
Thackston's successful career has seen him win individual state titles twice in the 500 freestyle and once in the 200 freestyle; plus, he has earned one state title as a member of the Bombers' state-winning 200 freestyle relay team and one as a member of a champion 400 freestyle relay team. He has also won seven district championships. He was last year's Cincinnati Enquirer's Male Swimmer of the Year.
Success began early for the AquaBomber: His freshman year, he was on the St. Xavier team that won a 13th straight Ohio state team championship. His sophomore year, he won the Bomber's only individual state championship that year, in the 500 freestyle.
Also a member of the Cincinnati Marlins club team, Thackston was invited to the USA Swimming National Select Camp for the top fifty swimmers in the U17 age category.
A Scholastic All-American who is active in community service, he will swim collegiately at the University of California-Berkeley. His favorite athlete is Ryan Murphy, favorite entertainer is Joe Gatto, favorite book is The Book Thief, favorite movie is Interstellar and most-like-to-meet is Michael Phelps.
COACH'S QUOTE – “Thackston McMullan embraces the best qualities of St. Xavier Swimming and Diving. A fierce competitor, loyal teammate, and committed to our program’s collective goals.”
— Dave Albert, Varsity Swim Coach