Cincinnati Marlins Need Your Thoughts And Prayers

The Cincinnati Marlins are in need of the swimming communities' thoughts and prayers as they deal with the tragic loss of one of their teammates yesterday during practice. In the water the Marlins are one of our biggest rivals, outside the water they are a part of the USA Swimming Family that we are all so lucky to be a part of. Please Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. 

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A senior at Sycamore High School died Tuesday on his 18th birthday after a medical emergency during swim practice, according to school and swim club officials.


Jose Cerda Navarro, 18, was practicing with the Cincinnati Marlins, a private swim club, at Keating Natatorium on St. Xavier High School campus Tuesday afternoon when he had a medical problem and was rushed to Mercy Hospital.

Cerda Navarro died shortly after arriving at the hospital, Sycamore Community Schools’ spokeswoman Erika Daggett said. The cause of death was not available, she said.

Tuesday was Cerda Navarro’s birthday, according to a profile on, which is designed to connect high school athletes with college coaches.

Cerda Navarro was also a member of Sycamore Aviators water polo team, which just wrapped up its season, and has competed on the high school’s swim team in the past, according to Enquirer archives.

As a junior, Cerda Navarro swam on the Aviators’ 200-yard medley relay team that finished sixth at the district meet, qualifying for the state meet. At state, Cerda Navarro and teammates Chris Culin, T.J. Biddle and Matthew Schramm finished 17th in preliminary competition.

Daggett said Sycamore Superintendent Adrienne James was at Mercy Hospital supporting Cerda Navarro’s family Tuesday evening.

Sycamore High School will have grief counselors available for students and staff Wednesday, Daggett said.

It was just a month ago that the school district mourned the death of 2005 graduate Scott Morrison, a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan.