The Bexley High School boys swimming team has improved its standing in the MSL in each of the last three seasons. The Lions hope that's a trend that continues in the league meet Saturday at Columbus Academy.

The Bexley High School boys swimming team has improved its standing in the MSL in each of the last three seasons. The Lions hope that's a trend that continues in the league meet Saturday at Columbus Academy.

"The league meet is one of the meets the kids look forward to," coach Natalie Mossman said. "It's always a fun meet. Academy always has a good team and we didn't get a chance to swim against Granville, so it'll be good to see them again."

Last season the boys team finished third (38 points) behind Academy (95) and Granville (67.5) and ahead of Grandview (36), Heath (22), Circleville (16), Liberty Union (15.5), Canal Winchester (14), Bloom Carroll (9), Teays Valley (9) and Newark Catholic (2).

The girls team was second (69) behind Academy (91) and ahead of Granville (50), Bloom-Carroll (33), Liberty Union (29), Grandview (24), Canal Winchester (10), Circleville (8), Licking Valley (6), Fisher Catholic (5.5), Heath (4) and Amanda-Clearcreek (4).

"It's definitely a competitive meet," junior Allie Cardenas said. "It's good to see what the other teams have and it gets you better prepared for the (postseason)."

Last year in the Division II girls district meet, Granville (215), Bexley (208) and Academy (193) finished third, fourth and fifth. Academy (108) and Granville (73) placed sixth and 10th in the boys district meet, but this year there are two divisions for boys.

The girls team could stack up well with Academy and Granville in the relays. Granville was fourth (2 minutes, 0.78 seconds), Academy was sixth (2:01.54) and Bexley was seventh (2:02.59) in the 200-yard medley relay in the Division II area honor roll last week. Also, Granville was third (1:46.0), Bexley was fifth (1:49.97) and Academy was seventh (1:51.48) in the 200 freestyle relay. Ranen Jones was sixth (1:02.2) in the 100 butterfly and Kathleen Dorman was ninth (1:14.82) in the 100 breaststroke.

Academy is led by Sarah Wilson, who is in the top 10 in the honor roll in three events, including the 200 free (third, 2:01.0). Granville is led by Lori Davis, who is ranked first in the 50 free (24.73) and second in the 100 free (54.55). Liberty Union is led by Maddie Lawhorn, who is first in the 100 fly (1:00.55) and 100 breast (1:07.03).

"There has definitely been an increase of competitive swimmers," Cardenas said. "I know there's a big class of freshman swimmers. That's going to make for better competition. It's fun to see times (become faster)."

The boys team is ranked in two events in the area honor roll -- seventh (1:36.84) in the 200 free relay and ninth (3:49.68) in the 400 free relay. Tyler Johnson, the MSL runner-up in the 200 individual medley (2:11.47) and 100 backstroke (59.07) last year, is back. He, Ari Schwartz, Tim Beck and graduate William Lesser were second in the 200 medley relay (1:53.05) last year.

"I don't think anyone expected us to get second," Schwartz said. "It was really exciting to see us jump from being seeded fourth to second."

Academy is led Jackson Humphrey (second in honor roll in 500 free, 4:54.25) and William Rosler (third in 100 fly, 54.18; third in 100 free, 50.57). Heath is led by Tyler Paulsen (second in 100 free, 49.87; fourth in 50 free, 22.71).

"It's always been sort of a struggle for Bexley to get a team full of guy swimmers," Schwartz said. "In order to do well at a meet like this you need to try hard for the firsts and seconds, but you also need guys to place third, fourth and fifth. The more guys we have, the better our chances."

•The girls basketball team will play Friday at Newark Catholic, which was 12-2 overall and 9-1 in MSL-Ohio Division after defeating Heath 56-52 last Saturday.

The Green Wave feature the 3-point shooting of Heather Blair, Lauren Blair, Kendra Blair and Laura Gilmore.

Newark Catholic hit a season-high 10 3-pointers last Saturday. Kendra Blair made three and scored 22 points and Heather Blair made three and scored 17 points. Through 14 games the Green Wave had made 74 3-pointers, led by Gilmore with 28 and Heather Blair with 26.

"Newark Catholic has multiple players who can shoot from the outside," coach Rick Ferkel said. "The key to stopping them is going to be communication. We have to be able to get through their screens and make sure to get a hand into the shooter's face."

The Green Wave beat Bexley 63-58 in overtime Dec. 16.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Bexley boys basketball, girls basketball, boys and girls swimming and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Last Friday -- Lost to Heath 59-46. Julian Coleman scored 13 points and Matt Asensio had 10.

Last Saturday -- Lost to Upper Arlington 60-53. Julian Coleman scored 25 points.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Licking Valley

Today -- Home vs. Horizon Science

*Saturday -- At Columbus Academy. The Vikings, who lost to Bexley 67-55 on Dec. 13, were 5-7 overall and 2-5 in the MSL-Ohio after losing to Licking Valley 49-47 last Friday.

Of note: The Lions were 6-5 overall and 3-4 in MSL-Ohio before last Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Last Saturday -- Lost to Granville 58-54. Ashley Dennis scored 29 points and Lily Watson scored 11.

*Friday -- At Newark Catholic. The Green Wave, who beat Bexley 63-58 in overtime Dec. 16, was 12-2 overall and 9-1 in MSL-Ohio after defeating Heath 56-52 last Saturday.

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Lakewood. The Lancers, who lost to Bexley 49-46 on Dec. 20, were 2-10 overall and 2-8 in the MSL-Ohio after defeating Academy 53-52 last Saturday.

Feb. 5 -- Home vs. Jonathan Alder

Of note: The Lions are 5-8 overall and 3-5 in MSL-Ohio.

SWIMMING

Last Friday -- Boys: Defeated Bloom-Carroll 59-29, def. Liberty Union 69-19; Girls: Def. Bloom-Carroll 75-19, def. Liberty Union 57-35

Last Saturday -- Boys: Lost to Dublin Scioto 113-63; Girls: Def. Scioto 100-68

Saturday -- At MSL meet at Academy

WRESTLING

*Last Monday -- Competed against Licking Valley and Academy

*Last Wednesday -- Competed against Newark Catholic and Heath

*Wednesday -- At Granville

*MSL-Ohio contest