St. Charles Preparatory School swimming coach Kyle Goodrich yearns for the day when the rest of the CCL can compete with his program. Until then, the CCL championship won't hold special meaning for the Cardinals.

St. Charles Preparatory School swimming coach Kyle Goodrich yearns for the day when the rest of the CCL can compete with his program. Until then, the CCL championship won't hold special meaning for the Cardinals.

"I don't mean to sound disrespectful, but it's not even something we talk about," Goodrich said.

St. Charles is the only boys team to have won the CCL championship since team scores started being kept in the 1998-99 season.

"It's pretty much a given in our minds," Goodrich said.

He will get no argument from Watterson coach Quintin Ward, who fully expects the Cardinals to finish first in the CCL meet again this year, which would mark their 11th consecutive championship.

The diving competition is today at Columbus School for Girls and the swimming competition will be Saturday at St. Charles.

Last season, St. Charles won eight of 12 events and cruised to the championship, scoring 424 points to finish well ahead of Watterson (293), DeSales (247), Hartley (103) and Worthington Christian (21).

The Cardinals won 11 of 12 events in 2007 after winning all 12 in 2006.

"It's very clear that St. Charles is going to win the CCL, but being runner-up again would be a nice accomplishment for us, considering that we have only nine guys on our team," Ward said.

Although Goodrich acknowledges that the fact that St. Charles has its own pool is "a tremendous help," he believes at least some of the other CCL teams will be much more competitive in the future. He is encouraged by the progress the teams have made in recent years.

"My hope is for a competitive league," Goodrich said. "I hope the other teams continue to grow. I don't want my team to get weaker. I want to build our league up.

"There are some very strong swimmers in the CCL, but the team depth is not even close (to ours). They don't have the team depth yet. Right now, our numbers, if nothing else, overwhelm the other teams."

To help offset the advantage his team has numbers-wise and try to make the meet more competitive, Goodrich limits most of his top swimmers to one individual event and places many of them in events that they normally don't swim.

"I try to give as many kids as possible a chance to win a CCL title," he said. "The challenge is finding the right lineup because you want to respect the meet and the competition and not treat it like a (junior varsity) meet."

With the way St. Charles has dominated, Goodrich is worried that the Cardinals may eventually take winning the league championship for granted.

"That's definitely a potential problem," he said. "It's our job as coaches to make sure that doesn't happen. What we tell the kids is, what can you do as individuals to help others on the team? That's where we find that motivation."

In the state rankings on swimmeet.com last week, St. Charles had the third-fastest time in the 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 37.62 seconds).

Also ranked in the top 20 for the Cardinals were the 200 freestyle relay (fifth, 1:28.62), the 400 free relay (seventh, 3:15.63), Nick Schuttinger in the 100 butterfly (sixth, 51.91), 50 free (10th, 21.7), 200 individual medley (12th, 1:58.56) and 200 free (20th, 1:46.36), Erik Mai in the 100 breaststroke (seventh, 59.7), 200 IM (10th, 1:58.25) and 100 fly (14th, 52.8), Sandy Whitaker in the 100 backstroke (eighth, 53.56) and 100 fly (16th, 52.88), Sam Kocher in the 100 back (ninth, 53.62), Jay Schuh in the 100 back (11th, 54.28) and Eric Grunden in the 100 breast (17th, 1:01.71).

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the St. Charles basketball, hockey and wrestling teams:

BASKETBALL

Jan. 20 -- Lost to Dublin Scioto 64-37. Jourdan Wickliffe scored 11 points and Dane McLoughlin scored 10.

Last Saturday -- Lost to Olentangy Orange 60-45. McLoughlin scored 12 points.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Ready

*Friday -- At Watterson. The Eagles won 62-51 on Dec. 12.

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Hartley. The Cardinals lost to the Hawks 71-52 on Dec. 19.

Of note: The Cardinals were 4-8 overall and 0-4 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

*CCL game

HOCKEY

*Last Friday -- Defeated Olentangy Orange 4-1

*Last Saturday -- Def. Upper Arlington 3-0

*Last Sunday -- Def. Dublin Scioto 11-1

*Today -- At Chiller in Dublin vs. Dublin Coffman. The Cardinals lost to the Shamrocks 3-1 on Dec. 21.

Saturday -- At Dispatch Ice Haus vs. Cincinnati St. Xavier

Of note: The Cardinals are 8-17-1 overall and 5-7 in the CHC.

*CHC game

WRESTLING

Jan. 22 -- Defeated Newark 52-15; lost to Westland 39-26

Last Saturday -- Finished sixth of eight teams in Gahanna Duals. St. Charles lost to Teays Valley 47-21 and Canal Winchester 44-32, beat Lima Senior 75-0 and lost to Streetsboro 39-36 in the fifth-place match

Feb. 7 -- Home St. Charles Invitational