Although the combined team title wasn't the main focus, the Chevington Woods Kingfish swimming team had enough good individuals to win a sixth consecutive Tri-County Aquatic League meet championship July 22 in Canal Winchester.

Although the combined team title wasn't the main focus, the Chevington Woods Kingfish swimming team had enough good individuals to win a sixth consecutive Tri-County Aquatic League meet championship July 22 in Canal Winchester.

Chevington Woods' boys and girls teams scored a combined 817.5 points, nearly doubling the total of runner-up Huntington Hills Froggers (472).

"Overall, the kids did a great job," Chevington Woods coach Seth Bower said. "The main goal was to have fun while working on your stroke and decreasing time. I feel like the kids had real success this year doing that."

On the girls side, the Kingfish scored 385.5 points to outdistance the runner-up Bexley Marlins (213).

"I feel like it's a mix of both (team and individual success)," said Pickerington North senior Morgan Grodesky of Chevington Woods' mindset. "It's all about fun. They want to come out here and swim well, but also have fun."

Grodesky was part of a 200-meter freestyle relay that won in 2 minutes, 0.62 seconds.

Also on that relay were Katey Fisher, Carlie Focke and Jessica Kaiser. Fisher, also a senior at North, had wins in the 100 backstroke (1:11.86) and the 50 butterfly (31.35) as Chevington Woods won a combined 16 of the meet's 77 events. That number was down from 40 last year.

Huntington Hills finished third on the girls side (183), followed by Groveport Fighting Fish (181), Valley View Gators (176), Moundbuilders Country Club (138), Lancaster Country Club (136), Canal Winchester (107), Pickerington Tiger Sharks (96), Pataskala Area Swim Team (50), Baltimore Sea Lions (44.5), Millersport Barracudas (38) and Spring Valley Stingrays (28).

ĽOn the boys side, Chevington Woods scored 418 points to finish well ahead of Huntington Hills (279).

St. Charles graduate Justin Shotwell, who turned in a strong performance last year as a swimmer for Chevington Woods, served as a coach this season while on break from Evansville.

"I feel like summer swimming league is a good chance to get people interested in swimming, so they come out for the club teams or come out for high school in the fall and winter," said Shotwell, who has been with Chevington Woods for 12 years. "We're big on tradition and keeping (the championship streak) going for another year."

Pacing the boys team was the foursome of Jay Schuh, Bob Huey, William Grodesky and Paul Hintz, who won both the 200 free relay (1:42.91) and the 200 medley relay (1:53.33).

The 200 free relay set a meet record in a race in which it tied the Lancaster relay of Garrett Anderson, Addison Miller, Ryan Blankenship and Christopher DePietro.

Finishing third on the boys side was Valley View (249), followed by Lancaster (194), Groveport (92) Millersport (90), Bexley (75), Baltimore (74), Pickerington (73), Pataskala (47), Canal Winchester (38) and Spring Valley (15).

After the meet, the combined team scores were broken down into three divisions for the awards announcement. Teams that placed sixth through ninth were considered Division II teams and 10th and lower were considered Division III.

By those standards, Bexley (288) finished ahead of Groveport (273) for the Division II combined team championship and Millersport (130) won the Division III championship over Baltimore (122.5).

Bexley's Fionna Haines loses her goggles July 22 while racing in the 100-meter medley relay in the 8-and-under division during the Tri-County Aquatic League meet.