Depth and eight event titles helped the St. Charles Preparatory School swimming and diving team win its 16th consecutive CCL championship Jan. 25.
The host Cardinals totaled 481 points in the league meet to finish ahead of Hartley (249), DeSales (120) and Watterson (54).
"In our league, depth is the key," coach Geoff Gear said. "The meet scores up to 12 places and we take a lot of points on depth."
Franz Kabelka won two events -- the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 4.62 seconds) and 200 individual medley (2:00.38). Also winning events were Austin Beam (100 butterfly, 55.12), Casey Horan (500 freestyle, 5:23.81) and Nick Ward (100 backstroke, 57.94).
The Cardinals won all three relays. The 200 medley relay of Beam, Derek Nguyen, Tyler Welty and Andrew Alfred was first in 1:43.01. Ben Sugar, Nicholas Eramo, Devon Saccocio and Sam Smith won the 200 free relay in 1:34.72, and the 400 free relay of Adam Lieser, Michael Ritchey, Ward and Hannes Kabelka won in 3:27.78.
Andrew Hoffman was runner-up in the 50 free (23.4) and 500 free (5:31.42). Also finishing second were Joe Heller (100 fly, 1:05.09), Max Penn (200 IM, 2:08.9), William Siefert (diving, 287.0 points), Sugar (200 free, 1:56.24) and Welty (100 free, 52.01).
Wrestling team preps for home CCL tourney
The wrestling team plays host to the CCL tournament Saturday, Feb. 1.
Last season, the Cardinals won the event with 263 points, ahead of runner-up Hartley (238), as Tim Rooney (132 pounds) and Danny Wolfe (106) won titles.
St. Charles lost to Olentangy Orange 44-21 on Jan. 22 at Delaware in the first round of Region 5-B in the Division I state team tournament. Dawson Geiser (126), Nick Valin (170) and Wolfe (120) won by pin and Cole Delaney (160) won by decision.
On Jan. 25, the Cardinals finished second in the six-team Westerville South Duals, losing to the host team 49-30 in the title match. They defeated Liberty Union 39-28, Westland 36-30 and a team that combined wrestlers from Columbus South and Independence 61-23.
Geiser (126), Kolbe Sarko (113/120) and Wolfe (113/120) went 4-0, and Delaney (152/160) and Will Somodi (195) went 3-1.
Hockey team leads CHC-White Division
The hockey team, which is 23-3-2 overall and 10-2 in the Capital Hockey Conference, had its game with Gahanna postponed Jan. 26 because of bad weather.
The Cardinals were ranked second in the district behind Orange and seventh in the state behind top-ranked Cleveland St. Ignatius in last week's polls.
Entering the week, St. Charles led the CHC-White Division at 10-2 (20 points), ahead of Upper Arlington (8-2-2-1, 19). DeSales and Gahanna both were 6-7 with 12 points
On Jan. 24, the Cardinals defeated Cincinnati Moeller 5-1. Max Howson, Clayton Klosz, Danny Schirtzinger, Mitch Wade and Jacob Weikert scored.
Basketball team drops two games
The basketball team was 7-7 overall before playing Whitehall on Jan. 28.
The Cardinals dropped to 3-3 in the CCL by losing to Ready 53-45 on Jan. 24. Sean Hennessey had 15 points, Braden Budd scored 13 and Otis Smith had 10.
Hennessey scored 15 points in a 60-59 loss to Franklin Heights on Jan. 25. Smith had 12 points and David Aslaner and Budd both added 11.
Bowling team wins two more matches
The bowling team was 8-2 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division before facing Linden-McKinley on Jan. 27.
The Cardinals defeated Hartley 2,062-1,714 on Jan. 22 as David Downey and Daniel Munsell each rolled a 387 series. Wyatt Beltz had a 367 and Noah Thomas had a 339.
On Jan. 24, St. Charles defeated Columbus International 1,670-1,208. Thomas had a 399 series.