Several members of the Chevington Woods Kingfish swimming team were disappointed when they heard that coach Seth Bower won't be able to return next summer because he plans to be in Africa working for the Peace Corps.

Several members of the Chevington Woods Kingfish swimming team were disappointed when they heard that coach Seth Bower won't be able to return next summer because he plans to be in Africa working for the Peace Corps.

The Kingfish were able to give the fifth-year coach a proper sendoff July 24 at the Canal Winchester Municipal Pool by winning the Tri-County Aquatic League championship for a fourth consecutive season.

"It's really special to see our team do so well in what will be my last meet with them," said Bower, who shares coaching duties with Stephanie Donley. "Our team has a really special bond, and this was one of those meets where the kids had tremendous performances across the board. I've been a part of this team the past 10 years as a swimmer and then a coach, and this is the perfect way to finish."

Chevington Woods scored 3,666.5 points to finish ahead of Valley View (1,906), Lancaster Country Club (1,734.5), Huntington Hills Froggers (1,358), Bexley Blue Marlins (1,308), Canal Winchester Swim Team (1,250.5), Moundbuilders Swim Club (892.5), Groveport Fighting Fish (679.5), Baltimore Sea Lions (585), Stingrays (445), Millersport Barracudas (391.5) and Pataskala Area Swim Team (383).

Setting meets records for Chevington Woods were Paul Hintz, Ben Witosky, Justin Mathews and William Grodesky in the boys 13-14 age group 200-meter freestyle relay (1 minute, 55.97 seconds), Paul Huey (15-18) in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.86), Janel Woods (13-14) in the 50 breast (35.44), the girls under-8 100 free relay (1:14.69) of Emily Borchers, Rachael LeMay, Janessa Mathews and Alicia Donley, Andrew Donley (U-8) in the 25 free (17.34), Janessa Mathews (U-8) in the 25 breast (22.26) and the girls U-8 100 medley relay (1:24.1) of Gracie Kane, Janessa Mathews, Alicia Donley and Borchers.

"We have 170 kids, and most of them aren't year-round swimmers, but they're all improving," Donley said.

"The kids push each other to get better, but the key is we keep it fun. We had 80 kids on the team when Seth and I started coaching together, but they're enjoying themselves and are numbers keep improving."

Jay Schuh, a junior at St. Charles Preparatory School, won three events and was second in another. Competing in the boys 15-18 age group, Schuh won the 50 free (25.41) and 100 backstroke (1:02.6) and joined Huey, Billy Ross and Justin Shotwell to win the 200 medley relay (1:52.95).

Schuh's time in the 100 back broke Zach Fisher's meet record of 1:03.85, set in 2003; and Chevington Woods' 200 medley relay beat its own record of 1:55.91, set in 2004.

Chevington Woods' boys 15-18 200 free relay of Billy Ross, Shotwell, Huey and Schuh was second (1:43.78) behind the Stingrays (1:43.75).

"Our medley relay was the highlight for our team here," said Shotwell, a senior at St. Charles. "It was a great day for Jay. Someone gave him a cookie cake for his birthday and he ended up sharing it with his teammates. Jay and I were a part of the St. Charles team that won the (2008 Division I boys) state championship. This is more for fun than high school swimming. There's not much pressure to win, but we still had a great time."

The Blue Marlins won the Division II team title ahead of runner-up Canal Winchester. It was sweet revenge for Bexley, which lost to Canal Winchester in a dual June 25.

"We were nervous coming into today," assistant William Lesser said. "This is the third year in a row that we've finished first in Division II, and it's just as meaningful as the first two. This championship is the culmination of a perfect season."

Placing first for Bexley were Kate Marshner (15-18) in the 100 breast (1:16.14) and the 15-18 200 medley relay (meet-record 2:11.37) of Sam Mossman, Marshner, Rachel Leeds and Ranen Jones.

"We had a ton of time drops," assistant Sarah Hughes said.

"We're really proud of all the team records that we set here."

Canal Winchester was led by William Rosler, who set 13-14 boys meet records in the 100 individual medley (1:03.56) and 50 back (30.33).

Winners for the girls team were Kori Pastor (15-16) in the 100 free (1:03.96), Miaya Green (9-10) in the 25 back (20.79), Makayla Blankenship (9-10) in the 25 breast (19.95), the girls 9-10 100 free relay (1:07.9) of Blankenship, Kylie Harper, Maddie McCoy and Green and the 9-10 100 medley relay (1:18.27) of Green, Blankenship, Harper and McCoy.

"We were hoping to finish first in Division II but a lot of our kids broke their personal records, and they all had fun, so it was a good meet for us," coach Renee Blankenship said. "Our 9-10 girls medley relay finished the season undefeated. Another big highlight was Blake Fry, who is only 6 years old, learned the breaststroke in three days so that we could have a boys (U-8 medley) relay for the first time. Blake did great with that stroke, too."

Also setting meet records were Moundbuilders Swim Club's Abby Stone (11-12) in the 50 butterfly (31.59) and the Valley View girls 15-18 200 free relay (1:58.28) of Sara Weigel, Morgan Dewey, Melissa Davis and Morgan Smith.