For the seventh consecutive summer, the Tri-County Aquatics League championship meet ended with the Chevington Woods Kingfish swimming team coming out on top.

For the seventh consecutive summer, the Tri-County Aquatics League championship meet ended with the Chevington Woods Kingfish swimming team coming out on top.

The boys and girls teams of Chevington Woods combined to score 850.5 points and finish well ahead of the second-place Huntington Hills Froggers (531) in the 12-team meet on July 21 in Canal Winchester.

"I thought we swam really well. It was a hot day, so we had to hydrate and get over that," said first-year Chevington Woods coach Kevin Yates. "We put in a lot of hard work on basically the fundamentals, and I think it paid off for us. All the kids stepped up. The great thing about the Tri-County league is everyone swims, and it's such a competitive meet."

The Kingfish won 34 of 77 events held during the meet, which began at 8 a.m. and concluded just before 9 p.m. on a day when the heat index was almost 110 degrees.

"It's amazing. To be on the team for 12 years, it kind of finally hit me that it was over," said Pickerington North graduate Morgan Grodesky, who competed for the Kingfish. "It was nice to see the little kids improve and everyone was cheering and everyone was excited."

On the girls side, Chevington Woods accumulated 431.5 points. The Groveport Fighting Fish (358) were second.

Grodesky, who will attend Florida Atlantic on a partial swimming scholarship, participated in the first-place 200-meter medley relay (2 minutes, 13.24 seconds), won the 50 freestyle (29.09), finished second in the 100 freestyle (1:07.51) and helped Chevington Woods win the 200 free relay (1:59.74).

In the 200 free relay, Grodesky, Katey Fisher, Kelly Mason and Taylor Shotwell finished just short of the meet record of 1:57.27.

The Huntington Hills girls finished third (268), followed by the Valley View Gators (161), Bexley Marlins (137), Baltimore Sea Lions (127.5), Canal Winchester (84.5), Pickerington Tiger Sharks (73), Pataskala Area Swim Team (47.5), Spring Valley Stingrays (45), Moundbuilders Country Club (35) and Lancaster Country Club (8).

On the boys side, Chevington Woods topped runner-up Huntington Hills 419-263.

"It was great because the former coaches did such a great job that I was able to just step right in and put in what I believe was important, and it seemed to really pay off today," said Yates, who took over the program from Seth Bower. "It's a great team, a very supportive team, and I am happy to see all of them be successful and have a great meet."

Finishing third on the boys side was Valley View (248) followed by Groveport (148), Pickerington (140), Baltimore (120), Pataskala (105), Moundbuilders (96), Lancaster (93), Bexley (70), Spring Valley (45) and Canal Winchester (21).

The second-place battle between Huntington Hills and Valley View was close throughout the meet.

Huntington Hills received a strong performance from Andrew Martin, who captured first place in the 100 individual medley (1:05.91) and the 100 free (56.91). Martin also was part of the 200 free relay that won in 1:43.9. Also on that relay were Jacob Griffith, Adam Ingram and Joshua Cohen.

"All of our kids all the way around swam fantastic races today," Huntington Hills co-coach Rick Maddox said. "If I had to guess I'd say probably 70 percent of our swimmers swam best times today. So coming in second mixed with personal improvements, it is a great day for us at Huntington Hills."

Combined team scores were broken down into three divisions. Teams that finished fifth through eighth were considered Division II and ninth and lower were considered Division III.

Baltimore (247.5) won the Division II title ahead of Pickerington (213) and Moundbuilders (131) won the Division III championship ahead of Lancaster (101).