Watterson High School boys and girls swimming and diving coach Quintin Ward doesn't see any reason why his girls team shouldn't win its third consecutive CCL title when its competes in the league meet today at Columbus School for Girls (diving) and Saturday at St. Charles (swimming).

Watterson High School boys and girls swimming and diving coach Quintin Ward doesn't see any reason why his girls team shouldn't win its third consecutive CCL title when its competes in the league meet today at Columbus School for Girls (diving) and Saturday at St. Charles (swimming).

The Eagles were represented in the top 20 of the state honor roll in eight events last week. No other CCL team had anyone in the top 20.

But Ward was quick to remind his athletes that they will need to continue to put forth their best effort to win another CCL championship.

"We're the clear favorite to win the CCL but there's no guarantee that we're going to win it because any team can have a bad day," said Ward, whose team also will compete Friday at St. Charles against CSG. "We don't know how well any of the other teams are going to perform, so we just need to make sure we do our best because it looks like we've got the most talent and depth of any team that's going to be there."

The Eagles scored 399 points to win the CCL last year ahead of Hartley (326), CSG (194), DeSales (192) and Worthington Christian (35). Ward said Hartley is the Eagles' top competition again.

Last week, in the Central/East/Southeast Division I rankings, Gracie Finnegan was first in the 100-yard freestyle (51.91 seconds), third in the 50 free (24.18) and 10th in the 200 individual medley (2:15.28). Michelle Rielly was fifth in the 50 free (24.63) and ninth in the 100 free (54.46). Emily Boone was sixth in the 200 IM (2:12.86) and 100 butterfly (59.24). Camey Rabold was sixth in the 200 free (1:57.07) and 100 free (54.19), eighth in the 500 free (5:14.26) and 10th in the 100 free (25.52). Liz Boeckman was sixth in diving (186.4 points). Alyson Francis was eighth in the 50 free (25.29). The 200 medley relay was fifth (1:54.38), the 200 free relay (1:39.23) and the 400 free relay (3:39.31) were second.

In the Division II rankings, Hartley's 200 medley relay (1:57.77), 200 free relay (1:45.28) and 400 free relay (3:50.72) were second. Tiffany Aeling was second in the 200 free (2:00.25), third in the 500 free (5:20.38), fourth in the 200 IM (2:18.29) and seventh in the 50 free (25.91). Ellie Hanson was second in diving (161.48). Jessica Carpenter was fifth in the 200 free (2:02.96) and 100 fly (1:02.05), sixth in the 100 free (56.48), eighth in the 100 back (1:03.49), ninth in the 200 IM (2:21.33) and 10th in the 50 free (26.41).

Watterson beat DeSales 107-63 last Saturday.

"Hartley is probably going to be our best competition because DeSales doesn't have as much depth as they had in years past," said Finnegan, who is the defending state champion in the 50 free and 100 free. "I'm confident that we'll do well as long as we all swim our best and place well. We can't get overconfident, because when you come into a meet already thinking that you're the best, that's when someone surprises you."

The Eagles lost to Centerville 101-69 on Jan. 19 but bounced back to defeat Olentangy Liberty 86-84 last Friday. Winners last Friday were Boone (200 IM, 2:17.29), Rielly (50 free, 25.28), Catie Clark (100 fly, 1:02.88), Finnegan (100 free, 53.98), Rabold (500 free, 5:22.76), the 200 free relay (1:42.14) and the 400 free relay (3:46.78).

Liberty was second in the Division I district meet behind Upper Arlington each of the previous three seasons.

"Our girls have never beaten Liberty before and that's one of their big goals for the season," Ward said. "It's big because they've been the district runner-up the past three years and that's what we want to become."

•The boys team is gunning for a second-place finish in the CCL behind defending state champion St. Charles for a third consecutive year. Last season, the Eagles were second (293) behind the Cardinals (424) and ahead of DeSales (247), Hartley (103) and Worthington Christian (21).

Watterson lost to Liberty 110-51 last Friday and DeSales 114-49 last Saturday. Winners last Friday were Michael Clark (50 free, 24.87; 500 free, 5:14.02), Pat Donohoe (200 IM, 2:07.79) and the 200 free relay (1:41.57).

The Eagles, who will compete Friday at St. Charles in a dual, weren't represented in the Central/East/Southeast Division I rankings last week. St. Charles had the best times in the 200 medley and 200 free relays and had multiple athletes ranked in all of the individuals events, with the exception of diving and the 500 free. No other CCL team was represented in the rankings.

"It's very clear that St. Charles is going to win the CCL, but being runner-up again would be a nice accomplishment considering that we have only nine guys on our team," Ward said. "DeSales has come on strong the last few years and they've already beaten us this season, so we'll probably need to swim faster times to knock them off."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Watterson girls basketball, boys basketball and wrestling teams:

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 21 -- Defeated Hartley 60-39. Daiva Gerbec scored 18 points, Courtney Haley had 11 and Melissa Gilliland had 10.

Last Monday -- Def. Teays Valley 54-24

*Last Wednesday -- Played Columbus School for Girls

*Saturday -- Home vs. Ready. Watterson won 56-43 on Jan. 7.

Of note: The Eagles were 14-2 overall and 5-1 in the CCL before last Wednesday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jan. 20 -- Lost to Westerville South 45-40 (OT). Michael Tighe scored 12 points.

*Last Friday -- Lost to DeSales 51-50 (OT). Zack Riddle scored 19 points and Matt Schweitzer had 10.

*Friday -- Home vs. St. Charles. Watterson won 62-51 on Dec. 12.

Saturday -- At Hilliard Darby. Watterson lost 54-41 last year.

*Tuesday -- At Worthington Christian. Watterson lost 56-43 on Dec. 19.

Of note: The Eagles are 5-7 overall and 1-4 in the CCL.

WRESTLING

Last Wednesday -- Competed against West

Saturday -- At Bellefontaine Benjamin Logan Invitational

Tuesday -- Home vs. Ready

*CCL game