Watterson High School swimming and diving coach Quintin Ward is confident his girls team has the talent and depth needed to win its fourth consecutive league title.

Watterson High School swimming and diving coach Quintin Ward is confident his girls team has the talent and depth needed to win its fourth consecutive league title.

The Eagles were represented in the top 20 of the state rankings in seven events last week, while no other CCL team had anyone in the top 20 in more than one event.

Yet, Ward said his squad won't be able to coast through the CCL Championship meet, considering it will be facing strong competition from Hartley once again.

The meet's diving competition is today at Columbus School for Girls and the swimming is Saturday at St. Charles.

"Our girls are having a fantastic season, but I don't want them to enter this meet with a sense of entitlement, because what we've accomplished up this point is behind us now," Ward said. "We'll need to perform well and swim smart races across the board to win."

Last year, the Eagles scored 354.5 points to win the CCL Championship meet ahead of Hartley (306), CSG (187.5), DeSales (185) and Worthington Christian (22) for their third consecutive league title.

One of Watterson's top athletes, Emily Boone, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a back injury, but the Eagles appear to be just as strong and deep as last season when they finished second in the Division I state meet.

Last week, in the Central/East/Southeast Division I rankings, Gracie Finnegan had the fastest times in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minutes, 53.53 seconds) and the 100 free (51.53), the second-best time in the 50 free (24.27), the fourth-best time in the backstroke (59.16) and the sixth-best time in the 200 IM (2:13.46).

Michelle Rielly was ranked fourth in the 50 free (24.69) and seventh in the 100 free (54.55). Camey Rabold was ranked third in the 200 free (1:54.55) and second in the 500 free (5:06.97). Sam Schuttinger was ranked third in the 500 free (5:08.59), fourth in the 100 free (54.03) and fifth in the 200 free (1:54.63).

Liz Boeckman was ranked fifth in diving (193.1 points). Alyson Francis was ranked 10th in the 100 back (1:01.59). Watterson's 200 medley relay was ranked sixth (1:54.33), and its 200 free relay (1:38.74) and its 400 free relay (3:34.35) were ranked first.

In the Division II rankings, Hartley's 200 medley relay (1:55.93) and 400 free relay (3:48.87) were first, and its 200 free relay (1:44.78) was second. Tiffany Aeling was first in the 500 free (5:21.01), and second in both the 200 free (2:01.23) and 200 IM (2:17.52). Andrea Cottrell was first in the 200 IM (2:14.3), second in the 100 breast (1:06.98), third in the 50 free (25.56) and fifth in the 100 free (56.32). Jessica Carpenter was third in both the 500 free (5:34.89) and 100 fly (59.89), fourth in both the 100 free (55.54) and 200 free (2:02.42), and fifth in the 100 back (1:03.3). Hope Kahrig was sixth in the 500 free (5:48.15) and Brianna Archambeau was 10th in the 100 fly (1:05.2).

On Dec. 5, Watterson scored 451 points to win the five-team Catholic Showdown ahead of runner-up Hartley (304).

"Hartley has some good individuals and some good relays, but we're stacked in every relay and we've got at least one good person in every event," senior captain Lindsey Eddingfield said.

The Eagles, who compete Friday against CSG at St. Charles, lost to Centerville 149-137 last Friday. Finishing first was Rabold in the 200 free (1:57.92), Finnegan in the 50 free (23.98) and 500 free (5:19.91), Rabold, Francis, Schuttinger and Finnegan in the 200 free relay (1:39.49), and Rabold, Rielly, Schuttinger and Finnegan in the 400 free relay (3:37.02).

"We're right where we want to be at during this point in the season," Finnegan said. "We know Hartley's got a lot of good girls, so we're going to try to win the relays and put high placers in every event. If we win CCL again, it will get us even more fired up to do well in the (postseason) meets."

•The boys team is shooting for a second-place finish in the CCL Championship meet behind defending champion St. Charles.

The Eagles finished third (184) last year behind St. Charles (407) and DeSales (275), and ahead of Hartley (112) and Worthington Christian (20).

"St. Charles is still far ahead of the rest of us in the CCL, but if we have a very strong meet, I think we can move back up into second place," said Ward, whose boys squad competes Friday at St. Charles. "We're going to need to have great relays, because I'm expecting it to be close between DeSales, Hartley and us for second."

On Dec. 5, the Eagles finished last (30) in the seven-team Catholic Showdown behind second-place St. Charles (325), fourth-place Hartley (74) and fifth-place DeSales (57).

Pat Donohoe is Watterson's most effective and versatile performer. Last week, in the Central/East/Southeast Division II rankings, Donohoe was third in the 500 free (5:06.84), fourth in both the 100 breast (1:05.53) and 100 fly (55.61), fifth in the 200 IM (2:07.1) and eighth in the 200 free (1:57.28).

The Eagles' 200 medley relay was eighth (1:51.3) behind Hartley (fifth, 1:49.62) and DeSales (sixth, 1:49.69). Watterson's 200 free relay was eighth (1:38.82) behind Hartley (first, 1:33.81) and DeSales (fourth, 1:36.12). The Eagles' 400 free relay was ninth (3:46.34) behind DeSales (third, 3:32.67) and Hartley (3:35.41).

"We have only 12 guys, so everyone needs to swim well and get to the finals," Donohoe said. "We don't have the numbers that some of the other teams have, but we have the skill to compete with them."