The Watterson High School girls swimming and diving team felt some pressure to keep its streak of CCL championships alive before competing in the league meet on Jan. 28 at St. Charles.

The Watterson High School girls swimming and diving team felt some pressure to keep its streak of CCL championships alive before competing in the league meet on Jan. 28 at St. Charles.

After the Eagles scored 403 points to win their sixth consecutive CCL title, senior Aly Francis said they felt both excitement and relief.

Hartley scored 290 points to finish second, followed by Columbus School for Girls (284), DeSales (151) and Ready (52).

"After winning this meet so many years in a row, we didn't want to be the first senior class to not win it in a long time, so we kept our focus and worked really hard," said Francis, a Marshall University recruit. "As a senior, it's cool to know that we won the CCL all four years that we were here. The whole team contributed to this championship."

Seniors Camey Rabold, an Ohio State recruit, and Michele Rielly, an Alabama recruit, each finished first in four events.

Rielly won the 100-yard backstroke in 59.15 seconds ahead of CSG's Rachel Politi (1:01.89) and won the 50 freestyle in 25.15 ahead of Francis (25.27). She also teamed with Francis, Samantha Schuttinger and Taylor Brown to win the 200 free relay in 1:41.57 ahead of CSG (1:44.2).

Rabold won the 500 free in 5:15.57 ahead of Hartley's Lauren Bailey (6:02.56) and won the 200 free in 1:56.71 ahead of CSG's Ranndi Grubbs (1:58.31). She also teamed with Schuttinger, Brown and Madeline Grubbe to win the 400 free relay in 3:48.58.

Rielly and Rabold teamed with Grubbe and Francis to win the 200 medley relay in 1:52.77 ahead of CSG (1:56.26).

"This was a huge accomplishment for our team," Rabold said. "Some people doubted us because we've lost so many good seniors over the years, but our class stepped up and won when it was our turn."

Schuttinger, who missed most of the regular season while recovering from a knee injury, also placed third in both the 200 free (2:01.56) and 100 free (56.6).

"It was great to have Sam back in the pool after she's been out for so long," Rielly said. "It was so exciting to win so many events, both individually and as part of relays."

Freshman Alicia Margello placed second in the 200 individual medley (2:32.66) and finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.51).

"I tried to keep the girls level-headed because nothing's a given," coach Quintin Ward said. "We've given meets away through disqualifications before, so I wanted them to be focused because we consider this the beginning of championship season and we wanted to keep our CCL streak going. One of our big goals was to sweep the relays because you get double the points for winning a relay."

The Eagles will compete in the Division I sectional meet on Feb. 11 at Upper Arlington.

The winner of each sectional swimming event qualifies for the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths will be awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until the district meet.

Last year, Watterson finished second in the 14-team Division I sectional at UA behind UA (416).

"We're not too worried about trying to win our sectional as a team," Rielly said. "We're mostly focused on getting people through to district. We're so excited to start our taper and to drop our times."

•The boys swimming and diving team scored 132 points in the CCL meet to finish third behind St. Charles (447) and Hartley (238) and ahead of DeSales (120) and Ready (7).

Freshman Isaihah Mefford placed third in the 100 butterfly (58.82) and fourth in the 100 free (53.95).

Mefford teamed with Noah Oliver, Jack Preston and Michael Schwartz to finish third in the 200 medley relay (1:59.23) and teamed with Tim Rettig, Oliver and Schwartz to finish third in the 200 free relay in 1:44.72.

"I'm happy with Isaihah's swims in the fly and 100 free," Ward said. "We have only five guys on our team and a couple of them just swim for our high school team, so to finish third in the CCL is pretty good for the boys."

The Eagles will compete in the Division II sectional Feb. 11 at UA.

The UA sectional will advance swimmers to the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State as at-large qualifiers based on time. There will be 27 at-large qualifiers based on time from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites.

Last year, the Eagles finished fourth (160) in the six-team Division II sectional at UA behind champion Grandview (284).

"Our top-level kids are swimming for placement because they want to be in the top heat for the district meet," Ward said. "The rest of our kids are going to need to do their best because there's going to be lots of good competition for district spots coming from the rest of the sectionals."

The swimming teams also will compete Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Upper Arlington Invitational.