As the team scores occasionally flashed during the Country Club Swimming League meet July 14 at Ohio State, it appeared Scioto would run away with its second consecutive title.

As the team scores occasionally flashed during the Country Club Swimming League meet July 14 at Ohio State, it appeared Scioto would run away with its second consecutive title.

The club led by more than 100 points for most of the evening, and the lead seemed too big to close. But when the scores displayed right before the freestyle relays, the final event, host Wedgewood had closed the gap and overtaken Scioto by three points.

"I was ready to tell our kids it's hard to win a title, but even harder to repeat," Scioto coach Tim Bridgham said. "I thought it was just out of grasp."

The Scioto swimmers in those final relays did not want to leave without the title, and they earned enough points (2,573) to beat out Wedgewood (2,570) narrowly.

"That is just a testament to how badly our kids wanted it," Bridgham said.

The past six league titles have come between Wedgewood and Scioto, and two years ago Wedgewood beat out Scioto by three points. Scioto was able to return the favor this year.

"It's tough for any team to lose like that," Bridgham said.

Entering the finals, Scioto had built a large lead because of the success of its 6-and-younger swimmers. That group swims only in the preliminary events and does not compete again in finals.

Scioto's Grace McCarty had a big part in the success of the 6-and-younger swimmers.

She set two meet records and won the 25-meter free (19.84 seconds) and 25 backstroke (24.06).

"We had a nice cushion coming into the finals," Bridgham said.

As the results were announced at the end of the meet, the Wedgewood swimmers did not seem bothered by barely losing. They stood in a group singing and chanting to celebrate their second-place finish.

"They don't care if they get first or second," Wedgewood head coach Mo Ebel said. "I'm the most proud coach out here."

Twelve teams competed in the meet, including a new one from Kinsale, which was given the sportsmanship award.

Falling behind Scioto and Wedgewood were The Lakes (2,312), New Albany (1,734), Worthington Hills (1,488), Tartan Fields (1,359), Brookside (1,268), Muirfield (990.5), Kinsale (855.5), Medallion (844), Jefferson (766.5) and Columbus (138.5).

Scioto had strong performances from swimmers in every age group, and won 16 events overall.

In the 15-18 age group, a pair of state-champion high school swimmers led Scioto. Eric Huffman set a meet record by winning the 50 free (23.41) and Kerry Sullivan set a meet record in the 50 back (30.86).

At the junior level, the Dilz siblings racked up points for Scioto by winning several events. Tommy Dilz won the 8-and-younger 25 back (21.24) and swam on the winning 100 medley relay (1:22.92) with Will Dierker, Tom Weimer and Gavin Voss.

The boy and girls 8-and-younger free relays also earned first place. The boys relay (1:16.31) was made up of Tom Weimer, Jay Chester, Will Grabovac and Gavin Voss, and the girls relay (1:21.54) was Amanda Ventresca, Alexia Callanan, Grace McCarty and Blakely Jones.

Sarah Dilz won the 9-10 25 breaststroke (19.82) and set a meet record in the 50 free (31.81). Also in the girls 9-10 age group, Caroline Sugar won the 25 back (19.52).

Rachel Eastwood won the 11-12 50 breast (38.35), and Kate Eastwood won the girls 13-14 50 breast (37.12).

Gabby Veri finished first in the 50 free (28.18) and 50 butterfly (31.01) for the girls 13-14 age group.

The girls 13-14 medley relay of Catherine Plasket, Kate Eastwood, Gabby Veri and Emily Engert also finished first (2:16.58).

At a glance

Below are the team scores from the Country Club Swimming League meet, which concluded July 14 at Ohio State:

Scioto (2,573), Wedgewood (2,570), The Lakes (2,312), New Albany (1,734), Worthington Hills (1,488), Tartan Fields (1,359), Brookside (1,268), Muirfield (990.5), Kinsale (855.5), Medallion (844), Jefferson (766.5), Columbus (138.5)