With the regular season winding down, Nichole Gill and her teammates on the Dublin Coffman High School girls swimming and diving team are setting their sights on another successful postseason.

With the regular season winding down, Nichole Gill and her teammates on the Dublin Coffman High School girls swimming and diving team are setting their sights on another successful postseason.

The junior has represented the program the last two seasons at the Division I state meet, and she is hoping for a return trip this season. The state meet will be held Feb. 23-26 at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

However, before the start of the postseason, the Shamrocks will compete in the OCC-Central Division championships. The diving competition will be held Friday, Jan. 28, at New Albany and the swimming competition will be Saturday, Jan. 29, at Thomas Worthington.

Coach Steven VonSchrilitz expects perennial powerhouse Upper Arlington to dominate in both the boys and girls meets, but he hopes his teams can contend for second.

"We'll be battling with (Thomas) Worthington probably," VonSchrilitz said.

"I think we'll do really well at the meet," said Gill, who placed third at state last season in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 5.28 seconds). "Steve will probably have a big talk with us before and get us pumped up."

The three Dublin schools will compete in the Dublin Classic on Feb. 5 at the Dublin Recreation Center, as all three programs will recognize their seniors.

For Coffman, the postseason starts with the sectional meet Feb. 12 at UA, followed by the district meet Feb. 19 at Thomas and the state meet.

Although the Shamrocks have yet to set any program records this season, VonSchrilitz expects to set new marks in the postseason.

The girls team may have to compete in the OCC-Central meet without a key swimmer in Cara Demyan, who has a knee injury. VonSchrilitz said the freshman's status for the league meet was questionable.

Jerome is spending this week preparing for the OCC-Cardinal meet.

The diving competition will be held Friday, Jan. 28, at New Albany and the swimming competition will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Union County YMCA in Marysville.

Coach Tyler Prose expects his teams to vie for a high finish.

"I don't know if we're going to win it, but I know we'll place high," Prose said. "We'll be fine. We're going after individual swims. We still have a lot of young kids on our team.

"We're right where I expected (the boys and girls teams) to be. I was hoping for a lot of growth this year in the water and as a team this year, and I think we've fulfilled those."

A pair of underclassmen has spearheaded the Celtics.

Sophomore Tanner Barton set the program record in the 500 freestyle (5:10.01) on Dec. 3 against Westerville North at the Westerville Recreation Center, and freshman Morgan Quesnel broke her own program record in the 100 butterfly (59.31) in the Ned Reeb Invitational on Dec. 11 at Ohio State.

"I knew we had a fast girl coming in. I didn't know we had that fast of a girl coming in," Prose said of Quesnel.

"To break a school record as a freshman in the first meet is pretty sweet."

Scioto will join Jerome at the OCC-Cardinal meet.

Though the Irish may lack depth, coach Joe Cahill expects several solid performances.

"I think we'll be able to see where we're going for the sectional meet," Cahill said of the league meet. "It will be kind of a litmus test for where we're going. We'll have some personal bests, but we're not looking to take down one of the other teams."

Leading the way for the boys should be senior Sean Earley. Cahill also pointed to the contributions of freshmen Hayato Ida and Max O'Connell as keys to the boys team's progress.

The girls team is led by sophomore Elizabeth Harty.

"It's been an exciting year," Cahill said. "There's a lot of attention. It's such a young team. Most of them are freshmen and sophomores."

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Coffman, Jerome and Scioto swimming and diving teams:

COFFMAN

Jan. 21 - Boys: Defeated Hilliard Bradley 107-12, def. Hilliard Darby 107-41; Girls: Def. Bradley 115-26, def. Darby 115-34

Jan. 22 - Boys: Def. Delaware 125-52; Girls: Lost to Delaware 89-88

Jan. 28 - OCC-Central diving championships at New Albany

Jan. 29 - OCC-Central championships at Thomas Worthington

JEROME

Jan. 16 - Boys: Def. Pickerington Central 133-29: Girls: Def. Central 104-66

Jan. 28 - OCC-Cardinal diving championships at New Albany

Jan. 29 - OCC-Cardinal championships at Union County YMCA

SCIOTO

Jan. 22 - Boys: Def. Whetstone 105-65 and Bexley 105-63; Girls: Lost to Whetstone 78-72 and Bexley 80-70

Jan. 28 - OCC-Cardinal diving championships at New Albany

Jan. 29 - OCC-Cardinal meet