Senior Liz Harty has qualified for the Division I state meet in her first three seasons with the Dublin Scioto High School girls swimming and diving team.
Second-year coach Matt Williams is not only hoping Harty earns another state berth, but that she competes there with teammates.
Last season, Harty was eighth in the 100-yard butterfly (56.57 seconds) and 16th in the 100 freestyle (53.66) at state as Scioto tied Sandusky for 35th (12 points) behind champion Upper Arlington (300) as 55 teams scored.
"I would love to take more kids to state," Williams said. "We have a small chance to send a boys and girls relay. For a lot of the swimmers that's a team goal to send a boys and girls relay to state."
Seven other swimmers return for the Irish in seniors Sydney Balla, Laura Cornette and Kim Wedinger, juniors Riley Whalen and Jamie Wi and sophomores Sabrina Whiting and Katie Williams.
Other swimmers are freshmen Megan Balla, Reagan Lutz and Rachel Orender.
In its opener, Scioto defeated Worthington Kilbourne 107-51 and lost to Thomas Worthington 118-52 in the Worthington/Dublin Invitational on Nov. 29. The Irish defeated Olentangy 92-80 and lost to Westerville Central 92-81 on Dec. 1.
In the Ned Reeb Invitational on Dec. 8 at Ohio State, Scioto was 20th (56) behind champion Upper Arlington (439) as 48 teams scored. Harty won the 200 free (1:51.67) and 100 fly (56.45).
Last season, Scioto finished eighth (92) in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet behind Olentangy Liberty (261), Westerville Central (245), Dublin Jerome (226), Olentangy (155), Westerville South (147), Marysville (114) and Westerville North (94).
Liberty and Marysville have moved to the OCC-Central, Olentangy now is in the OCC-Capital and Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby and Worthington Kilbourne have joined the OCC-Cardinal.
The Irish were sixth (197) in last year's 10-team sectional at the Union County YMCA behind champion Dublin Coffman (333) and 17th (44) in the district meet at Ohio State behind champion UA (522) as 27 teams scored.
Coffman returns three state qualifiers
Coffman returns three state qualifiers in senior Zoe Spornhauer, junior Katie Kaffenbarger and sophomore Kelsey High.
Coffman finished 24th (26) at state last year. High and Kaffenbarger were members of the 200 medley relay that finished 11th (1:48.69), and High was 15th in the 100 backstroke (58.68). The 400 free relay that included High, Kaffenbarger and Spornhauer was disqualified in the preliminary round.
Spornhauer and senior Sarah Davis are captains.
Other swimmers are seniors Morgan Aumiller and Taylor Williams, sophomores Bailee Koehler and Alexis Shindler and freshmen Anna Bobeoba, Sydney Carlson, Madeline Hull and Kathryn Sparrow.
"We've been averaging about 10 (state qualifiers)," coach Steven VonSchriltz said of his boys and girls teams. "I'm hoping to do that again. It's going to be a challenge this year."
Coffman opened by defeating Kilbourne 121-41 and losing to Thomas 105-65 in the Worthington/Dublin Invitational.
Coffman also defeated Bradley 118-24, Darby 106-58 and Hilliard Davidson 104-62 in the Hilliard/Dublin Invitational on Dec. 1 and beat Westerville South 118-52 on Dec. 7. The Shamrocks then were 18th (65) in the Ned Reeb Invitational.
Last season, Coffman was third (201) in the OCC-Central meet behind UA (467) and Thomas (245) and ahead of Davidson (150), Kilbourne (96), Darby (79) and Central Crossing (52). Westland does not have a swimming program.
Coffman was first at sectional and fourth (154) at district.
Jerome returns key swimmers
The Celtics return four state qualifiers in senior Cara Corroto, juniors Hannah Kayuha and Morgan Quesnel and sophomore Amelia Tomei.
Jerome did not score at state a year ago, as Quesnel finished 17th in the 100 free (55.31) and joined Kayuha, Corroto and Tomei in finishing 24th in the 200 free relay (1:41.85).
Other swimmers are juniors Ashlynn Burns, Kera Cashman, Kristen Graber and Alexis Holderman, sophomores Audrey Davis, Rachel Keating and Madison Redd and freshmen Simone Fishel, Kaylyn Froebel, Sarah Robinson and Sara Santisi.
The Celtics defeated Kilbourne 139-23 and lost to Thomas 94-76 in the Worthington/Dublin Invitational. They defeated Bradley 126-22, Darby 110-58 and Davidson 110-60 in the Hilliard/Dublin Invitational.
Jerome was 14th (111) in the Ned Reeb Invitational.
Last season, Jerome was third (303) in the Union County YMCA sectional and ninth (97) at district.