It was a clean sweep for the Dublin Jerome High School swimming and diving program in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet, as both the boys and girls teams won league championships.
"This is great," coach Tyler Prose said of winning the titles. "This is something that no one can ever take away from them. It will be hung up in the school. Their team will be listed on the school banner forever. I think they're pretty pumped up."
The boys team scored 226 points in the league meet that concluded Jan. 26 at Thomas Worthington to finish ahead of Hilliard Darby (195.5), Westerville South (187), Westerville Central (166), Worthington Kilbourne (153), Westerville North (144), Scioto (143) and Hilliard Bradley (26.5).
Senior Tanner Barton and sophomore Jack Scott led the Celtics. Barton won the 100-yard butterfly (58.6 seconds) and Scott won the 200 individual medley (2:01.68) and the duo teamed with senior Connor Cashman and junior Michael Robinson to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:29.68) and with Cashman and freshman Shayan Araghi to finish first in the 400 free relay (3:19.49).
"I knew that both (relay) teams had a shot at winning, but we all had to deliver on our races," Barton said. "We worked hard throughout this whole winter. We had a solid winter training. Now we just had to come to the meet and let our training take over and just race, so that's what we did and we were very fortunate to come out on top."
The girls team scored 341.5 points in the OCC-Cardinal meet to finish ahead of Westerville Central (209), Westerville North (199.5), Scioto (150), Kilbourne (141), Darby (135), Westerville South (126) and Bradley (0).
Sophomore Amelia Tomei won the 200 IM (2:18.78) and teamed with senior Cara Corroto and juniors Hannah Kayuha and Morgan Quesnel to win the 200 free relay (1:41.39).
Also finishing first was the 400 free relay (3:44.87) of Kayuha, Corroto, Quesnel and junior Alexis Holderman.
Prose is hoping the momentum his teams gained in the league meet carries over to the Dublin Classic on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Dublin Recreation Center and the Division I sectional meet Feb. 9 at Union County YMCA in Marysville.
The winner of each event at sectional qualifies for the district meet Feb. 16 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.
The state meet is Feb. 21-23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
"We had some really good swims and it wasn't only our best kids," Prose said. "A lot of our younger kids and our not-so-developed kids really stepped up and scored those lower points for us and really helped us. That's a great sign. Our relays are set up well for advancing (to district)."
Coffman boys, girls place fourth in OCC
Both of Coffman's teams finished fourth in the OCC-Central meet that concluded Jan. 26 at Thomas.
"We swam pretty well," coach Steven VonSchriltz said. "I use this meet to see where we're at, make sure we're on the right path."
The boys team scored 200 points to finish behind Upper Arlington (428), Olentangy Liberty (229) and Thomas (214) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (96), Marysville (72) and Central Crossing (51).
Westland does not have a swimming and diving program.
Neither the boys team nor the girls team won any events for the Shamrocks. Finishing second for the boys were juniors Feodor Orlov in the 200 free (1:49.51), Grant Horton in the 100 free (49.94) and the 400 free relay of Orlov, Horton and juniors Daniel Flower and Ian Stamm (3:20.95).
The girls team scored 182 points to finish behind UA (452), Thomas (240) and Liberty (185) and ahead of Davidson (115), Central Crossing (52) and Marysville (48).
Placing second were sophomore Kelsey High in the 100 fly (1:00.92) and 100 backstroke (59.75), junior Katie Kaffenbarger in the 50 free (25.64), the 200 free relay of High, Kaffenbarger, senior Zoe Spornhauer and sophomore Alexis Shindler (1:42.35) and freshman Rachel Slater in diving (358.5 points).
The diving competition was held Jan 25 at UA.
"We swam better this year than we did last year, so we're a little ahead of where we need to be," VonSchriltz said. "We're continually getting faster as the season progresses. Some of our relays are starting to come together. The kids are stepping up."
Coffman will compete in the Dublin Classic before preparing for the sectional at Union County YMCA.
Harty, Weaver lead Scioto in OCC meet
Senior Liz Harty and sophomore Ben Weaver both won two events for Scioto in the OCC-Cardinal meet.
Harty, who has signed with the University of Michigan, won the 200 free (1:55.73) and 100 fly (58.42) for the girls team, and Weaver finished first in the 200 free (1:46.75) and 500 free (4:49.3) for the boys team.
"We expected this from Liz, but I was a little nervous about Ben because he had some good, tough competition," coach Matt Williams said. "Ben's only a sophomore. He put in a good offseason and he's set himself up pretty good for making it to state."
Also finishing first for the boys team was junior Shawn Cordi in diving (446.95).
Scioto will compete in the Dublin Classic before preparing for the sectional at Union County YMCA.
"This is really their first meet where you have the intense crowd, everyone really getting into it," Williams said of the OCC-Cardinal meet. "This is kind of going to be like a sectional atmosphere. The Dublin Classic will be a little different. That's more fun and the seniors will be swimming off events."