Seadogs win sixth SSCL title in a row
For the sixth consecutive season, the Upper Arlington Swim & Racquet Club won the Suburban Swim Club League championship.
The Seadogs totaled 2,733.5 points to easily outdistance the other four clubs in a weather-shortened meet July 9 and 10.
The Muirfield Muirfins finished second (2,002) and were followed by the Grandview Gators (1,845.5), Olentangy Tornadoes (1,795) and Hilliard Marlins (1,684). It was Grandview's first year in the league.
"We swam spectacularly and won both the juniors and seniors (divisions)," fourth-year Seadogs coach Barb Smith said. "The only unfortunate thing was not getting to watch all the younger kids swim, but we can't control the weather. I know all the coaches felt bad. You'd like to get to see the young kids on this stage and see how much they've improved and how much they've learned."
The juniors (10-and-under) can compete in three events, while the seniors (ages 11-18) can compete in four. The meet featured more than 500 competitors.
The Seadogs set seven program records in their eight-lane, 25-meter pool.
Four individuals set marks in the 15-18 class. Erin Sheehan won the 50-meter butterfly (30.39 seconds) and Jenny Smith won the 100 individual medley (1:08.04) on the girls side. Geoff Dickhaut won the 50 freestyle (26.05) and Ethan Fischer won the 50 breaststroke (33.74) for the boys.
"I thought our 15-to-18s all swam great and I also was very pleased with the swims in 13 and 14 and 11 and 12," coach Smith said. "It was an impressive performance by our seniors."
Swim & Racquet also broke three relay records, including a pair in medley relays.
The Seadogs won the 200 medley relay in the girls 13-14 age group, finishing in 2:12.24, and the 8-and-under girls won the 100 medley relay in 1:34.04.
The 13-14 lineup consisted of Kendra Sheehan, Grace Cullen, Anna Fischer and Anna Linzell. The 8-and-under lineup was Brennan Campbell, Sydney Barrett, Caroline Ubert and Paige Parker.
The 11-12 boys won the 200 free relay in a program-record 2:18.14. The lineup consisted of Ray Reed, Will Geletka, Jonathan Sugar and Alec Caswell.
Caswell won all of his events, also taking individual titles in the 50 fly (33.34), 50 free (30.73) and 100 IM (1:15.56).
Ubert also won all of her events, adding individual titles in the 25 free (17.3) and 25 fly (19.19).
Although Swim & Racquet won again, the balance in the league was shown by the number of event wins by the other clubs. Muirfield won eight events, one fewer than Grandview and Hilliard. Olentangy won six events.
"I think that's an indication of things to come," Hilliard coach Jeff Williams said. "It's a league with lots of strong competition, and although we were last like we were last season, the point total was much better and we had a ton of event winners. We put things together and had a stellar end of the year."
Coons, Ernst pace Hilliard
Hilliard was led by Ben Coons and Riley Ernst in the 13-14 age group.
Coons won the 50 free (30.68) and 50 breast (38.76) and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay (2:28.23). He was joined on the relay by Aaron Sartain, Ryan Gunter and Jack Gearhiser. Sartain also won the 50 back (35.66).
Ernest led the girls with wins in the 100 IM (1:14.26) and 50 back (34.22).
"Ben and Riley deserve the success because of their dedication and improvement," Williams said. "They make those around them work harder and improve. They are workhorses unlike anyone I've seen in their age group in quite a while."
The club's other wins were in the girls 11-12 group. Alex Worthington won the 50 back (34.22) and Sophie Lewis won the 50 breast (38.76). Worthington also was a member of the winning 200 medley relay (2:29.88), joining Brogan Gehring, Kaylee Preble and Eeshaa Mehta.
Relays strong for Muirfield
Muirfield was led by its 13-14 boys team, as Eddie Anders won the 100 IM (1:15.3) and 50 fly (32.7) and was a member of the winning 200 free relay (2:13.27) with Kellen Posacki, Scott Crawford and Nathan Zimovan.
The 15-18 girls won two relays, as Hannah Kayuha, Kelly Fox, Morgan Quesnel and Alexis Holderman finished the 200 medley in 2:18.95 and the 200 free in 2:02.78.
Other winners were Abby Manning in the 8-and-under girls 25 breast (29.03), Austin Carlin in the 9-10 boys 25 breast (22.63) and the 11-12 boys 200 medley relay of John McDonald, Reno James, Brenden Zimovan and Cole Iacono (2:41.33).
Grandview strong across age groups
Grandview's success was spread out, as the Gators' nine event wins came in seven groups.
Kaitlyn Sims was the lone double individual winner, as she was first in the 50 free (35.78) and 25 fly (17.28) in the 9-10 girls class.
Tucker Rinehart, competing in the 15-18 boys class, won the 50 free (29.55) and joined Peter Bonn, Glenn Cheney and Josh Smith on the winning 200 medley relay (2:17.73).
The other five wins were in relays.
Girls winners were the 8-and-under 100 free (1:24.13) of Greta Tew, Evie Cribbs, Sydney Swanson and Chai Dobbs-Euans, the 11-12 200 free (2:21.36) of Adelle Bechtel, Olivia White, Leah Stamm and Keelin O'Connor and the 13-14 200 free (2:10.45) of Calley Schmalz, Claire Bills, Courtney Swihart and Adrienne Bechtel.
For the boys, winning relays were the 8-and-under 100 free (1:27.05) of Matt Sanzo, Dylan Koprowski, Williams Halberg and Zach Buscemi and the 9-10 100 medley (1:23.17) of Leo Graham, Adam Bechtel, Ben Sterneker and Johnnie Herilhy.
Girls find success for Olentangy
Olentangy was led by its girls, specifically Caroline Cruise in the 11-12 age group. She won the 50 free (32.42), the 50 fly (34.76) and the 100 IM (1:18.86).
Ally Braun won the 50 free (29.94) in the 13-14 group and Regan Blythe won the 25 back (24.82) in the 8-and-under group.
The lone boys winner was the 9-10 200 free relay (2:37.06) of Parker Lawrence, Parker Budreau, Christian Lorence and Dean Stack.