After competing in the Northeast Classic on Jan. 11 at Branin Natatorium in Canton, members of the Dublin Jerome High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams are hoping to make a return trip next month.
The Celtics are preparing for the postseason, which will conclude with the Division I state meet Feb. 20-22 at Branin Natatorium.
"The Northeast Classic is great because we have an opportunity to swim in the same pool where they hold the state meet," coach Matt Williams said. "You're also exposed to a lot of elite competition, so you're going to have some good races. From that aspect, it was pretty important for the kids to be there."
The boys team tied Granville for 10th (80 points) behind champion Strongsville (216) as 39 teams scored.
Jack Scott won the 50-yard freestyle (21.48 seconds) and placed fourth in the 100 free (47.24). He also joined Shayan Araghi, Michael Robinson and Mitch Burns on the fifth-place 400 free relay (3:18.6).
The girls team finished 11th (77) behind champion Granville (186) as 38 teams scored.
Morgan Quesnel, Amelia Tomei, Kaylan Froebel and Hannah Kayuha were fifth in the 200 medley relay (1:51.45).
Finishing sixth were Kayuha in the 100 free (54.15) and Quesnel in the 100 butterfly (58.3).
Maggie Heller was seventh in diving (367.75 points).
"Both teams swam pretty fast," Williams said.
"We're just getting done with winter training and that was pretty intense, so for them to step up and swim fast even though they're still very tired from training was a pretty big step."
Jerome competes against Watterson on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Dublin Recreation Center and then participates in the OCC-Cardinal Division diving meet Jan. 24 at New Albany and the league swimming meet Jan. 25 at Thomas Worthington.
Coffman boys finish fourth in Classic
Led by Feodor Orlov, the Coffman boys team finished fourth (145) in the Northeast Classic.
Orlov won the 500 free (4:44.12) and was fourth in the 200 free (1:45.07). He also joined Daniel Flower, Ian Stamm and Grant Horton on the third-place 400 free relay (3:15.24).
Flower, Stamm, Horton and Louis Mayo were fourth in the 200 free relay (1:29.45).
Horton was sixth in the 50 free (22.1) and 100 free (47.88), and Stamm was seventh in the 200 free (1:52.04).
"Finishing fourth is really good because I only had seven boys," coach Steven VonSchriltz said. "I was very happy with that."
The girls team tied Cuyahoga Falls for 26th (19).
"I was a little disappointed in how they swam," VonSchriltz said of the girls.
"They're a little behind where I want them and they know that. We have a lot of work to do in the next two or three weeks."
The Shamrocks next compete in the OCC-Central diving meet Jan. 24 at New Albany and the league swimming meet Jan. 25 at Thomas.
Weaver leads Scioto boys in Classic
Ben Weaver led the Scioto boys team in the Northeast Classic, winning the 200 free (1:42.67) as the Irish placed 12th (64).
"I thought he had a pretty good shot going in," coach Brian Worhatch said of Weaver. "He actually got a personal-best, so I was very happy with that."
Weaver also was seventh in the 100 free (48.21) and joined Joel Schuster, Kiujoy Kokko and Jesse Jordan to place seventh in the 200 free relay (1:32.46).
Shawn Cordi was ninth in diving (375.95).
"I'm actually impressed because besides Ben I wasn't sure what else we had going into the season and they've stepped up a lot," Worhatch said.
The girls team did not score.
Senior Riley Whalen, junior Sabrina Whiting and sophomores Reagan Lutz and Rachel Orender remain the only swimmers on the team.
"The girls swam about the same times they did in season, which is good," Worhatch said. "We've been training hard over Christmas break, so I wasn't expecting lifetime bests.
"As long as they were staying right where they were that's a good sign for the end of the season."
The Irish compete in the OCC-Cardinal diving meet Jan. 24 at New Albany and the league swimming meet Jan. 25 at Thomas.