A strong senior class will be expected to lead the Grandview Heights High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams.
The girls team has five seniors in Tenley Aufdencamp, Hallie Bair, Brooke Berning, Maddie Bills and Ellie MacLeod. The boys team also has five seniors in Peter Bonn, Zak Graham, Willy Kramer, Tucker Rinehart and Josh Smith.
Kramer, Smith, Bonn and Rinehart competed in 400-yard freestyle relay in the Division II state meet last season and finished 23rd in a program-record 3 minutes, 25.83 seconds.
"Our (boys) seniors have been the driving force for this team for several years," said coach Patti Hoch, who is in her 12th season. "This is their year to shine and give this season everything they have.
"The senior girls really improved during their junior year and finished strong at the district meet. I am counting on them to lead this young girls team to its potential."
Last year at district, the 200 free relay of MacLeod, Bills, 2013 graduate Julie Menke and Bair was fourth (1:47.4) and the 400 free relay of sophomore Mary MacLeod, Ellie MacLeod, Bills and Bair was eighth (4:02.17).
Also on the 22-athlete girls roster are juniors Cara Cincione and Allie Kramer, sophomores Elizabeth Bergmann, Taylor Oberschlake, Emma Pommering and Courtney Wilson and freshmen Nina Arnold, Adreinne Bechtel, Claire Bills, Camille Day, Lily Feast, Claire Fishpaw, Calley Schmalz, Courtney Swihart, Lauren Tucker and Gretchen Varner.
"We have a very large, experienced girls team this year with our really strong senior class, but we also have a very talented batch of new swimmers," said Hoch, whose girls team opened Dec. 2 with a 114-54 win over Wellington. "We are really starting to see how our middle school program is paying dividends in the girls team this year. We have girls that a few years ago would have taken freshman year to get up to speed, but they were able to hit the ground running this year."
The 11-member boys roster is rounded out by juniors Jackson Bussey, Christian Meyer and Justin Warnement, sophomores Ross Carter and Glenn Cheney and freshman Matthew Smith.
"We don't have a lot of depth on the boys team, so we need to stay healthy and be in great shape," said Hoch, whose boys team opened with a 104-31 victory over Wellington. "We need to be hitting 5,000 yards a night by the Christmas break."
The Bobcats were to compete in the Waynesville Swimvitational on Dec. 7, but the event was postponed because of bad weather.
Boys basketball team deals with long layoff
The boys basketball team won its opener Dec. 3 but then had two games postponed and won't play again until Friday, Dec. 13, at London in its MSL-Ohio Division opener.
The original league opener, scheduled for Dec. 7 against Madison Plains, was rescheduled for Jan. 4.
Also, a Dec. 10 game at North Lewisburg Triad was moved to Feb. 1 because the Triad football team reached a Division VII regional final.
"They said you improve the most from the first game to the second. ... Well, we have a long time between that to improve," coach Ray Corbett said.
The Bobcats opened with a 71-38 win over Grove City Christian. Nick Schopis had 17 points, Hunter Schmalz scored 12, Luke Miller scored 10 and Nick Eaton and Marky Moore both added seven.
"I thought we played well after the first four minutes when we struggled to get into a flow," Corbett said. "We were down 9-2 and then went into a nice, prolonged run."
Girls basketball team wins first three games
The girls basketball team was 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the MSL-Ohio before playing West Jefferson on Dec. 10.
The Bobcats defeated London 44-38 on Dec. 7 in their league opener, outscoring the Red Raiders 18-11 in the fourth quarter.
Megan McCauley went 4-for-4 at the foul line down the stretch to seal the win. Morgan Taylor led with 13 points, McCauley had 10 and Dareth Douglass and Madison Osborne added seven apiece.
Grandview had its game Dec. 4 at Madison Plains postponed until Thursday, Dec. 12.
Bowling teams earn early wins
The boys and girls bowling teams each picked up a victory in their first week of competition.
The girls team was 1-0 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-South Division before playing Briggs on Dec. 11.
The Bobcats defeated Groveport 1,353-1,326 on Dec. 3 when Katie Lewis had two strikes in the 10th frame. Hannah Jones had the high game (126) and series (239) for Grandview.
The boys team was 1-1 overall and in the league before facing Briggs.
Grandview defeated Pickerington North 1,819-1,687 on Dec. 4, as Jacob Bottorf had the high series (325) and Austin Lewis had the high game (190).
The boys lost to Groveport 2,033-1,732. Tristen Rose led with a high game of 213 and a high series of 369.
Wrestlers open at Madison Plains
The wrestling team had two champions in the season-opening Madison Plains Invitational on Dec. 7.
Brendan Fitzgerald won at 120 pounds, going 5-0 with five pins. A.J. Pinyerd won at heavyweight, going 4-0 with three pins.
Sam Callison (3-1, 2 pins) was third at 182, Ben Jump (2-2, 1 pin) took fifth at 138, Preston Robson (1-2) placed fifth at 195 and Benton Bair (1-3) was sixth at 145.