With the Summer Olympics set to begin Aug. 8, the Suburban Swim Club League used that theme during its championships July 14 at Muirfield's Glick Road pool.

With the Summer Olympics set to begin Aug. 8, the Suburban Swim Club League used that theme during its championships July 14 at Muirfield's Glick Road pool.

After finishing a surprising second last summer, Swim & Racquet Club of Upper Arlington returned to the top of the league by cruising to the title. The Seadogs scored 2,716 points, finishing ahead of the Hilliard Marlins (2,639), Muirfield (2,423) and defending champion Olentangy (2,144).

Before finishing second last year, Swim & Racquet had a decade-long reign at the championships.

"We've been very successful in the past," said Swim & Racquet coach Brad Robbins, who is in his first season. "Last year was a little disappointing as they took second, so we were really hoping to come back this year and rebound. We recruited a lot of new families and got some really young kids in who were really excited and the younger kids really carried us through. The older kids came in -- we didn't have a lot of numbers -- but our kids swam great, so we were really proud with how they did."

The Olympic focus was prevalent throughout the event as competitors wore symbolic T-shirts and marched during the festive parade to the Olympic theme song.

"This is fabulous because we always like to have a theme for our championships and there was no doubt about it, we were going with the Olympic theme," said Denise Bugara-Dlugo, the first-year president of the Muirfield swim club. "We started our season with the whole Olympic theme and we carried it into the championships."

Fittingly, Swim & Racquet athletes wore shirts that simply read, "Got Gold?"

"We were thinking about the Olympics and trying to get our kids fired up and excited about winning and thinking about gold medals, so we came up with the 'Got Gold' theme and on the back we have our Seadog with all the gold medals around his neck," Robbins said. "Hopefully our kids would be able to do the same and they came out and did that."

The Hilliard Marlins wore shirts that read, "Olympic bound," and the host Muirfins' shirts read, "Future Olympian."

"This is fun," said Russ Jurg, who is in his second season as Muirfield's coach. "It's self-rewarding seeing kids get faster from motivating them. For us to host it on the year of the Olympics, it's cool to get the kids into the early stages of the Olympic flavor. There's definitely some young talent. It's just a matter of how serious they want to take the sport and how much they want to commit themselves to the sport."

The host club maintained the tradition of running a well-planned and smooth event.

"Things went better than expected," Bugara-Dlugo said. "This is a very fun league. We're competitive to an extent, but our goal is to have the kids have fun. That's what our goal is for this."

Swim & Racquet opened the day by winning the junior division (ages 10 and younger) with 1,477 points, finishing ahead of Muirfield (1,072), Hilliard (863) and Olentangy (835).

The Marlins cut into that deficit by winning the senior division (ages 11 and older) with 1,655 points.

"It's all about competition," said the Marlins' Jeff Williams, a senior at Hilliard Darby High School.

"You compete with Darby and Davidson, but we're all friends. We enjoy it. It's just getting the yards in and getting better."

Swim & Racquet took first in the diving with 313 points.