Jon Satre of the Hilliard Bradley High School boys swimming and diving team doesn't mind training with the top swimmers from Darby and Davidson.
After all, the junior has only two Bradley teammates.
"I'm very happy to have the opportunity to work with some of those guys," Satre said. "It's great that all three schools work out together. The guys from Darby -- Blake Dickmann, Hunter Cook, Cory McLaughlin, Ross McDonald and Tyler Long -- are having great seasons and they push me hard in practice. Alex Waldron from Davidson also pushes me.
"Being able to train with kids that have the same skill set and push you in practice, those are the things that make you better."
Satre qualified for the Division I district meet last season in both the 200-yard freestyle and 500 free, placing 11th (1 minute, 48.37 seconds) in the former and ninth (4:55.2) in the latter.
In last week's Central District honor roll, he was ranked fourth in the 100 backstroke (54.61) and seventh in the 200 free (1:48.49).
"I made a lot of strides in the 100 back during club season and being in the top five in the district is a great accomplishment," Satre said. "It would be awesome to get in the top three and stay there in the district so I can get a shot to swim at state. That's my goal this season. I want to get there. Next year, I want to get on the podium.
"I worked a lot on my backstroke technique and combined it with resistance training and sprint training. I'm about three seconds faster than I was last year."
Also in the honor roll in an individual event, Cook was second in both the 200 free (1:45.08) and 500 free (4:45.87), Dickmann was fifth (55.07) in the 100 back and Waldron was eighth (55.74) in the 100 back.
"Jon has had a very good season and continues to improve," said Brian Dickmann, who coaches the boys and girls teams for all three Hilliard schools. "We've got a good corps of swimmers who can push one another and get the most out of one another."
Cook, Dickmann, McLaughlin and McDonald were ranked fourth (1:42.24) in the 200 medley relay and ninth in the 200 free relay (1:34.12) in the honor roll.
"The Darby boys have only lost two meets and both were very close," coach Dickmann said. "They are five points and less than two seconds away from being perfect at this time. They set four pool records and a meet record in the Delaware Invitational."
Setting pool records in the Delaware Invitational on Jan. 5 at Ohio Wesleyan were Cook in the 200 free (1:48.19) and 500 free (4:55.1), the 200 medley relay (1:42.66) and the 400 free relay (3:23.05). The 400 free relay also broke a meet record that had stood since 1999.
Darby finished third (389 points) in the eight-team meet, behind North Robinson Colonel Crawford (449) and Westerville South (411) and ahead of Delaware (329), Davidson (168), Watterson (155), Worthington Christian (123) and Bradley (37).
Satre won the 100 back (56.75) and Davidson's Kalen Sipl won 1-meter diving with 151.4 points.
Three girls leading way for Davidson
Coach Dickmann likes the leadership displayed by seniors Megan Wittman and Jenny Waldron and junior Megan Schmalenberger of the Davidson girls team.
"The Davidson girls don't have a lot of depth, but they're really competing very strong," he said. "I've been impressed with what they've done. Of course, we knew Wittman, Waldron and Schmalenberger would have good seasons. They have a ton of freshmen around them. The good news is that the upperclassmen we have in all three programs are hard workers. With the amount of young swimmers we have, they're going to take their cues from these upperclassmen."
Despite not winning any events, the Wildcats finished third (389) in the 10-team Delaware Invitational behind Watterson (502) and Delaware (430). Darby was fourth (273) and Bradley did not score.
Darby has been led by freshmen Mackenzie Caruthers and Olivia Wile, coach Dickmann said. Caruthers was 10th in the 500 free (5:22.12) in the district honor roll last week.
"None of our girls teams are having a great deal of team success, but the Darby girls are heavy in freshmen and sophomores and they're learning the ropes and getting better," coach Dickmann said. "Caruthers and Wile have been among the standouts."