Watkins Memorial High School swimmer Hannah Rush is looking like a strong postseason contender in at least two individual events, neither of which the junior lists as her favorites.

Watkins Memorial High School swimmer Hannah Rush is looking like a strong postseason contender in at least two individual events, neither of which the junior lists as her favorites.

Those hopes are buoyed by the fact she won the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle in a metered pool during the Coshocton Invitational on Jan. 15. Her effort in the 200 IM (6 minutes, 24.18 seconds) converts to a personal-best 5:45 in yardage time. She clocked 2:46.25 in winning the 500 free.

"The IM, I can't really call it my favorite event; I do enjoy it," said Rush, who was a Division I district qualifier in the IM a year ago while also qualifying with two relays. "I like the fact that I can do it and a lot of girls can't.

"And I'm swimming the 500 for the first time since my freshman year. To be honest, I really like the 200 free. I've noticed my time drops are pretty significant in the IM and 500, though. So even if those aren't my favorite events I know I can do well in those at the bigger meets."

Rush said she might have a more definitive idea as to which individual events she will enter in the postseason after the OCC-Capital Division meet Saturday, Jan. 29, at New Albany. The Warriors will be at a disadvantage, however.

"We've been to Coshocton three times now and seen a lot of the teams from that area. At the same time, we haven't seen a lot of the swimmers we'll see at OCCs," coach Heather Faulkner said. "We definitely know more about the teams we'll see at (the Southeast Ohio Swim League championships on Saturday, Feb. 5).

"The good thing for Hannah and the others is that the level of swimming we'll see at OCCs will really push and challenge them. Those schools are at a level we're not at yet."

The Warriors will compete in the sectional meet Saturday, Feb. 12, at Thomas Worthington.

"We're focusing more on distance than sprints with Hannah right now trying to get her time in the 500 down even more," Faulkner said. "We're re-enforcing stroke technique with everyone, too. We're trying to get them into the right events, get our relays squared away. (This) week we'll begin tapering down (practice yardage)."

Rush said she picked up the pace in her training during the second half of December. The Warriors had eight meets that month.

"I put in a couple of brutal weeks, definitely. Now I'm stressing quality over quantity," she said. "It's coming along."