Grant Barnhorst fondly recalls his career with the Marysville Stingrays. He swam for the club for 12 years, and won his first race at age 6 in the 25-yard breaststroke.

Grant Barnhorst fondly recalls his career with the Marysville Stingrays. He swam for the club for 12 years, and won his first race at age 6 in the 25-yard breaststroke.

That club career came to an end July 23 when Barnhorst competed in the 35th annual North-East-West Swim League championship meet at the Dublin Community Pool North.

"Back then I didn't think I would last this long in the sport, but I didn't think I was going to swim in college, either," said Barnhorst, who will compete for Division III Wilmington College. "I have a lot of memories."

Barnhorst, who also is a coach for the Union County YMCA swim team, teamed with Gavin Mickelson, Quinn Mickelson and Jeremy Taylor to win the 200-meter medley relay (2 minutes, 1.66 seconds) in the NEW meet.

Other winners for the Marysville boys were Jason Cook in the 13-14 100 individual medley (1:17.07), 50 freestyle (30.3) and 50 backstroke (34.46), Ryan Groehl in the 13-14 50 butterfly (32.23), the 13-14 200 medley relay (2:21.65) and the 13-14 200 free relay (2:00.99).

Winners for the girls were Mary Kallinicou in the 15-18 100 IM (1:14.54) and 100 breast (1:21.1), Ellie Prinster in the 15-18 100 free (1:07.6), Morgan Dewitt in the 15-18 100 back (1:15.99) and the 15-18 200 medley relay (2:19.6).

Quinn Mickelson, Prinster and Brittany Pease also wrapped up their careers with the Stingrays, who finished fifth overall (1,756.5 points) behind Dublin Pacific (2,062), Annehurst (1,970.5), Grandview (1,943.5) and Dublin Atlantic (1,791) and ahead of Dublin Arctic (1,581) and Northland (658.5).

The Marysville boys team finished third (894) behind Atlantic (1,061) and Annehurst (957) and ahead of Pacific (890), Grandview (849), Arctic (840) and Northland (256). The girls were fourth (862.5) behind Pacific (1,172), Grandview (1,094.5) and Annehurst (1,013.5) and ahead of Arctic (741), Atlantic (730) and Northland (402.5).

"I love it," said coach Samantha Cowgill, a 2009 Marysville graduate who competed on the club and high school teams and will be a senior swimmer at Urbana University. "They're all improving. It's great."

For Pacific, it was the club's first overall title.

"It's a good group of kids, but who expected this to happen first year in because we had never won this?" first-year coach Daniel Cherok said. "It's the kids who have done it. They're just great swimmers and there's nothing wrong with participation. They like to get in and try hard."

Annehurst was the defending champion, but coach Kevin Kissling was pleased with his team's second-place finish.

"We always want to win, so it's tough finishing second, but I'm proud of the kids," said Kissling, whose team is based in Westerville. "They swam well. We did what we talked about. They came here today and had a lot of fun and worked on moving up -- if they were seeded eighth, trying to finish seventh or sixth. ... We just wanted kids to move up because if everybody moves up and scores an extra point, you take another point away from another team. I'm really proud of the effort they put out."