Coach Tony Phillips knew depth would be the key if his Eastmoor Swordfish team were to win the Suburban East Swim League meet July 23-24 at Hilltop.

Coach Tony Phillips knew depth would be the key if his Eastmoor Swordfish team were to win the Suburban East Swim League meet July 23-24 at Hilltop.

The Swordfish last won the title in 2003, and along with ending that drought they wanted to stop the Reynoldsburg Marlins from earning their 10th championship in 11 years.

Eastmoor did just that, winning the varsity (11-and-older) title 493-453 over Reynoldsburg and the junior varsity (10-and-younger) title 329-325.

"We knew we had the largest team in the league, but we were missing some of our key big-point swimmers because of family vacations," said Phillips, whose team had 98 of its 106 swimmers compete. "What that did, though, was create opportunities for other swimmers to step up."

The Marlins had more first-place finishes (19) than Eastmoor (14) in the varsity competition and in the j.v. (9-7), but couldn't match the depth of the Swordfish. Eastmoor had more than one competitor in 57 of the meet's 70 finals.

Rounding out the varsity competition were Hilltop (184), Hunter's Ridge (165), Foxboro (68), New Albany Links (25) and London (8). In the j.v. meet, New Albany Links (113) was third, followed by Hunter's Ridge (94), Hilltop (52), Foxboro (37) and London (33).

Eastmoor's Mia Phillips set a record in the 6-and-younger girls 25-yard freestyle, winning in 21.42 seconds. The Swordfish also set records in the 8-and-younger girls 100 medley (1:31.96) and 100 free (1:19.72) relays. The 15-18 girls 200 free relay broke a 17-year-old record as it won in 1:50.53.

"We never really set lofty team goals," coach Phillips said. "We knew if each individual focused on their individual swims, good things are going to happen. I don't think there was a single event where we didn't have one or two swimmers in the top six.

"It's great for our pool to get recognized like this. We're hoping that generates a little more interest and a little more spirit."

Coach Eric Lindquist said the Reynoldsburg Marlins have plenty to be proud of as they set 10 SESL records.

Megan McCafferty set the record in the 9-10 girls 25 butterfly (14.6), breaking a mark that had stood since 1993, and she set records in the 50 backstroke (33.8) and 50 free (30.91).

In the 11-12 girls group, Andrea Cottrell set records in the 50 breaststroke (33.04), 50 free (26.8) and 100 individual medley (1:06.41). Tiffany Aeling set a record in the 15-18 girls 100 free (56.33), surpassing a mark that had stood since 1993, and she set a record in the 200 IM (2:20.88).

The Marlins also set relay records in the 9-10 girls 100 medley (1:13.54) and the 8-and-younger 100 free (1:20.05).

"We were disappointed with the score but not with our effort," Lindquist said. "Eastmoor came in as overwhelming favorites, but we were able to close the gap. Everyone was in it to win it. It was heartbreaking to lose the j.v. meet by four points because you know it came down to one or two races, but at the same time, everyone gave it their all."