The Columbus Academy swimming and diving teams entered the MSL meet Jan. 26 at home realizing the Granville boys and girls again were the squads to beat.
Coach Craig Yakscoe was hoping both of his teams would at least finish second and improve their times in preparation for the Division II sectional meet Feb. 9 at home.
The Vikings achieved those goals.
The boys team was second (166 points) behind Granville (299) as 14 teams scored and the girls team was second (273) behind the Blue Aces (421) as 16 teams scored.
The Granville boys won the meet for the fourth consecutive season and the girls won their third consecutive league title.
"The kids are in a good spot for this time of the year," Yakscoe said. "They're still training real hard and some of them are lifting pretty hard still. Their legs are sore. They swam really well. I was very pleased with two runner-up finishes."
Sophomore Abby Wilson led the Vikings girls, winning the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 16.72 seconds) and the 500 freestyle (5:19.76).
Sophomore Emma Watson won the diving competition (401.85), which was held Jan. 23 at Columbus Aquatics Center.
Yakscoe pointed to the effort of senior captain Abby Brown as another key to Academy's success.
Brown was second in the 100 butterfly (59.76) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.27). She also joined Wilson, India Sherman and Anya Kone' on the second-place 200 medley relay (1:53.27) and Kone', Sherman and Lauren Cullen on the second-place 200 free relay (1:45.17).
"Granville has an incredible program, so we're happy to have great competition," Brown said. "There's no shame in getting second. I had a couple second places to Granville girls, but I was happy with my times and I'm happy to have good competition."
Wilson, Cullen, Sarah Campbell and Sydney Brault were second in the 400 free relay (3:57.67).
Kone' was second in the 50 free (25.6) and 100 free (56.15), and Cullen was second in the 100 backstroke (1:05.11).
For the boys, Brian Burke, Mitchell Dreisbach, Andy Li and Alec Wuorinen were second in the 200 medley relay (1:52.17).
Boys basketball team enjoying success
Since losing to Bloom-Carroll 73-59 on Jan. 16, the boys basketball team had won four consecutive games before playing Worthington Christian on Jan. 29.
Academy was 13-2 overall and leads the MSL-Ohio Division at 9-1. Newark Catholic is 8-1.
The Vikings defeated Jonathan Alder 48-38 on Jan. 24 and Heath 55-28 on Jan. 26.
Against Jonathan Alder, post player Aakaash Paladugu scored 23 points and forward Daniel Aronowitz scored 13.
Against Heath, Aronowitz scored 11 points and point guard Jared Harris scored 10.
"The kids should be proud of themselves," coach Jeff Warstler said. "We gave up 31 (points) to (Newark) Catholic (38-31 win Jan. 18), gave up 39 to (Licking) Valley (59-39 win Jan. 22), 38 (against Jonathan Alder) and 28 (against Heath), and that's a pretty good ride for us defensively.
"All the credit goes to the kids. They work extremely hard, they do exactly what we ask them to do and I couldn't be any more proud of them."
Warstler said he has been looking for more scoring from Harris.
"I'd like to see Jared shoot the ball a little bit more, but he's definitely our engine," Warstler said.
Wrestlers compete at New Lexington
The wrestling team tied Smithville for 16th (52) behind champion St. Paris Graham (448.5) and runner-up Lakewood St. Edward (278) in the 21-team Jimmy Wood Invitational on Jan. 26 at New Lexington.
Dan Jones was fourth at 195 pounds.
The Vikings lost to Chillicothe Zane Trace 38-36 in the second round of the Division III state dual tournament Jan. 23 at West Jefferson. Winning by pin were Tim Leathery at 145 (2:26) and Johnston Allinder at 195 (5:01).
The Vikings were seeded fourth and Zane Trace was fifth in Region 22-B.
Academy also lost to St. Charles 52-27 on Jan. 24 at home. Winning by pin were Sam Wittman at 126 (2:45), Taylor Smallridge at 132 (1:35), Allinder at 182 (1:20) and Jones at 195 (1:44).
The Vikings next compete Feb. 9 in the MSL-Ohio tournament at Heath.