The DeSales High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams will compete at the CCL meet on Saturday, Jan. 29, with a lineup led by what coach J.R. Fourqurean calls the "big four."

The DeSales High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams will compete at the CCL meet on Saturday, Jan. 29, with a lineup led by what coach J.R. Fourqurean calls the "big four."

The DeSales boys team might not have the depth of St. Charles and the same could be said about the girls team compared to Watterson, but with the "big four," the Stallions have proven state-level swimmers.

With Cooper Staton of the boys team and Andrea Acquista, Andrea Devakul and Suzanne Hrabowy of the girls team, the Stallions have been able to focus on filling in the gaps for the postseason.

"With some help from some key individuals, we should be able to get four relays as well as some individual events at the state level," Fourqurean said. "They will make a big impact on the Central District meet as well as the state meet."

Staton, the defending Division II state champion in the 50-yard freestyle (20.98 seconds), will be looking to take home his third CCL title in the 50 free and second in the 100 free. Staton's winning performances in the 50 free (21.87) and 100 free (49.38) last season set CCL meet records.

He appears to be on his way to another strong postseason after placing second (21.54) in the 50 free behind Strongville's Michael Meldon (21.23) at the Northeast Classic on Jan. 15. He also was eighth (50.45) in the 100 free behind Hudson's Jimmy Dagley (47.9).

The boys team scored 204 points at last year's CCL meet and finished second behind St. Charles (437). Watterson was third (194) and Hartley was fourth (181).

Fourqurean said the Stallions should have a shot to place second again, with Hartley also being a strong contender.

The Stallions' finish could come down to where swimmers like Eddie Cordek, Will Gish, Kris Hallam, Santino Sanfilipo, James Walsh and Kevin Walsh place. They will have to make an impact, Fourqurean said.

The girls team is looking for strong performances from Devakul and Hrabowy, who were part of a 200 medley relay that was 11th (1:53.98) at state last year. Hrabowy also was sixth (58.57) in the 100 butterfly and sixth (52.78) in the 100 free. Acquista was fourth in diving (381.55 points).

Acquista won the CCL diving title last year with 409 points. Hrabowy was one of several Stallions swimmers who didn't compete in their normal events at last year's CCL meet. She ended up placing third (25.16) in the 50 free despite training heavily for the 100 fly and 100 backstroke. In 2009, Hrabowy won the CCL championship in the 200 individual medley (2:20.28).

At the Northeast Classic, Hrabowy was ninth (53.8) in the 100 free behind Massillon Jackson's Chase Kinney (52.58) and 13th (1:00.53) in the 100 fly behind Akron Firestone's Katie Miller (56.08). Acquista was eighth (380.9) in diving behind Cuyahoga Falls' Haleigh Bartlett (456.2).

The Stallions also expect strong contributions from Kara Goodman, Erica Hegedus, Abby Moonis, Katie Murray and Amy Shomo.

The girls team was third (236) in the CCL last season behind Watterson (395) and Hartley (336) and ahead of Columbus School for Girls (144).

"All the teams top to bottom are tough (on the girls side)," Fourqurean said. "I think you have to look at Watterson being the favorite with Hartley giving them a run for their money. I'd like to see us land in third, but CSG will be a tough group to beat out. We always go into this meet to be competitive and to change our mindset from dual meets to tournament mode and to make any corrections we need before sectionals start."

•The hockey team earned a much needed 10-1 win over Watterson on Jan. 22.

It was the Stallions' first Capital Hockey Conference win this season. DeSales is 1-6-1 with 1 point in the CHC, which places them 13th in the 14-team league ahead of Watterson (0-11). Dublin Jerome is first at 8-1 (16 points).

"The Watterson game came at a wonderful time for us," coach Bob Heine said. "For the first period, it was 0-0 and then we had some upperclassmen that were able to step up and turn the tide for us. Watterson has made some strides and for us it was a confidence builder."

At 5-17 overall, the Stallions already have surpassed last season's win total. DeSales was 4-18-3 overall and 1-10-1 in the CHC last season.

With a large freshman class that consists of Hunter Chapman, Colm Crotty, Thomas Gorman, Danny Helin, Tyler Klutch, Kyle Ghiloni, Ben Risinger and Josh VanCuyk, the Stallions have had to deal with inexperience.

The Stallions have relied on seniors J.P. Mazzocco, Joe Eierman and Eddie Levin to provide the leadership.

Some games like a 10-0 loss to Dublin Coffman on Jan. 23 have been tough, but the Stallions also have suffered close losses. The Stallions lost to Thomas Worthington 4-3 in overtime on Jan. 2 and five days later lost to Gahanna 3-2.

"We've really worked hard in just about every game," Heine said. "The work ethic and the enthusiasm has been the high point. It's just a lack of experience. We have a lot of freshman and they're learning every day. We haven't given up on anything. We're going to keep going and continue to work hard."

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the DeSales boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics, hockey, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jan. 18 - Defeated Granville 67-44. Clinton James scored 16 points and Sam Borghese scored 11.

*Jan. 21 - Def. Watterson 36-32. Kenny Cooper had eight points.

Jan. 22 - Def. Urbana 53-38. Charles Chandler scored 11 points and James added 10.

Jan. 26 - Played Beechcroft

Jan. 28 - At Worthington Christian. The Stallions won 72-48 and 81-60 last year.

*Feb. 1 - Home vs. Ready. The Stallions won 60-40 on Dec. 17.

Of note: The Stallions were 9-3 overall before Jan. 26 and are 3-1 in the CCL.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 18 - Def. Columbus School for Girls 53-38. Maddie Lockhart scored 17 points and Tyler Craig scored 12.

Jan. 22 - Lost to Watterson 55-52. Craig scored 18 points and Lockhart scored 12.

Jan. 24 - Def. Logan Elm 66-46

Feb. 1 - At Granville

Of note: The Stallions are 7-6 overall and 3-2 in the CCL.

*CCL game

GYMNASTICS

Jan. 22 - Finished first (134.4) ahead of Painesville Riverside (132.175) at Worthington Kilbourne Invitational. Kate Miltko won vault (9.1).

Jan. 29 - Brecksville-Broadview Heights Invitational

HOCKEY

*Jan. 22 - Def. Watterson 10-1

*Jan. 23 - Lost to Coffman 10-0

*Jan. 29 - Olentangy at Chiller North

*Jan. 30 - St. Charles at Chiller Easton. The Stallions lost 8-1 on Dec. 4.

Of note: The Stallions are 5-17 overall and 1-6-1 in the Capital Hockey Conference.

*CHC game

SWIMMING & DIVING

Jan. 25 - Competed at Columbus Academy

Jan. 29 - CCL championships at St. Charles

WRESTLING

Jan. 19 - Tied Licking Heights at 42

Jan. 22 - Lost to West Jefferson 56-15; def. Big Walnut 40-28

Jan. 29 - At Lakewood St. Edward