When the teams from the North-East-West Swim League come together for summer championships, the Dublin Dolphins have expectations of a first-place finish.

When the teams from the North-East-West Swim League come together for summer championships, the Dublin Dolphins have expectations of a first-place finish.

The Dublin teams have dominated the league for several years, and Dublin Arctic did not disappoint this year. Arctic won the event for the fourth time in five years at the Dublin Municipal Pool on July 23.

"Dublin has so many talented swimmers and our goal is to win it," Arctic coach Megan Novotny said. "It was very rewarding to see our swimmers improve."

Dublin is stacked with talent, and the city's swimmers are split into three teams -- Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic. In this year's championships Arctic won nine relays and took first place in 13 individual events.

"We have a lot of depth in our program," Novotny said.

Arctic totaled 1,418 points to finish ahead of Annehurst (1,196), Marysville (1,125), Grandview (825), Atlantic (747), Pacific (614), Northland (614) and Pickerington (479).

The teams are split into two divisions -- Olentangy and Scioto -- and Grandview won the Scioto Division.

Arctic took first place, but the top swimmer in the meet was 16-year-old Margo Geer from Marysville. Geer, who recently returned from the Olympic trials, continued her dominance in the meet by taking first in four events and setting a meet record in the 100-meter individual medley (1 minute, 5.44 seconds).

She also was somewhat of a celebrity for the younger swimmers, who had her signing autographs on swim caps and shirts.

"When I got back (from trials) I realized how much the little kids look up to you," Geer said. "I know they're watching and I want to set a good example."

Arctic had five swimmers finish as the high point winners. They were Emma Kruse and Jackson Coleman in the 6-and- younger, Mitchell Burns in 9-10, Kelsey High in 11-12 and Nichole Gill in 13-14.

Kruse won the 25 backstroke (31.37) and Jackson won the 25 freestyle (23.44) and 25 back (35.97). Burns finished first in all five of his events, taking the 100 IM (1:25.35), 50 back (20.72), 50 butterfly (18.88), the 100 medley relay (1:22.03) with Matthew Gaber, Eric High and Jack McSorley and the 100 free relay (1:07.00) with Gaber, McSorley and Kip Leveridge.

High won the 100 IM (1:18.77), 50 back (36.73) and the 200 medley relay (2:34.02) and 200 free relay (2:14.94) with Katie Kaffenbarger, Ashlynn Burns and Jessica Kinzeler.

Gill also finished first in three individual events and two relays. She won the 100 IM (1:12.72), 50 back (34.20), 50 fly (31.65), and the 100 medley relay (2:22.26) and 100 free relay (2:06.67) with Monica Welcker, Meg Boothe and Sarah Davis.

"It's good when all of your work from the summer pays off," Novotny said.

Other high point swimmers for the boys were Marysville's Connor Hall and Atlantic's Edward Michael for the 8-and-younger, Marysville's Sam Aslaner in the 11-12, Annehurst's Chad Rankin in 13-14 and Annehurst's Carl Svagerko in the 15-18.

For the girls, other high point swimmers were Annehurst's Kate Cray in the 8-and-younger and Pacific's Kinnari Sorathia in 9-10.

The meet was dedicated in memory of Bruce Bischoff and Joy Nueller, both of whom died in the last year.

Bischoff coached and provided the timing equipment for the N.E.W. Swim League for many years. Mueller worked as a concessions manager in Dublin Community Pools for 20 years.