The Reynoldsburg High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams had no plans to treat this week or next differently than any other.

The Reynoldsburg High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams had no plans to treat this week or next differently than any other.

Whereas many teams are in the midst of tapering in advance of the postseason, the Raiders plan to taper to a degree but largely continue training as they have much of the season.

"We didn't taper off at all for the OCC meet. We're still training as hard as we ever have," coach Stephanie Kiss said. "We were hopeful a lot of our swimmers would have (personal records), but also we were realistic that we're still training hard. At the end of next week, some swimmers will start to taper off, but the next few weeks, we'll train as hard as we want to."

The boys and girls teams both finished fifth in the OCC-Ohio Division meet Jan. 28 at Thomas Worthington. The boys scored 116 points to place behind Pickerington North (365), Gahanna (227), Lancaster (211) and Grove City (151) and ahead of Pickerington Central (80) and Newark (5), and the girls scored 174 points to finish behind Gahanna (241), North (238.5), Central (220) and Grove City (198) and ahead of Lancaster (126) and Newark (1).

Groveport does not have a swimming program.

"It's kind of a warm-up for sectionals, but it also unites everyone as a team," said freshman Morgan McCafferty, who placed second in the 100-yard butterfly (1 minute, 3.22 seconds) and 100 backstroke (1:00.63) and helped the 200 medley relay (1:57.03) and 200 freestyle relay (1:47.3) to second-place finishes. "We'll keep going harder and harder. If you taper at the wrong time, you won't go as fast at the end of the season. That's the last thing we want."

McCafferty's efforts paced the girls team, which also got third-place finishes from Leah Svoboda in the 200 individual medley (2:28.2) and Marisa Glusich in the 500 free (5:48.91) and 100 breaststroke (1:14). All three are freshmen. McCafferty was joined by Glusich, Svoboda and freshman DrewAnne Maffett on the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

"You look at two of our relays (the 200 free and 200 medley) and all of those are girls are freshmen," Kiss said. "Certainly, that's very promising. We just have to make sure to get more numbers in the next few years to make this team bigger. The numbers definitely have held us back."

The girls team has 14 members and the boys team has six.

The boys team had three top-three finishes in the OCC-Ohio meet, as senior Andrew Templeman was second in the 500 free (5:15.38), junior Joshua Dorsett was third in the 50 free (23.89) and the 200 free relay of Dorsett, junior Connor Svoboda, freshman Devin Wooddell and Templeman was third (1:41.96).

The Raiders will compete in a Division I sectional meet Feb. 11 at Upper Arlington.

The winner of each sectional swimming event qualifies for the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths will be awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until the district meet.

"(In the OCC-Ohio meet) we wanted to swim our best times, but sectionals is what counts to make us go on," Dorsett said. "You have to bust your butt and get your best times now (but) it's a very fun time, just to know we've been working so hard all season and for it to finally pay off is a great feeling."