Suburban East Swim League
McCafferty leads Marlins to title
Erik Lindquist remembers watching Morgan McCafferty train when she was 8 years old. Six years later, McCafferty still impresses the Reynoldsburg Marlins coach.
In the Suburban East Swim League meet July 19 in Gahanna, McCafferty broke a longstanding record in the 14U girls 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.95 seconds. The previous record was set by Toni Roesch (26.0) in 1977.
McCafferty also set a league record in the 50 backstroke (28.86) and won the 50 butterfly (27.83) to help the Marlins capture their fifth varsity championship in six years.
"She sets records every year she comes here," Lindquist said. "When she was 8, you could just tell she was going to be someone special. She puts in a ridiculous amount of hours in the water and swims thousands upon thousands of yards.
"When you take all that natural talent and put it together with hard work, you have some fast times."
McCafferty helped Rey-noldsburg score 700 points and finish ahead of Eastmoor (564), Hunters Ridge (320), New Albany (181), London (102), Foxboro (71) and Hilltop (34).
"This meet was everything I hoped it would be," she said. "I feel amazing right now. I am so ready. I could go out there and swim some more.
"I was most pleased with my 50 free. I wasn't expecting to (break the meet record). I was just like, 'It's all up to God. Whatever He wants me to do, I'm going to do.' I just took one breath and went for it."
Patrick McCafferty won three 12U events for the Marlins boys team -- the 50 fly (32.11), 50 free (29.97) and 100 individual medley (1:15.87). Tanner Wooddell (12U boys 50 back, 38.31), Acadia Gaver (14U girls 50 breaststroke, 35.29) and Leah Svoboda (14U girls 100 IM, 1:06.82) also placed first.
The boys team also won the 12U medley relay (2:29.57) and 200 free relay (2:14.35), and the 18U 200 medley relay (1:57.9) and 200 free relay (1:41.92). The girls team was first in the 14U 200 medley relay (meet-record 2:01.85).
*Eastmoor's Jessica Carpenter felt like she was chasing herself in the 18U girls 100 back. She won the event in 1:04.48, beating the meet record of 1:06.18 that she set last summer.
"I was more motivated than anything to beat my own record," said Carpenter, a Hartley graduate who will swim for Bowling Green. "This is my last time swimming in this meet. I dropped three seconds from my preliminary time."
Carpenter also won the 50 fly (28.2) and 100 free (58.4).
Eastmoor scored 401.5 points to win the junior varsity meet for 10U swimmers, finishing ahead of Reynoldsburg (352), Hunters Ridge (237), Foxboro (202.5), New Albany (132), Hilltop (31) and London (1).
Mia Phillips set a record in the 10U girls 50 breast (38.46) and was first in the 10U girls 25 fly (15.5), and Victor Noll won the 6U boys 25 back (28.55) and 25 free (24.08). Other first-place finishers included Dalia Fabb-Soto (8U girls 25 back, 19.87) and Zeke Poulos (8U boys 25 back, 22.85).
*New Albany's Brendan Murphy set a meet record in the 18U boys 100 IM (1:00.11) in addition to winning the 50 fly (25.58) and 100 breast (1:07.6). Other multiple winners included Hunters Ridge's Major Belli (14U boys 50 breast, 32.78; 100 IM, 1:05.7) and Hunters Ridge's Kirstyn Thomas (18U girls 100 breast, 1:17.08; 100 IM, 1:09.41).
In the j.v. meet, Hunters Ridge's Marie Belli clocked a 15.79 in the U8 girls 25 free to break the meet record of 16.0 set in 1979. Hunters Ridge also set records in the 10U girls 100 medley relay (1:10.22), the 10U boys 100 medley relay (1:13.08) and the 10U boys 100 free relay (1:04.76).