Suburban Swim Club League
Seadogs win fifth straight title
The Upper Arlington Swim & Racquet Club continued its domination of the Suburban Swim Club League meet on July 16 in Dublin.
The Seadogs (3,107.5 points) finished ahead of Muirfield (2,560.5), Olentangy (2,108.5) and Hilliard (1,448.5) while winning their fifth consecutive title.
Swim & Racquet also finished first in the senior (1,739) and junior (1,368.5) divisions. The team placed ahead of Muirfield (1,662.5), Olentangy (1,153.5) and Hilliard (756) in the senior division and Olentangy (955), Muirfield (898) and Hilliard (692.5) in the junior division.
Tom Vinci, the meet director for Muirfield, said 456 swimmers registered for the event, which was held at the club's pool on Glick Road.
"We look forward to this meet a lot," he said. "This is a great competition for them. This is kind of like the Olympics where you compete for points for your team and not just necessarily against the other team. The Olympics are (coming up) and the kids are all excited seeing what's on TV and doing it themselves in the water."
Swim & Racquet coach Barb Smith said the win was a total team effort.
"It's the kids who come to practice, it's those kids who want to be there, it's those kids who are cheering for their teammates," Smith said. "That's what pulls it all together. This is a great way to end the season on a nice, hot day. Everybody swam well and everybody had a good time."
Siblings Alec and Meredith Caswell played key roles in Swim & Racquet's win.
Competing in the 11-12 boys division, Alec was first in the 100-meter individual medley (1 minute, 22.3 seconds), 50 backstroke (38.16), 50 butterfly (38.12) and 50 breaststroke (45.33).
Competing in the 11-12 girls division, Meredith was third in the 50 breast (43.01). She also was part of the second-place 200 freestyle relay (2:27.11) and third-place 200 medley relay (2:37.99).
"It's pretty cool and it's motivational," Meredith said of competing for the club.
Muirfield's Austin Hunt and Matt Minns competed in their final club meet. Both were successful swimmers for Dublin Jerome High School.
Competing in the 15-18 division, Minns won the 100 IM (1:10.74) and 50 breast (35.38).
Minns and Hunt were part of the first-place 200 medley relay (2:15.77) and 200 free relay (1:53.32).
"This really couldn't have gone much better," Minns said. "Everyone (got personal records) and dropped time in both relays. It was a good finish to the season."
Hunt won the 50 free (26.87) and 50 fly (30.62).
"I thought we had a great time today and we had a great time all season," he said. "Especially for Matt and I when we swim year-round, this is more of a fun, social time. Obviously, it's great exercise, but we also use it as more of a fun group. I know I'll miss it a lot."
For Olentangy's Melissa Basye, who is home-schooled, the meet allowed her to showcase her skills in what she called her most important event of the summer.
Basye, 17, finished second in the 50 free (29.98) and 50 breast (41.49). She also was a member of the second-place 200 free relay (2:14.87).
"I'm excited, this was fun," Basye said. "Since I can't compete over the winter, I practice a lot for the summer league. This is my chance."
Swim & Racquet also won the diving competition, which the club played host to on July 14. Swim & Racquet (388) finished ahead of Hilliard (350), Olentangy (69) and Bexley (65).