Tri-County Aquatic League
Kingfish win eighth straight title
The Tri-County Aquatic League championship meet has become a tradition as a competitive but fun way to wrap up the summer season.
Another tradition has been the domination of the Chevington Woods Kingfish swimming team, which won its eighth consecutive title in the meet held July 26 and 27 at the Canal Winchester Municipal Pool.
Chevington Woods (861 points) finished first in the A Division ahead of Huntington Hills (554.5), Valley View (405.5) and Baltimore (390).
The Pataskala Area Swim Team (327.5) finished first in the B Division ahead of Groveport (240), Moundbuilders Country Club (198) and Lancaster Country Club (172).
Bexley (151) was first in the C Division ahead of Canal Winchester (112.5), Granville (94) and Pickerington (92).
Each division winner received a trophy.
Chevington Woods, which is based in Pickerington, received a balanced effort. The boys team finished first with 423 points and the girls were first with 420.
Chevington Woods is coached by Kevin Yates, who also coaches the Granville High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams.
"We swam really well," said Yates, who completed his second season with the Kingfish. "It was a great meet. All the kids stepped up. The nice thing is it's such a close swimming family and everyone loves to swim, so it pays off and I'm happy to see us come out on top again."
Paul Hintz, a 2012 graduate of Pickerington North, played a key role in Chevington Woods' win. He won the 15-18 50-meter freestyle (24.7 seconds), placed second in the 100 free (53.8) and was a member of the second-place 200 medley (1:57.25) and 200 free (1:43.87) relays.
Hintz, who will swim at Division III Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., competed with Chevington Woods for 14 years.
"Working hard and we have a lot of good coaches," Hintz said of the keys to the club's success. "We have so many volunteer coaches. We only have about five paid coaches and the rest of them are actually swimmers. We have them in the water with the little kids. We have such a good volunteer coaching staff that we can keep our kids working hard."
Chevington Woods' Ryan Francis won the boys 11-12 50 free (meet-record 28.2) and 50 butterfly (31.75).
Huntington Hills' Andrew Martin set meet records in the boys 15-18 100 free (53.31) and 50 fly (26.4). Martin, Jacob Griffith, Josh Cohen and Patrick Kelly set a meet record in the 200 free relay (1:41.39).
Also setting a meet record was Valley View's Kavanaugh Frank in the boys U8 25 free (16.73). He also won the 25 fly (19.29).
Other boys multiple winners were Baltimore's Gregory Cordle in the 13-14 100 individual medley (1:09.41) and 50 backstroke (32.88), Moundbuilders' Bryson Hauenstein in the 9-10 100 IM (1:33.54) and 25 back (18.68) and Huntington Hills' Patrick Kelly in the 15-18 100 IM (1:02.85) and 100 back (1:04.32).
Multiple winners for the girls were Baltimore's Logan Lawhorn in the 9-10 100 IM (1:20.47) and 25 breaststroke (18.76), Moundbuilders' Zoee Lehman in the 6U 25 free (21.44) and 25 back (27.63), Huntington Hills' Kelsey Morgan in the 11-12 100 IM (1:12.08) and 50 breast (36.22), Groveport's Miaya Green in the 13-14 100 IM (1:16.4) and 50 fly (33.17) and Granville's Paige Griesse in the 15-18 100 IM (1:13.07) and 100 back (1:12.91).
The meet marked the end of Lindsay Lash's first season as coach at Groveport. The 2008 graduate of Westerville North was a two-time Division I state champion in the 100 back and a former competitor for Huntington Hills.
"I had a blast this year," said Lash, a 2012 graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she competed on the swimming team. "It was a lot of fun working with this group of kids. It's a great team. It's a great support group with the parents. It was a lot of fun."