Suburban Swim Club League

Swim & Racquet wins seventh straight title

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The Upper Arlington Swim & Racquet Club continued to roll in the Suburban Swim Club League meet.

The Seadogs totaled 2,692 points to outdistance the league's other five clubs and win their seventh consecutive title July 8 and 9 at the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center.

The Hilliard Marlins finished second (2,429), followed by the Annehurst Piranhas (1,688), Grandview Gators (1,438.5), Olentangy Tornadoes (1,342) and Muirfield Muirfins (1,324.5).

It was Annehurst's first season in the league.

"There are fantastic teams in this league and nothing is ever guaranteed, that's for sure," Swim & Racquet coach Barbara Smith said. "We have swimmers that continue to swim with us even if they choose to swim year-round. They come back and swim with us in the summertime. Coaches make a huge difference in every single team (and) sport. My coaches are fantastic."

The juniors (ages 10-and-under) can compete in three events, while the seniors (ages 11-18) can compete in four. The meet featured more than 1,000 swimmers and divers.

For Swim & Racquet's Grace Cullen, who will be a sophomore at Upper Arlington High School, the SSCL season helps her prepare for swimming and water polo with the perennial powerhouse UA programs.

Cullen was first in the 15-18 50-yard breaststroke (33.33 seconds) and third in the 100 individual medley (1:08.14). She also was part of the second-place 200 medley relay (2:03.37) with Jessie Turner, Anna Linzell and Paige MacNaughton, and the second-place 200 freestyle relay (1:46.57) with Linzell, Turner and Erin Sheehan.

"This meet is very fun," Cullen said. "Everyone gets to be a team in this meet. We all come together and just enjoy it."

Sheehan won the 100 IM (1:01.4) and 50 butterfly (27.09), Anna Fischer won the 13-14 50 free (25.94) and 50 fly (28.45), Reed Ray won the boys 11-12 100 IM (1:09.33) and 50 breast (35.16) and Caroline Porterfield won the girls 9-10 50 free (29.57) and 25 backstroke (16.4).

Hilliard enjoys strong showing

Hilliard coach Jeff Williams was impressed with his team's second-place finish.

"The growth that the team has had over the year has been like night and day," he said. "The team is finally getting to the point where we're starting to develop holistically. We're getting that whole team atmosphere going. It's been unreal."

Riley Ernst won the girls 13-14 50 back (29.44) and 50 breast (34.62), Keagan Gehring won the girls 8-and-under 25 free (16.25) and 25 fly (18.24) and Eeshaa Mehta won the girls 11-12 50 free (27.35) and 50 back (33.48).

The Marlins excelled in the medley relays, winning seven of 10 events.

Hilliard won the diving competition with 501 points. Swim & Racquet was second (382), followed by Olentangy (113) and Grandview (49).

Annehurst and Muirfield did not enter diving teams.

Gutman, Higdon lead Annehurst

For Annehurst, Michael Gutman captured four titles, winning the boys 13-14 100 IM (59.58), 50 back (28.93), 50 fly (25.57) and 50 breast (31.41).

Calvin Higdon won the boys 15-18 100 IM (57.16), 50 fly (24.44) and 50 free (23.02).

Young athletes win titles for Grandview

For Grandview, winners included Kaitlyn Sims in the 11-12 100 IM (1:10.74), Phoebe Ferguson in the girls 9-10 25 fly (14.89), Ben Sterneker in the boys 9-10 25 fly (16.19) and Samantha Sims in the girls 8-and-under 25 breast (24.84).

Kayuha stands out for Muirfield

Muirfield's Hannah Kayuha won the girls 15-18 50 free (24.65) and 50 back (29.94). She also was part of the winning 15-18 200 free relay (1:45.21) with Alexis Holderman, Kelly Fox and Morgan Quesnel.

Relay wins for Olentangy

For Olentangy, Jacob Christofi, David Basye, Taylor Whitehead and Matthew Gallegos won the boys 15-18 200 medley relay (2:02.76).

Finishing second were Erin McElroy in the girls 8-and-under 25 free (16.68) and 25 fly (19.34), Baxter Whitehead in the boys 13-14 50 back (29.94) and Caroline Cruise in the girls 13-14 50 fly (29.29).

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