Although the Delaware Aquatics Racing Team won the Greater Columbus Swim League's overall championship for the sixth season in a row, the meet July 22 at the Gahanna Swim and Racquet Club was more about saying goodbye to old friends.
In addition to it being the final competition for many swimmers in the senior division (ages 11-18), the teams honored the Olympic Swim Club Barracudas, who were competing for the final time.
Olympic is becoming privatized and will not have swimming teams next season.
"This has been special because the league is full of great people and coaches," Olympic coach Sophie Ciminello said. "Delaware made us special shirts and they wore the same shirts as us in our honor. In the prelims (July 21 in Worthington), Worthington had a special tribute for us. It's sad to leave this league and our friends.
"But the toughest thing is the kids. It feels like they're getting robbed. They have to go find new pools after getting comfortable with Olympic."
Delaware won the overall title with 2,676.5 points, repeating as champion in the senior division and finishing second in the junior division (ages 10-and-under). Worthington (2,030.5) was second overall, followed by Westerville JC (1,832), Highland (1,668), Plain Township (1,637), Northwest (1,608), Olympic (1,559.5) and Gahanna (688.5).
Delaware scored 1,723 points in the senior division to finish ahead of Worthington (1,097), Westerville JC (1,085), Northwest (1,080), Olympic (1,050), Plain Township (897), Highland (688) and Gahanna (324).
Highland scored 980 to win the junior division ahead of Delaware (953.5), Worthington (933.5), Westerville JC (747), Plain Township (740), Northwest (528), Olympic (509.5) and Gahanna (364.5). It snapped Delaware's five-year reign as junior division champion.
There were 691 swimmers and divers competing in the 54th annual event.
For Delaware, Brooke Glesenkamp won the 18-and-under 100-yard freestyle in a program-record 52.56 seconds. She also set program records while finishing second in the 100 butterfly (1:00.58) and 100 individual medley (1:00.61) and joined Brittany Puthoff, Kara Miller and Kristen Puthoff in the winning 200 free relay that set a program record (1:43.31). Glesenkamp also was a member of the winning 200 medley relay (1:55.87) with Brittany Puthoff, Miller and Marisa Sulek.
Brittany Puthoff, competing in her last season for the Stingrays, won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.19).
"It's sad to leave this program because it has meant a lot to me and we've been a dominant team for a while now, but it is time to move on to bigger and better things," said Puthoff, who will compete at the University of Toledo. "I didn't swim my best times in the finals, but I haven't been working on things real hard. I just kind of competed this summer to stay in shape."
For boys 18-and-under, Colin Hawes won the 100 backstroke (59.56). Skyler Pollock, in his final meet with the Stingrays before competing at the University of Findlay, scored in four events and finished third in the 100 back (1:00.94).
In girls 12-and-under, Lauren Ertz set program marks in winning the 100 IM (1:06.23) and 50 free (26.42). She joined Gianna Garnett, Rena Ouyang and Makayla Morant to win the 200 free relay in a program-best 1:53.08 and teamed with Garnett, Maddie Richardson and Ouyang to win the 200 medley relay (2:10.29).
Also winning in the senior division was Kelly Godfrey in the girls 14-and-under 50 back (31.07).
In the junior division, Rory VanGorder won the girls 10-and-under 50 free (30.13) and was a member of the winning 100 free relay (1:00.96) with Zoe Owens, Olivia Oyster and Ava First. Mark Sulek won the 10-and-under boys 50 free (31.37) and 1-meter diving (99.0 points), and Kaitlyn Sallows won the girls 8-and-under 25 free (17.0).
"It was a wonderful meet," VanGorder said. "All my friends and family are proud of me. I think freestyle will be my main stroke (in the future), but I love the fly and IM, too."
Steele, Holub lead Worthington Wave
For Worthington, Samuel Steele won the 50 back (29.61), 100 IM (1:06.87) and 50 fly (29.95) in the boys 12-and-under group. The Wave also won the 200 medley relay (2:10.86) and 200 free relay (1:54.54).
Madelaine Holub was a two-time individual champion in the 14-and-under girls division, winning the 50 breast (33.51) and 100 IM (1:05.89). Julia Scharff won the 50 fly (28.99), and the 200 medley relay also won (2:07.45).
The boys 10-and-under 100 free relay won in 1:02.66.
Other winners for the Wave were divers Andy Payne (14-and-under boys, 165.55), Vincent Bernard (12-and-under boys, 158.15) and Soleil Cummings (8-and-under girls, 41.55).
Westerville JC buoyed by 14-and-under boys
Jeremy Baggs won three individual titles and Nate Stadler won two as the 14-and-under boys paced Westerville JC.
Baggs won the 50 fly (26.08), 50 breast (30.07) and 100 IM (58.06), and Stadler finished first in the 50 free (24.19) and 50 back (27.61). The 14-and-under boys also won the 200 free relay (1:38.52) and 200 medley relay (1:49.06).
Brogan Robinson won the 100 IM (1:11.64) and 50 breast (38.56) for 10-and-under boys.
In the 10-and-under girls, Alexandria Knodel finished first in the 50 breast (39.73) and 100 IM (1:17.34) and Ava Row won the 50 back (36.83).
Other swimming winners were Eric DeVore in the 12-and-under 50 free (26.27) and Zander Murnieks in the 8-and-under 25 free (16.82). Murnieks also won in diving (47.35). Other divers winning were Lena Morgan (12-and-under girls, 149.8), Ashley White (18-and-under girls, 226.55) and Colin White (18-and-under boys, 179.65).
Swearingen siblings fuel Highland
Chase Swearingen and Macey Swearingen were the only individual champions for Highland.
Competing in the 8-and-under boys group, Chase Swearingen won the 25 back (15.73), 25 breast (18.2) and 25 fly (14.81). Macey Swearingen won the 50 back (31.87) and 50 breast (35.08) in the girls 12-and-under division.
Highland won five relays, including four in the 8-and-under group. The boys won the 100 medley (1:25.84) and 100 free (1:16.08) and the girls won the 100 free (1:13.13) and 100 medley (1:26.58).
The other winning relay was the girls 10-and-under 100 medley (1:11.69).
Schimming shines for Plain Township
Hope Schimming won the 25 back (18.71) and 25 fly (19.2) in the girls 8-and-under division to lead Plain Township.
Other titles were earned by Natalie Duperre in the girls 10-and-under 50 fly (33.58), Lauren Sadler in the girls 14-and-under 50 free (26.74) and the girls 14-and-under 200 free relay (1:52.52).
Weaver, Trace spark Northwest
Competing in the boys 18-and-under group, Ben Weaver won the 100 free (48.47), 100 fly (55.69) and 100 IM (59.07) to lead Northwest.
In the same division, Michael Robinson won the 100 breast (1:06.72) and the 200 medley relay (1:47.75) and 200 free relay (1:33.51) also finished first.
Katie Trace won the 100 IM (1:00.38) and 100 fly (59.5) in the girls 18-and-under group, with Justine Kenny winning the 100 back (1:04.02).
Sarah Anderson won the 12-and-under girls 50 fly (28.93). Thaine Nederveld won the 50 back (35.02) and 50 fly (32.69) for 10-and-under boys and was a member of the winning 100 medley relay (1:15.52).
Richardson, Piatt final Olympic winners
Olympic had a pair of first-place efforts in its final GCSL championships.
Donnie Richardson won the boys 12-and-under 50 breast (35.21) and Gretchen Piatt won the girls 8-and-under 25 breast (22.0).
Gahanna wins twice in diving
Host Gahanna did not have a swimming winner, but captured two diving titles.
Ludelina Alli won in 14-and-under girls (144.5) and Maya Gregory was first in 10-and-under girls (104.2).