Tri-County Aquatics League

Chevington Woods cruises to Division I title

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The Chevington Woods Kingfish finished first in 31 of 71 events during the 11-team Tri-County Aquatics League championships held July 24 and 25 at the Canal Winchester Municipal Pool.

The Kingfish won the overall title with 982 points.

Based on membership, the league divides its teams into three divisions. Chevington Woods won in Division I, ahead of the Huntington Hills Froggers (512.5) and Valley View Gators (442).

The Canal Winchester Dolphins scored 332 points to hold off the Pataskala Porpoises (316), Baltimore Sea Lions (303), Bexley Marlins (208) and Groveport Fighting Fish (149) in Division II.

In Division III, the Moundbuilders Country Club Piranhas (201.5) won ahead of the Pickerington Tiger Sharks (99) and Granville Stingrays (49).

The 10-and-under championships were July 24, with the 11-and-older groups competing July 25.

"Summer league provides an opportunity to compete in different events than during high school or club," said Anna Bower, a Pickerington High School North senior who won the 100-yard individual medley (1 minute, 19.9 seconds) while competing in the girls 15-18 group for Chevington Woods. "It is less competitive and you focus on fun and doing your personal best, but you get back what you put into it.

"High school is more about doing what's best for the team and is more stressful and high stakes. I don't compete in the IM in high school, but I dropped a second and won. I just do the 200 and 500 free in high school and I just missed qualifying for district in the 500 by half a second."

Chevington Woods had seven competitors win two individual titles.

In the 13-14 group, Gracie Kane won the 50 backstroke (33.06) and 50 butterfly (31.58) and Joey Witosky won the 100 IM (1:13.31) and 50 breaststroke (34.91). In the 15-18 group, Kelly Mason won the 50 freestyle (28.83) and 50 fly (30.51) and Jason Matthews won the 100 IM (1:03.72) and 100 breast (1:08.45).

For boys 6-and-under, Jaron Schwartz set a meet record in the 25 back (23.2) and also won the 25 free (20.96). Ethan Bush won the 25 free (18.65) and 25 fly (23.5) in the boys 8-and-under. In the girls 9-10, Sydney Hopkins won the 100 IM (1:24.12) and 50 free (33.01).

Also winning individual titles in the older age groups were Abby Grube (15-18 girls, 100 breast, 1:17.66), Ryan Francis (boys 13-14, 50 free, 26.62), Lindsey Keaton (girls 11-12, 50 back, 35.37) and Wyatt Ross (boys 11-12, 50 breast, 37.5).

Andrew Taulbee won the boys 8-and-under 25 breast (27.54).

Chevington Woods had 185 athletes, Valley View had 128 and Huntington Hills had 113. In all divisions, there were 1,004 participants.

Morgan sets marks for Huntington Hills

Competing in the girls 13-14 group, Kelsey Morgan set league records in the 100 IM (1:06.94) and 50 breast (34.01) for Huntington Hills.

Andrew Martin won two events in the boys 15-18 group, setting a league record in the 50 fly (26.09). He won the 50 free in 24.11.

Brody Thompson won the 100 IM (1:34.95) and 25 back (18.98) in the boys 9-10 group.

Also winning individual titles were Jessie Sherry (girls 15-18, 100 back, 1:16.91), Grace Cherryhomes (girls 11-12, 50 free, 29.9) and Maddie Thrusher (girls 8-and-under, 25 back, 22.08).

Kavanaugh, Neff lead Valley View

Frank Kavanaugh set a meet record in the 25 free (14.99) and also won the 25 fly (16.91) in the boys 9-10 group for Valley View.

In the boys 13-14 group, Brian Neff won the 50 back (30.69) and 50 fly (28.41).

Matthew Doner, competing in the boys 15-18, won the 100 free (56.3). Olivia Schmelzer won the 50 free (28.07) in the girls 13-14 group.

Also winning was Morgan Cox in the girls 6-and-under 25 free (24.8).

Depth helps Dolphins capture championship

Host Canal Winchester had few wins, but was competitive across the board in winning the Division II title.

The 9-10 group provided three of the program's four wins. Gabriele Nervez won the boys 50 free (36.96), Madison Burris won the girls 25 back (20.5) and the girls won the 100 medley relay (1:20.02).

The other win was by the girls 13-14 200 free relay (1:57.98).

"It's fun competing and the team did well, but it's difficult to win events," said Grace Riddle, who finished third in the girls 13-14 50 free. "I dropped times in all my events. The best thing about the summer is being with family and friends and learning from coaches and parents. I have a brother and sister in this league, too, and my parents were never swimmers. It's a fun family thing."

In Division II, Pataskala had 99 participants, followed by Groveport (98), Canal Winchester (80), Baltimore (76) and Bexley (74).

Brust sets record to fuel Pataskala

Gabrielle Brust set a meet record in the 100 IM (1:09.94) in the girls 11-12 group and also won the 50 fly (30.74) to lead Pataskala.

"It's really fun, especially in the IM because I'm competing against good friends that I know from club," said Brust, a seventh-grader at Watkins Memorial. "It was a real close race. I'm excited about the future and I want to swim forever. My parents are hoping I can get a scholarship."

The other win in the older ages was the boys 11-12 200 free relay (2:12.82).

Ava Brust won the girls 8-and-under 25 free (18.22), Sarah Grundler won the girls 9-10 25 free (16.7) and Ava Dutton won the 25 back (29.98) for girls 6-and-under.

Bexley wins three individual titles

Competing in the girls 9-10 group, Ava Fortney won the 25 breast (18.53) for Bexley.

All three program wins were in the younger ages, as Anna Diffley was first in the girls 8-and-under 25 fly (22.14) and Isabel Niermeyer won the girls 6-and-under 25 breast (25.3).

Megan Niermeyer, a 2014 Bexley graduate who missed last season because of medical issues, still is trying to determine whether she will try out for the team at Miami University.

"They've seen my times and have asked me to try out, but it's a lot of commitment and I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet," said Niermeyer, a Division II district qualifier at Bexley as a junior. "I've been working on my arm-rate turnover and different strokes this summer."

Green, Tolbert win for Fighting Fish

Miaya Green, competing in the girls 15-18 age group, won the 100 free in 1:05.18 for Groveport's lone victory in the older ages.

Green, who attends Canal Winchester, said she went hard to the end.

"The girl that was leading, I sensed her slowing down some and I figured I could catch her and I did in maybe the last 10 yards," Green said. "I love the kids on this team, which is why I compete on this team in the summer."

Green was a district qualifier in the 100 fly and 100 back and was a member of the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay at Canal Winchester last season.

The other win for the Fighting Fish was by Morgan Tolbert in the girls 9-10 25 fly (17.32).

Division III teams total just three wins

Bryson Hauenstein won the boys 11-12 50 back (39.37) to lead Moundbuilders to its Division III title.

Gavin Lewis won the boys 8-and-under 25 back (24.12) and Henry Whitman won the 25 breast (21.58) in the boys 9-10 group.

Granville and Pickerington did not win an event.

Granville had 34 athletes, Moundbuilders had 58 and Pickerington had 59.

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