The Thomas Worthington High School girls swimming and diving team returned all but one of seven swimmers who competed in the Division I state meet last season when the Cardinals scored 47 points to tie for 13th behind champion Upper Arlington (300.5).
So expectations should be high when the Cardinals begin the postseason Feb. 9 in their home pool, as host to a 12-team sectional.
The winner of each event qualifies for the district meet Feb. 16 at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths will be awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until the district meet.
Last season, Thomas scored 262 points in the 13-team home sectional to finish ahead of runner-up Delaware (213).
The Cardinals, who play host to Worthington Kilbourne and Watterson in their regular-season finale Friday, Feb. 1, finished second in the home OCC-Central Division meet held Jan. 26.
Thomas (241) finished behind UA (452) and ahead of Olentangy Liberty (185), Dublin Coffman (182), Hilliard Davidson (115), Central Crossing (52) and Marysville (48).
Sophomore Kaylee Witkiewiez won the 50-yard freestyle (24.73 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (59.05). Senior Maren Reeder won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.75) and teammate Julia Valentine was second (1:10.06).
The 200 medley relay won in 1:49.97 and the 400 free relay was second in 3:43.46.
Thomas boys take third in league
The Thomas boys team finished third (214) in the OCC-Central meet behind UA (428) and Liberty (229) and ahead of Coffman (200), Davidson (96), Marysville (72) and Central Crossing (51).
The Cardinals also will compete in their home sectional. Last season, Thomas placed third (183) behind New Albany (254) and Kilbourne (195).
In the league meet, senior Anton Teufel won the 100 free (49.61) and was second in the 50 free (22.43). Senior Trenton Harper was second in the 100 breast (1:01.26) and third in the 200 individual medley (2:03.89). Senior Mason Zurovchak was runner-up in the 100 butterfly (55.16).
The Cardinals also were second in both the 200 free relay (1:30.66) and 200 medley relay (1:42.20), and third in the 400 free relay (3:46.7).
Kilbourne boys finish fifth in league
The Kilbourne boys team finished fifth in the OCC-Cardinal meet Jan. 26 at Thomas.
Dublin Jerome (226) won and was followed by Hilliard Darby (195), Westerville South (187), Westerville Central (166), the Wolves (153), Westerville North (144), Dublin Scioto (143) and Hilliard Bradley (26).
Kilbourne will conclude the regular season Friday, Feb. 1, against Watterson and host
Thomas and compete in the Thomas sectional.
In the league meet, sophomore Justin Jiang was second in the 100 breast (1:07.2) and junior Tanner Atha was runner-up in diving (373.45 points).
The 200 medley relay finished third (1:44.28).
Wachtel, Rubadue win league titles
The Kilbourne girls finished fifth in the OCC-Cardinal meet and two Wolves captured individual titles.
Sophomore Jackie Wachtel won the 100 breast (1:09.29) and classmate Rachel Rubadue won diving (483.05).
The Wolves scored 141 points to finish behind champion Jerome (341), Central (209), North (199) and Scioto (150) and ahead of Darby (135) and South (126). Bradley didn't score.
Kilbourne will compete in the Thomas sectional, where they were 10th (42) a year ago.