Swim and Racquet swimming coach Lauren Wallace thought nothing less than a full-scale onslaught at the Suburban Swim Club League meet would be enough to recapture the title from two-time defending champion Hilliard.
Wallace got exactly what she wanted and more July 11 at Adventure Park Pool in Powell, as four individual wins each from Grant Kennedy and Kendra Sheehan, eight relay victories and 12 swimmers with at least one victory powered the Seadogs to 3,454.5 points and first place for the first time since 2014.
"I knew I needed a lot of people to get here," said Wallace, who estimated she had about 150 swimmers competing. "Especially in the older division, we were lights-out. We were strategic in where we placed certain swimmers. It was about where they could score for the team."
The Marlins, who were within 9.5 points of Swim and Racquet after 11-and-older competition concluded in the morning session, fell behind during 10-and-younger action in the afternoon and finished with 3,036 points, ahead of the Olentangy Tornadoes (1,670.5), Annehurst Piranhas (1,347) and Grandview Gators (1,227).
Sheehan won the girls 15-18 100-yard individual medley (1 minute, 10.96 seconds), 50 backstroke (32.55), 50 butterfly (31.55) and 50 freestyle (29.41). Sheehan said she fell about .3 of a second shy of the 50 back record owned by her older sister, Erin, a sophomore swimmer at Notre Dame.
"She was really the one that used to beat me, so now that she is gone I figured I could actually win all of my events now," Kendra Sheehan said. "We have a competitive side to us. We are always going back-and-forth. She is still basically here because I can text her and let her know my times and finishes."
Kennedy, who also swims for Brookside Country Club and Upper Arlington Swim Club, won the boys 11-12 100 IM (1:07.93), 50 back (31.26), 50 breaststroke (37.32) and 50 free (28.44).
"I don't have a favorite event. I like everything," Kennedy said. "I am a distance swimmer so I am not a big fan of the 50 (-yard races), but that's how this goes. They go too quick. You really don't get your pace in, the pace you want to go. But doing well (in this meet) tells me I am getting better at doing this kind of stuff and I'm able to thrive in different situations."
Riley Huddleston was a three-time winner, taking titles in the girls 13-14 100 IM (1:10.43), 50 fly (30.36) and 50 free (28.09).
Other individual winners were McCall Freiburger in the girls 9-10 25 breast (18.55) and 50 free (33.06), Robbie Campbell in the boys 8-and-younger 25 back (23.11), Audrey Ebel in the girls 8-and-younger 25 breast (25.09), Oliver Hulse in the boys 9-10 25 breast (18.18), Joe Miller in the boys 11-12 50 fly (34.71), Edward Oakley in the boys 8-and-younger 25 breast (25.92), Reed Ray in the boys 15-18 50 breast (33.19), Kyle Stephan in the boys 9-10 25 back (18.9) and Caroline Ubert in the girls 11-12 50 back (35.77).
Swim and Racquet also won the boys 8-and-younger 100 free (1:28.5), girls 8-and-younger 100 free (1:25.49), girls 8-and-younger 100 medley (1:40.68), boys 9-10 100 medley (1:15.07), girls 9-10 200 free (2:21.75), boys 11-12 200 medley (2:30.22), girls 13-14 200 medley (2:08.59) and boys 15-18 200 free (1:50.47) relays.
Patrick Pema and Zoe Wolfe each won three individual events to pace Hilliard, which almost overtook Swim and Racquet on the strength of its relays.
Pema won the boys 15-18 50 back (29.33), 50 fly (27.55) and 50 free (25.53). Wolfe won the girls 11-12 100 IM (1:13.42), 50 fly (31.48) and 50 free (30.83).
Coach Jeff Williams credited Pema's success to a full-steam-ahead approach. During the Division I high school state meet in February, Pema was on two third-place relays for St. Charles and also finished seventh in the 100 back and 15th in the 200 free.
"Patrick is just full of talent," Williams said. "When he swims, he deserves whatever he gets because he trains so hard. Today was no surprise. A lot of times with club swimmers, they are used to doing much longer events so when they come in, they are just racing. Patrick is a racer. That's all you can ask for. He will always race."
Mason Peck added wins in the boys 13-14 100 IM (1:08.98) and 50 free (28.08).
Hilliard's other winners were Braden Bower in the boys 13-14 50 back (33.38), Addison Daugherty in the girls 8-and-younger 25 fly (20.31), Henry Drewes in the boys 8-and-younger 25 fly (21.03), Casey Maruniak in the boys 13-14 50 breast (37.15) and Jake Wood in the boys 9-10 50 free (34.06).
The Marlins won six relays -- the boys 8-and-younger 100 medley (2:03.71), boys 11-12 200 free (2:17.98), girls 11-12 200 medley (2:25.95), boys 13-14 200 free (2:13.25), boys 13-14 200 medley (2:08.23) and girls 13-14 200 free (2:16.58).
All six of Olentangy's wins came from its 10-and-younger swimmers, and the Tornadoes came from fifth place after the morning session to finish third overall.
Annabel Long won the girls 9-10 25 back (18.71) and 25 fly (16.28) to pace Olentangy.
The Tornadoes also got wins from Ava Cook in the girls 8-and-younger 25 back (23.61), Lucy Rhoten in the girls 8-and-younger 25 free (18.14), Justin Sebert in the boys 8-and-younger 25 free (16.81) and the girls 9-10 100 medley relay (1:21.71).
Six second-place relays and two third-place individual finishes padded Olentangy's point total.
Gwen Stacey won the girls 11-12 50 breast (39.09) and Maeve Stacey captured the girls 13-14 50 breast (36.59) to pace Annehurst, which also had four individual runner-up finishes and three second-place relays.
Caleb Baker was second in the boys 15-18 100 IM (1:06.22), Luke Gutman was runner-up in the boys 13-14 50 breast (38.15), Jack Secrest was second in the boys 11-12 50 back (37.89) and Roan Stacey finished second in the 9-10 25 breast (21.2).
Runner-up relays were the boys 13-14 200 medley (2:31.16), girls 15-18 200 free (2:15.15) and girls 15-18 200 medley (2:38.97).
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Four of Grandview's six wins came from relays.
The Gators won the girls 11-12 200 free (2:24.68), girls 15-18 200 free (2:07.96), boys 15-18 200 medley (2:05.92) and girls 15-18 200 medley (2:22.34) relays.
Individually, Charlie Ferguson was boys 15-18 100 IM (1:04.29) and Allison Purdum won the girls 15-18 50 breast (38.34).