After the Tri-County Aquatic League championships were interrupted by weather the past two seasons at Canal Winchester Municipal Pool, the league's board proposed a change and the teams voted to switch venues.
That was a good thing, as bad weather on the second day of the event July 21 would have delayed or canceled the 10-and-under portion of the meet.
Instead, the meet went off like clockwork at Denison University.
That didn't change the annual outcome, as the Chevington Woods Kingfish won their 13th consecutive title.
"Our kids are excited to swim here in a big venue," coach Kevin Yates said. "It's a nice facility, a fast pool and they get to see their names on the board in lights. It's something very neat for the kids who aren't swimming in high school to compete in a facility like this."
Chevington Woods won 30 of the 77 events and was particularly strong in relays, winning 11 of 13. The Kingfish also set seven of the 13 league records that were established.
As usual, the teams were divided into three divisions based on roster size. Ages 11-and-older competed July 20.
The Kingfish totaled 805.5 points to win in Division I, finishing ahead of the Huntington Hills Froggers (411), Valley View Gators (395), Bexley Marlins (367.5), Pataskala Porpoises (336.5) and Pickerington Tiger Sharks (313).
In Division II, the Moundbuilders Piranhas (280) won ahead of the Groveport Fighting Fish (234), Baltimore Sea Lions (139) and Canal Winchester Dolphins (124).
In Division III, the Granville Stingrays (92) finished ahead of first-year league members Muskingum Makos (64) and Johnstown-Northridge Jaguars (60.5).
Jason Mathews was part of four wins and three records in the boys 18U division for the Kingfish. He set a record in the 100-yard individual medley (51.32 seconds) and also won the 100 backstroke (53.26). He joined Nathen Eberhardt, Ryan Francis and Nathan Campbell on the 200 medley relay (1:38.72) and 200 freestyle relay (1:29.37), both of which set league marks.
Janessa Mathews, like her brother, set a record in the 100 IM (59.74) in girls 18U. She also won the 100 breaststroke (1:04.55) and joined Emily Borchers, Lindsey Keaton and Abby Grube on the record-setting 200 free relay (1:41.64).
Rounding out the boys 18U group, Francis won the 50 free (22.76).
Also setting league marks for the Kingfish were the boys 12U 200 medley relay (2:03.17) of Braden Hopkins, Marcus Schwartz, Jaron Schwartz and Aidan Eberhardt and the girls 14U 200 medley relay (1:54.36) of Sydney Hopkins, Lily Muszynski, Rylee Kreinbrink and Cosette Persall.
"We had some kids missing at other meets, so the special story (July 20) for us was that Jaron is 9 and he moved up to compete with his brother in the 11-12 200 medley relay and they won, plus they set a league record," Yates said. "Overall, we had 90 percent time drops and our older kids had an outstanding day."
Competing in 14U boys, Brett Eberhardt won the 50 free (23.93) and 50 breast (30.43), joined Tyler Brunelle, Sam LeMay and Williams Borchers to win the 200 medley relay (1:58.97) and joined Borchers, LeMay and Gavin Mumma to win the 200 free relay (1:47.79).
Rounding out the 14U girls, Kreinbrink won the 100 IM (1:02.58) and 50 free (25.44), Emma Simone won the 50 butterfly (29.45), Sydney Hopkins won the 50 back (32.63) and the 200 free relay of Hopkins, Muszynski, Simone and Persall finished first (1:47.01).
In 12U boys, Marcus Schwartz won the 50 breast (31.86), Braden Hopkins won the 50 back (29.59) and the 200 free relay of Hopkins, Aidan Eberhardt, Jaron Schwartz and Marcus Schwartz was first (1:52.44). In 12U girls, Elizabeth Bush won the 50 back (32.63) and joined Eva-Jolie Persall, Kyleigh Bryant and Keira Bryant on both the winning 200 medley relay (2:15.07) and 200 free relay (2:01.18).
In boys 10U, Andrew Taulbee won the 100 IM (1:21.32), Ethan Mumma won the 25 fly (15.92) and both joined Ethan Bush and Vincent Mampieri on the winning 100 medley relay (1:10.62) and 100 free relay (1:02.32). In boys 8U, Max Hermann won the 25 fly (22.4).
lead Huntington Hills
Huntington Hills captured six titles, including three in 18U girls.
Grace Cherryhomes won the 50 free (25.5), Caitlin McCluskey won the 100 free (56.48) and both joined Kate McKinley and Kelsey Morgan on the winning 200 medley relay (1:55.66).
Other winners were Conner Daniel in the boys 14U 100 IM (1:04.2), Natasha Spivak in the girls 12U 50 breast (35.7) and Jackson Turnbull in the 10U 25 free (14.6).
"Every swimmer we had in the 11-and-older group had at least one season-best time and the younger kids have maintained that trend," coach Andrew Martin said. "Our goal coming in was to fight off the other teams for second place behind Chevington (Woods)."
Competing in boys 8U, Dax Sabo led Valley View.
Sabo won the 25 fly (20.59) and joined R.J. Carpenter, Hunter Metz and Carter Russell to win both the 100 medley relay (1:28.7) and 100 free relay (1:18.84).
Joanna Hildebrand was first in the girls 12U 50 free (27.71) and Addison Westbrooks won the girls 10U 25 breast (18.59).
Bexley finished first in 14 events, easily the second most in the meet.
The Marlins got two individual wins from Ayden Fortney in boys 8U. He won the 25 free in a record 17.33 and the 25 breast (24.67).
In girls 8U, Kathryn Diffley won the 25 back (20.26) and joined Mabyn Evans, Hayden Harpe and Hadley Langolf on the winning 200 medley relay (1:19.08) and 100 free relay (1:10.85). Evans won the 25 breast (23.54).
In girls 10U, Mille Evans won the 100 IM (1:19.4) and was on the winning 100 free relay (league-record 57.84) and 100 medley relay (1:06.43) with Anja Hoy, Elena Snyder and Owynn Lafollette. Hoy won the 50 free (29.85).
In girls 6U, Ruby Dillion was first in the 25 free (22.42) and Miriam Schrimpf won the 25 back (25.62).
Rounding out the Marlins winners were Eli Dresbach in the boys 12U 100 IM (1:08.95) and Ava Fortney in the girls 14U 50 breast (32.08).
"This has been a tremendous meet for us," coach Sandy Sliwowski said. "All of our kids have been dropping times and what I like about our group is they are so supportive for their teammates."
Gabrielle Brust and Ava Dutton led the charge for Pataskala.
Brust set a league record in the girls 18U 50 fly (25.86) and also won the 100 back (1:01.77).
Competing in girls 8U, Dutton won the 25 free (14.97) and 25 fly (16.42).
"We always talk about swimming our best at the end of the summer season and I think we did that," coach John Jarvis said. "We had a lot of great times and the kids were rewarded for their commitment. Whether they won races or not, they all improved a bunch. I thought Gabby Brust, Ava Dutton and Abby Jarvis all had tremendous meets."
Tiger Sharks led by
Emily Schiele and Trace Eberhardt both won two individual titles for Pickerington.
Schiele set a league record in the 10U 25 back (15.96) and also won the 25 fly (14.05).
Competing in boys 18U, Eberhardt won the 100 free (48.85) and 50 fly (24.04). He also joined Kolya Larson, Cara Luallen and Joseph Held on the first-place 18U mixed 200 free relay (1:38.63).
Wyatt Julian won the boys 10U 25 back (17.14).
Avery Koester won the girls 12U 100 IM (1:11.79) and was runner-up in the 50 breast (37.41) while Olivia Lewis won the girls 10U 25 free (14.03) and was second in the 50 free (31.34) to lead Moundbuilders to the Division II title.
In girls 8U, Ivy Miller, Sydney Lauffer, Lily Hyslop and Addison Laidlaw-Smith placed second in both the 100 medley relay (1:22.49) and 100 free relay (1:11.69). Miller also was second in the 25 back (20.42).
"We were dropping time everywhere," first-year coach Carrie Golden said. "This meet proves to the kids that if they do their best, have fun and challenge themselves that they can continue to drop times. Hopefully that inspires all of them to continue swimming and build on what they did this year."
Fighting Fish fueled
by Hamilton, 10U girls
Peyton Hamilton won the boys 18U 100 breast (1:02.9) and was second in the 100 IM (57.38) for Groveport. Spencer Keane was runner-up in the 100 breast (1:03.08).
Also winning for the Fighting Fish were Braeden Lehrman in the boys 14U 50 back (31.53) and Sydney Chandler in the girls 12U 50 fly (30.81).
In girls 10U, Ava Dyer was second in the 100 IM (1:23.55), Carley Monhollen was second in the 25 breast (19.74) and both joined Emma Hamilton and Maya Keane on the runner-up 100 medley relay (1:07.01).
"We saw amazing time drops," coach Kasey Pastor said. "They did excellent racing and had great finishes. They need to recognize that all of their work showed up in the championships."
Sea Lions boast
Baltimore won three events, including two from Quinn Chaney in the boys 6U. He won the 25 free (23.43) and 25 back (24.2).
Mace Landon won the boys 14U 50 fly (27.8).
Dolphins led by
Canal Winchester had a pair of two-event winners.
In 12U boys, Gabrielle Nervez set a league record in the 50 fly (27.83) and won the 50 free (25.52).
In 10U boys, Richard Olger won the 25 breast (18.85) and 50 free (33.53).
"I think our kids did very well in their first meet indoors," coach Crystal Dortch said. "We had so many time drops and also set a league record, so it's been a great meet for us. I love all of the kids getting an opportunity to swim in a venue like this. There were so many positives."
12 top-five finishes
Granville had 12 top-five finishes to help win the Division III title.
None of the Division III teams won an event.
Competing in boys 14U, Michael Donelan was second in the 50 fly (28.5) and third in the 50 free (26.92).
In 10U boys, Joseph Couzins was third in the 50 free (34.66), 25 back (18.8) and 25 fly (18.04). In girls 10U, Lydia Sturgeon was third in the 50 free (31.72) and Malana Sturgeon was fifth in the 100 IM (1:28.3) and 50 free (33.64).
In 18U, Hannah Sturgeon was fifth in the girls 100 back (1:11.39) and Cole Mitchell was fifth in the boys 100 IM (1:02.25).
In girls 8U, Happy Rhoton was fourth in the 25 fly (18.94) and joined Audrey Wurm, Annabell Bergeron and Maura Brownlee on the third-place 100 free relay (1:19.08).
"All of them shaved times and I thought the Sturgeons were excellent, along with (Donelan) and (Couzins) and just all of them," coach Melissa Gilbert said. "You know, I was on the fence about having this indoors, but now I think it was a great decision. It not only saves you from the lightning and rain, but it keeps the sun from beating down on all of the competitors, coaches and meet officials.
"It was a bit packed. I was thinking one of the team names should be sardines instead of Stingrays and Froggers and things like that. But that was the only drawback."
Holmes, Hawk take
second for Makos
Hansel Holmes was second in the boys 12U 100 IM (1:11.92) and third in the 50 fly (30.26) for Muskingum.
The Makos also had a runner-up finish from Leila Hawk in the 8U girls 25 breast (23.62).
Jaguars led by effort
from 14U boys
Johnstown-Northridge was led by its 14U boys.
Viktor Mertz, Aidan Calhoun, William Holt and Jackson Rahde placed fourth in the 200 medley relay (2:16.23) and Rahde, Holtz and Mertz were on the fourth-place 200 free relay (2:01.22) with Logan Chalfant.
Mertz was fifth in the 50 back (34.42), and Calhoun was fifth in the 50 breast (36.25).
Quinn Love, Alex Rahde, Audrey Holt and Olesya Mertz were fifth in the 18U girls 200 free relay (1:59.56).
"We're so happy to be a part of this," coach Rachel Furr said. "We had a lot of heat winners and the kids are excited. We're a first-year team and I coach at Northridge and we wanted to start a feeder program. This league has been great to us and I hope we continue to get more kids in our area involved."