The CCL meet was a reminder that although the season is winding down, there still is much to be determined for the Hartley High School swimming program.
"A lot of (the swimmers) were still really sore from some dry-land (conditioning) we did a couple days ago," coach Tony Phillips said. "I think we're getting closer to where we want to be."
The postseason begins for both teams Feb. 10 with a Division II sectional at Columbus Academy.
In the league meet Jan. 27 at St. Charles, the girls team finished third (266) behind Columbus School for Girls (386) and Watterson (325) and ahead of DeSales (111) and Ready (30), and the boys placed fourth (161) behind St. Charles (464), Watterson (225) and DeSales (179) and ahead of Ready (14).
Winning championships were Deanne Archambeau in the girls 100-yard butterfly (58.88 seconds) and Owen Kennedy in the boys 100 backstroke (58.24). Both made first-team all-league.
Kennedy added a fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.07).
"I felt like it was a pretty good day," Kennedy said. "It was an OK swim (in the 100 back). I still think I've not had a perfect swim yet, but it'll get better."
Also for the boys, Chad Kegelmayer placed third in the 200 free (2:01.24) and Thomas Mayhan took third in diving (243.45 points).
Archambeau added a third-place finish in the 50 free (25.58) and also swam on the runner-up 200 medley relay (1:53.54) with Olivia Bergmann, Mia Phillips and Cara Luallen and on the fourth-place 200 free relay (1:44.12) with Luallen, Kayla Williams and Maggie Phillips.
Mia Phillips was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.18) and added a fourth-place finish in the 200 individual medley (2:23.87).
Bergmann placed third in both the 100 back (1:02.62) and 100 fly (1:01.31), Williams finished fourth in the 100 free (57.35) and the 400 free relay of Bergmann, Stephany Aeling, Maggie Phillips and Williams took third (3:55.96).
Boys basketball team moving forward
With the CCL title likely out of reach after its 65-59 overtime loss to Ready on Jan. 26, the boys basketball team has a little more than three weeks to prepare for what should be a challenging Division II district tournament.
The Hawks were fourth in last week's area coaches poll, behind Beechcroft, Eastmoor Academy and Columbus South. Beechcroft and Eastmoor were third and seventh, respectively, in last week's state poll.
Hartley is 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the CCL. The Hawks also lost to Ready 68-48 on Dec. 15 when three key players were missing because of injuries or illness.
In the rematch, senior guard Garrett Tipton had 23 points, junior forward Morgan Safford scored 15 and junior post player Payton Collins scored 10 in a game that was tight throughout.
"We've got three guys who we've got to have on the floor at all times, and that's Morgan, Garrett and Payton," coach Randy Kortokrax said.
Girls basketball team in hunt for CCL title
The girls basketball team will play host to Watterson on Thursday, Feb. 1, with sole possession of first place in the CCL on the line.
The Hawks beat Ready 76-43 on Jan. 25 to improve to 4-1 in the league. That same night, the Eagles lost to DeSales 35-32 to drop to 4-1 in the CCL.
On Jan. 11, Hartley led host Watterson 24-19 at halftime but was outscored 16-9 in the fourth quarter and lost 44-38.
Senior guard Kennedy Taylor had 19 points to lead the Hawks, while sophomore guard Paige Woodford and senior guard Lainey Billing scored 13 and 10, respectively, for the Eagles.
Hartley was 12-4 overall before playing Hilliard Bradley on Jan. 29. Watterson is 12-6 overall.
Junior guard Israel Strickland likes the steps the Hawks have been taking since the loss to the Eagles.
"We're sharing the ball well and everybody's getting their looks," Strickland said.
"We're making sure everybody is getting the good shots they need. We had a couple girls transfer (to another school during the offseason), so a couple of us have had to step it up a little bit. Last year, I was still kind of a main ball-handler, but this year I've had to help out more."
Below are the coming schedules for the Hartley boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 2 -- Home vs. DeSales. The Hawks beat the Stallions 59-55 on Dec. 22.
Feb. 6 -- At Grove City Christian
*Feb. 1 -- Home vs. Watterson. The Hawks lost to the Eagles 44-38 on Jan. 11.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 2 -- At St. Charles with Bexley and Columbus School for Girls
Feb. 3 -- Bender Duals at Caledonia River Valley
Feb. 7 -- Home vs. Logan, Watkins Memorial and West Jefferson