The three Dublin high school swimming and diving teams enter their respective OCC championships this weekend hoping to gain momentum for the postseason.

The three Dublin high school swimming and diving teams enter their respective OCC championships this weekend hoping to gain momentum for the postseason.

On Saturday, Jerome and Scioto will compete in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet at New Albany and Coffman will participate in the OCC-Central event at Worthington.

All three schools will compete in the diving portion of the championships Friday at the Dublin Recreation Center.

•The Jerome girls team has enjoyed success at the OCC meet in recent seasons, but coach Tyler Prose feels a lack of depth might hamper his teams' chances this season.

Last season, the girls finished second (222) behind Olentangy Liberty (333) and two years ago won the event.

"We have individual swimmers right now," Prose said. "The last two years it was geared more toward the team aspect, but this year we just don't have the numbers to compete with everyone else."

The Celtics lost to host New Albany 105-81 last Friday.

Claire Kozlowski was first in the 200 individual medley (2:21.55) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.78). Hayley Bratys won the 50 free (26.05) and 100 back (1:03.42).

Last season, the boys team tied Westerville South for fourth (167) behind first-place Olentangy (252) at the OCC-Cardinal meet.

Freshman Tanner Barton has emerged as a top swimmer. Among Barton's highlights is shattering the program record in the 100-yard butterfly (53.21) at the Ned Reeb Invitational on Jan. 9.

The Celtics lost to New Albany 123-59.

Jacob Moore won the 50 free (22.53) and 100 fly (55.51).

"We have a lot of kids really stepping up right now trying to take the leadership role," Prose said. "We're doing better now. We've had a lot of girls come out of their shells and swim really fast. That's always encouraging."

• Coffman coach Steven VonSchriltz expects perennial power Upper Arlington to again be the team to beat at the OCC-Central meet.

Last season, the boys team finished third (190) behind the first-place Golden Bears (443.5) and the girls were second (194) behind UA (538).

"Our goal is to do the best that we can," Coffman senior Kyle Bailey said. "We're not going to beat UA just because of the shear size of their team, so our goal is to get second in both the boys and the girls, and get as many individual wins as we can."

The Shamrocks celebrated Senior Day against visiting Pickerington North last Friday.

Swimmers Bailey, Lizzy Bryan and Hillary Knisley and diver Kaylyn Lambeck were recognized before the meet.

"Hillary has been to state three years in a row. Lizzy went last year for the first time and hopefully Kyle can go this year," VonSchriltz said. "All the seniors are good students and no problems whatsoever."

The Panthers boys team edged Coffman 95-89.

Bailey helped celebrate Senior Day by winning the 50 free (24.44).

"It's gone by really, really fast and I'm very excited about how much I've grown," Bailey said of his career. "When I started, I was a 1 minute, 20 seconds breaststroker. Now I'm down to a 1:03. I was a 1:10 freestyler, now I'm at a 52, so I've improved so much."

The Coffman girls beat North 107-73.

Nichole Gill was first in the 200 free (1:59.19) and 500 free (5:26.09), Knisley claimed first in the 50 free (25.68) and Lambeck was first in diving.

• Scioto coach Mike de Bear expects several of his swimmers to enjoy postseason success, led by Jacob Schuster and Kate McNeilis.

Both were recognized on Senior Day last Saturday before the meet against Bexley and Whetstone. Also recognized were Caitlin Harty, Katelyn Henry, Josh Leary and Natsuki Nakano.

"This is a very special day," Harty said. "I'm really sad that it's my last meet swimming here, but I think of all the memories I've had at the rec center. I'm going to miss the team a lot, especially Mike de Bear, who is such a great coach."

The Scioto boys defeated Whetstone 126-73 and Bexley 126-62, and the girls handled Whetstone 71-30 and Bexley 75-19.

Leary was first in the 50 (23.61) and 100 free (51.63), Nakano was first in the 200 IM (2:15.08) and 500 free (5:19.02), and Schuster took first in the 100 fly (53.31) and 100 back (52.78).

The three seniors led the girls. McNeilis won the 200 IM (2:10.26) and the 100 fly (58.63). Harty took first in the 50 (26.43) and 500 free (5:46.94) and Henry won the 100 breaststroke (1:13.72).

Last season, the boys team finished second (224) to Olentangy at the OCC-Cardinal meet and the girls were sixth (111) behind first-place Liberty.