The Grove City High School boys swimming and diving team could have agonized over finishing just three points out of first in the OCC-Ohio Division meet Jan. 30 at Thomas Worthington.

The Grove City High School boys swimming and diving team could have agonized over finishing just three points out of first in the OCC-Ohio Division meet Jan. 30 at Thomas Worthington.

But short of the Greyhounds overtaking Pickerington North for league supremacy, assistant coach Matt Long glowed about his team's performances.

Kalvin Koethke won the 50-yard freestyle (21.14 seconds) and 100 free (46.76) to pace Grove City, which also got wins from Spencer Tussing in the 200 free (1:49.54) and 500 free (4:59.32).

The Greyhounds scored 258 points as the Panthers (261) won their sixth OCC-Ohio title in a row.

"We did exactly what we needed to do. I have no complaints," Long said. "Sure, we'd like to have (won) it. But we have to remember these meets are a great chance to swim fast and get used to a championship-type environment. During the year, it's very difficult to replicate this environment. This is the last chance we have as a team to be in a meet like this, to get fired up for each race, before the postseason."

Grove City also got wins from its 200 free relay (1:29.12), 200 medley relay (1:43.85) and 400 free relay (3:20.22), the last of which won by 13.27 seconds. Adam Stretch was second in the 100 free (51.59), Isaac Stretch was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.54), Logan Jordan was third in the 100 butterfly (58.83) and Ben Routh was third in the 50 free (23.35) and fourth in the 100 free (53.34).

Lancaster was third (230), followed by Pickerington Central (158), Gahanna (136), Reynoldsburg (114) and Newark (13).

The girls team scored 91 points and finished sixth behind Gahanna (396), North (306), Lancaster (154), Central (143) and Reynoldsburg (111) and ahead of Newark (31).

Olivia Jordan had the team's best finish, as she was third in the 100 backstroke (1:08.15).

Mallory Best was fourth in the 500 free (5:55.92) and sixth in the 200 free (2:15.98).

"This is a good litmus test training-wise, but more importantly, now we know where the kids are mentally," Long said.

The Greyhounds finish their regular season Saturday, Feb. 6, against Wellington at Columbus Aquatics Center.

Grove City will participate in a Division I sectional meet Feb. 13 at Upper Arlington. The winner of each event qualifies for district Feb. 20 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.

Comets teams place seventh in OCC-Central

Central Crossing's boys and girls teams both finished seventh in the OCC-Central meet Jan. 30 at Upper Arlington.

Led by Zach Francek's 11th-place finish in the 100 back (1:03.29), the boys team (50) finished behind UA (376), Olentangy Liberty (223), Hilliard Davidson (196), Dublin Coffman (189), Thomas (127) and Marysville (115).

Taner Smith was 15th in the 100 breast (1:15.53), and Warren Watson was 15th in the 200 individual medley (2:51.12).

Francek, Griffin Patterson, Smith and Evan Storts were on the Comets' top relay, the 200 medley that finished sixth (1:55.33).

The girls team (48) finished behind UA (467.5), Liberty (298.5), Thomas (154.5), Davidson (133), Coffman (117) and Marysville (69.5).

The top performer was Margaret Hover, who was 11th in the 500 free (6:02.45). Stephanie Wilhelm was 19th in both the 100 fly (1:21.46) and 200 IM (2:58.24).

The 400 free relay was sixth (4:39.15) with Katie Brewer, Mariah Casto, Hover and Lauren Lynn.

The league meet was the first of three consecutive weekends that the Comets will swim at UA. Central Crossing will participate in the Upper Arlington Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 6, before returning there for a Division I sectional Feb. 13.