First-year Reynoldsburg High School swimming and diving coach Stephanie Kiss still is getting to know the members of her teams, and they're doing the same with her.

First-year Reynoldsburg High School swimming and diving coach Stephanie Kiss still is getting to know the members of her teams, and they're doing the same with her.

She hopes everyone can agree on one thing, however - that it's time for the Raiders to earn their way back into the conversation in central Ohio.

"We're going to find out a lot starting (this) week," said Kiss, whose team opened Nov. 30 against Granville and competes in the Athens Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 3. "I jumped in head first. I asked all the swimmers what strokes they swam last year and started figuring things out from there."

Kiss, an eighth-grade teacher at Waggoner Junior High School who replaced two-year coach Susan Tonjes in July, competed on Worthington's 1989 state championship team and was an assistant coach at Columbus School for Girls from 2000-02 before taking time off to start a family.

"(Reynoldsburg athletics director) Jack (Purtell) encouraged me to interview. I had no intention to getting back into coaching," Kiss said. "The last few months have been nonstop. There's been a lot of building a program, scheduling, setting up meets, coordinating things with the parents and swimmers. And there's a lot of paperwork. Nov. 7 was the first day I could actually coach, so we're still figuring things out."

The girls team has 14 swimmers and the boys team has six. The Raiders lost only one member of last year's teams to graduation in Jessica Anderson, who was on the 200-yard freestyle relay that finished 28th (1 minute, 59.26 seconds) in the Division I district meet at Ohio State.

Anderson was joined on the relay by seniors Meghan Crawford and Sarah McCabe and sophomore Sara Kohs.

Also returning for the girls team are senior Rhea Eubanks, juniors Leah Sawyer and Victoria Suitor and sophomores Caitlyn Davis and Kaitlyn Hackney. Joining the team are freshmen Bethany Dresbach, Marisa Glusich, Sofia Jarrell, DrewAnne Maffett, Morgan McCafferty and Leah Svoboda.

The boys team returns senior Andrew Templeman, juniors Josh Dorsett and Connor Svoboda and sophomore Chad Kilpatrick.

Last season at district, Templeman was 22nd (5:13.22) in the 500 free and 26th (2:10.68) in the 200 individual medley, Dorsett was 30th (53.22) in the 100 free and Templeman and Dorsett teamed with Kilpatrick and Svoboda on the 200 medley relay that finished 24th (1:59.93) and the 200 free relay that was 25th (1:44.09).

Joining the boys team are sophomore D.J. Jenkins and freshmen Hayden Strattman and Devin Wooddell.

The boys team finished fifth (90 points) in the OCC-Ohio Division meet last season, behind Pickerington North (337), Gahanna (284), Grove City (190) and Lancaster (174), and ahead of Pickerington Central (26) and Newark (12).

The girls team finished seventh (60) in the league meet, behind North (354), Gahanna (225), Central (193), Grove City (178), Lancaster (133) and Newark (69).

Neither of the Raiders' teams scored at district.

That doesn't faze Kiss, who said she didn't pore over results from previous seasons.

"I want to get one relay to state," Kiss said. "We're setting our goals high. It gives them something to shoot for, and they don't want it any other way. Neither do I."

Reynoldsburg has advanced only two swimmers or divers to state since becoming a varsity program in 1995.

Justin Max qualified in both the 100 breaststroke and the 100 butterfly in 2006, finishing 11th and 18th, respectively. Beth Lindquist was a two-time state qualifier in diving, placing 17th in 2002 and 20th in 2003.

"The last two months have been all about building," Kiss said. "Who will be on the team? Whose work schedule won't let them be here? A big task for me was getting everybody on the same page. That's crucial to get everybody on board."