Knowing what was at stake, New Albany Country Club and Scioto Country Club swimmers of all ages took turns crowding around a whiteboard on which results were posted as the Private Country Club Athletic League championships wound down July 11 at Ohio State.

Knowing what was at stake, New Albany Country Club and Scioto Country Club swimmers of all ages took turns crowding around a whiteboard on which results were posted as the Private Country Club Athletic League championships wound down July 11 at Ohio State.

New Albany was seeking its seventh consecutive league title dating to its time in the Country Club Swim League, and second in a row in the PCCAL. Scioto hadn't won since 2009.

"This is the fall of an empire," one New Albany swimmer said, smiling.

He ended up being correct, although the Penguins put up a fight. They erased most of a 370-point deficit halfway through the meet and won an event-high 22 races but finished behind Scioto in three of the final five races as the Sharks amassed 3,693.5 points to finish ahead of New Albany (3,530.5), The Lakes (2,692.5), Worthington Hills (1,554.5), The Country Club at Muirfield Village (1,376) and Brookside (868).

"We usually come out below (New Albany) because they have a lot more kids than us, but we always knew we could get it one of these years," the Sharks' Avery Catalano said. "We thought we could do it. We have talent spread across a lot of areas."

Hannah Caldwell won the girls 15-and-older 50-meter breaststroke in a meet-record 33.92 seconds and finished first in the 50 backstroke (31.72) to help pace 14 wins for Scioto. Ben Campbell set meet records in the boys 9-10 25 butterfly (16.21) and 50 freestyle (31.71) and won the 25 back (17.13).

"We have a lot of young swimmers who boosted us forward, and we have a lot of strong older kids who did their part," Caldwell said. "It was nice to end (New Albany's) six-year sweep. We have put in a lot of effort this season and it showed."

Scioto clinched the victory by winning the 200 free relays for the girls 9-10 (2:30.65) and girls 15-and-older (2:01.35) age groups, and finishing second in the boys 15-and-older (1:47.08).

"We are used to being a little ahead and having New Albany track us down, and this year, because of a wonderful team effort, we did not let that happen," Sharks coach Tim Bridgham said. "There are some excellent swimmers in this league. It does not surprise me how fast this meet was (17 meet records were set). We have developed our older swimmers, a lot of whom go on and swim year-round, and it is great to have people back who know how to compete at this level and score high."

Other winners for Scioto were Emmy Campbell in the girls 9-10 25 back (18.56), Abigail Stelzer in the girls 8-and-younger 25 breast (23.84) and 25 fly (20.8), Antonio Ventresca in the boys 13-14 50 free (26.76), the boys 8-and-younger 100 medley relay (1:28.08), the girls 8-and-younger 100 medley relay (1:27.06) and the girls 15-and-older 200 medley relay (2:33.67).

Ventresca also was second in the 50 fly (30.7) and third in the 50 breast (35.25).

Donley, Lachey lead New Albany

New Albany swimmers set eight records, including Miranda Donley in the girls 15-and-older 50 fly (28.61).

Donley, a senior at Columbus School for Girls who tied for 123rd in the 50 free at the 2016 Olympic Swimming Trials on July 2 in Omaha, Nebraska, also won that event (26.57) on July 11.

"I felt great through the (50 fly). My underwater is coming back and that propelled me through," said Donley, who listed Florida, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Tennessee as her top college choices. "The Olympic Trials were a really cool experience. It is fun to do a meet like this and be with all of your friends and still swim fast. You can have fun and relax here, but race at the same time."

Ava Lachey set meet records in the girls 11-12 50 back (31.37) and 50 free (27.99) and won the 50 fly (30.7). Mia Lachey won the girls 13-14 50 free (27.98).

Collin Morr won the boys 9-10 25 breast in 19.74, smashing his own record in the event from last year by 1.71 seconds.

Olivia Bergmann set a record in the girls 13-14 50 back (31.17).

Other individual winners for the Penguins were Alex Arlin in the boys 13-14 50 breast (33.91), Jimmy Lapsley in the boys 13-14 50 back (30.3), Ashlyn Morr in the girls 9-10 25 fly (15.75) and 50 free (32.08), Rohan Thung in the boys 7-8 25 free (19.08) and Emma Yakam in the girls 11-12 50 breast (meet-record 38.5).

New Albany's relay wins came in the boys 8-and-younger 100 free (1:23.57), boys 9-10 100 medley (1:16.85), boys 9-10 200 free (2:22.9), girls 9-10 100 medley (1:13.65), girls 11-12 200 free (2:05.11), girls 11-12 200 medley (meet-record 2:14.11), boys 13-14 200 free (1:58.76) and boys 13-14 200 medley (meet-record 2:02.6).

Balanced effort paces The Lakes

Pierce Bateman, Brady McInerney and Nick Ward each won three events to lead The Lakes.

Bateman won the boys 7-8 25 back (20.01), 8-and-younger 25 breast (24.75) and 8-and-younger 25 fly (meet-record 20.72). McInerney was champion of the boys 11-12 50 breast (37.34), 50 fly (30.98) and 50 free (28.49), and Ward won the boys 15-and-older 50 back (27.21), 50 fly (25.88) and 50 free (23.34).

Nick Eramo won the boys 15-and-older 50 breast (31.23), Mitchell List won the boys 13-14 50 fly (30.29) and the boys 15-and-older 200 medley relay set a meet record of 1:49.91.

Other winners were the boys 11-12 200 free relay (2:17.09), boys 11-12 200 medley relay (2:23.28) and boys 15-and-older 200 free relay (1:44.77).

Montooth leads Worthington Hills

Elise Montooth won the girls 7-8 25 free (18.14), was second in the 8-and-younger 25 breast (25.26) and was on the winning 100 free relay (1:18.78) to pace Worthington Hills.

Kate Campbell won the girls 7-8 25 back (22.17).

Ella Flores, Libby Held and Claire Renneker rounded out the 100 free relay.

Three record swims pace Muirfield

Hannah Bailey set meet records in the girls 13-14 50 breast (34.49) and 50 fly (29.51), breaking her own mark in the former, to lead Muirfield.

Bailey set the previous 50 breast record of 35.78 last year.

She also was on the 200 medley relay that set a meet record of 2:10.29 with Brogan Gehring, Ella Johnson and Caitlyn Laycock. The same group also won the 200 free relay (1:59.87).

Hollingsworth, Kennedy lead Brookside

Hayden Hollingsworth won the girls 9-10 25 breast in a meet-record 20.45 and also finished third in the 50 free (35.89) and fourth in the 25 back (19.68) for Brookside.

Grant Kennedy won the boys 11-12 50 back (32.51) and was second in the 50 fly (31.47) and 50 free (29.61).

Maureen Cummins was second in the girls 15-and-older 50 free (28.15).

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