Aaron Rothchild always is ready to feel the pain.

Aaron Rothchild always is ready to feel the pain.

The senior for the Bexley High School boys swimming and diving team knows that getting better involves a bit of discomfort.

It's something he doesn't shy away from since he also runs cross country and distance events in track and field.

"Who can hurt the most is ... what cross country is all about, and swimming is similar," Rothchild said. "Maybe I'll do a triathlon later because it involves both, and I love pushing myself. It's something I enjoy."

Rothchild and Wade Randle are the only two seniors on the 12-member boys team. The two compete together on the 200-yard medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

On Jan. 14 in the Northridge Viking Splash at New Albany, they joined Benjy Davis and David Tugend on the sixth-place 200 medley relay (2 minutes, 0.5 of a second) and competed with Ghozaly Ghiandi and Jack Zwick on the eighth-place 200 free relay (1:50.41).

Rothchild also was eighth in the 100 butterfly (1:04.77) and 10th in the 100 free (57.68).

Bexley finished ninth (123 points) behind champion Watkins Memorial (322) as 16 teams scored. The girls team finished fifth (203) behind champion Grandview (311) as 18 teams scored.

"I had the flu a couple of days during (winter) break when we do a lot of our conditioning and that has set me back a little," Rothchild said. "I'm not where I want to be right now, but I'll keep working to get where I need to be."

Rothchild's best performance in the 100 fly is 1:00.08. He has finished in 54.99 in the 100 free and 24.74 in the 50 free.

"Aaron doesn't swim year-round because of other sports," coach Sandy Sliwowski said. "He gets better as the season goes along. He has bought into what we want to do, especially in the dry-land workouts and other things.

"Aaron also has been a four-year swimmer for us and is great at working with the younger swimmers. He has an essence about him. People are drawn to his personality. He has a good vibe."

Rothchild was a district qualifier last winter in the 100 breaststroke and 100 fly.

"We have a small team and we have some kids sick and others who are injured, so we have been doing what we can," Rothchild said.

"I like the variety and I like being part of a team. I like the team atmosphere and rooting on my teammates."

Rothchild said he won't be running or swimming competitively in college, but they are lifestyle sports "that I can do throughout my lifetime."

In addition to competing in a triathlon, he's intrigued with the idea of participating in a world marathon challenge.

"I saw it on TV and it looked like something that would be fun to try," he said.

"You run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. You run one and hop on a plane and go to the next one. That's something I'd do."

Boys basketball team
playing inconsistently

Coach Todd Phillips couldn't explain the woes the boys basketball team has experienced on recent Saturdays.

The Lions led Columbus Academy by 13 at halftime and seven after three quarters, but scored only two points in the fourth in a 39-37 loss Jan. 7 in MSL-Ohio Division play.

After defeating London 65-58 on Jan. 10 in league play, Bexley never got on track during a 52-28 league loss at Grandview on Jan. 14.

"I was stunned by our look (against Grandview). ... We were very vacant. We were lifeless," said Phillips, whose team is 5-6 overall and 3-3 in the MSL-Ohio. "We didn't have a good practice (Jan. 13), and I should have saw this coming."

Simon Kroos led the Lions with 11 points against Grandview.

Against London, Ashton Lusiak had 23 points with seven 3-pointers to lead four players in double figures. Kroos had 13 points, Ryan Callahan scored 11 and Hank Snowden added 10.

Girls basketball team
wins three in a row

The girls basketball team continues its improvement in January, having won three consecutive games entering an MSL-Ohio contest Jan. 17 against Whitehall.

The Lions were 6-7 overall and 2-4 in the league before playing the Rams. They were 3-2 in January.

Bexley defeated Bloom-Carroll 40-36 on Jan. 11 as Emma Dressel scored 11 points and Amanda Frey added 10.

Maddy Vincent led with 15 points as the Lions defeated Watkins Memorial 39-27 on Jan. 13.

"We're playing better," said coach Joshua Price, whose team also defeated Academy 40-29 on Jan. 7 in league play. "We had a big win against Bloom-Carroll, which is a pretty good team, and also (against) a Division I team like Watkins Memorial."