With one of the largest girls rosters in his 21 seasons as Hartley High School swimming and diving coach, Tony Phillips has had to juggle which competitors to place in which events.
The positive of the situation is the Hawks have more depth than a year ago.
On Jan. 28 at Columbus School for Girls, Hartley finished third in the CCL meet, as it did last year, but this time with 54 more points as it scored 269 to place behind the host Unicorns (404) and Watterson (310) and ahead of DeSales (135) and Ready (16).
"Our girls squad is probably the largest we've ever fielded," Phillips said. "Most coaches would say, 'What a nice problem to have,' but it doesn't come without its challenges. The large numbers help create more competitive practices, and as a result we're seeing new lifetime-bests each week."
Phillips' two daughters, junior Maggie Phillips and freshman Mia Phillips, as well as senior Carly Archambeau, junior Stephany Aeling, sophomore Deanne Archambeau and freshman Olivia Bergmann have led the way.
In the CCL meet, Mia Phillips won the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 10.66 seconds) and was fourth in the 200 freestyle (2:07.83), Maggie Phillips took third in the 200 free (2:06.81), Carly Archambeau was third in the 100 butterfly (1:02.07), Bergmann was second in the 100 backstroke (1:01.23) and third in the 100 free (55.68), Aeling took third in the 500 free (5:42.29) and Deanne Archambeau took fourth in the 100 fly (1:02.28).
"It's been fun watching all of my teammates improve each week," Mia Phillips said. "This team works really hard and I hope we can qualify a bunch of us for districts and states. That would be a great way to end the season."
The boys team was fourth (106) in the CCL meet behind St. Charles (486), Watterson (178) and DeSales (144) and ahead of Ready (12).
Freshman Chad Kegelmeyer took second in the 200 free (2:01.34) and fourth in the 100 breast (1:10.29), and sophomore Owen Kennedy was fourth in the 100 free (54.22).
"Each week it seems at least one of (the boys) is battling through a virus or infection of some sort, so we're looking forward to having them all back and ready to go for the February (meets)," coach Phillips said.
Girls basketball team
again falls to Eagles
With a share of first place in the CCL on the line, the girls basketball team built a 27-18 halftime lead against Watterson on Jan. 27 but couldn't hold on.
The Eagles outscored the Hawks 17-7 in the third quarter and pulled out a 49-46 victory that improved their league record to 5-0 with two games remaining.
Hartley is 14-4 overall and 3-2 in the CCL with league contests remaining Thursday, Feb. 2, at Ready and Feb. 9 at DeSales.
The Hawks won six in a row between their 39-37 loss to Watterson on Jan. 5 and their second-round league loss to the Eagles.
In the rematch, junior guard Kennedy Taylor scored 11 points and sophomore guard Israel Strickland added nine. Taylor is averaging 10.8 points to lead the Hawks.
Strickland made six 3-pointers on her way to scoring 23 points in an 83-31 win over CSG on Jan. 21.
Wrestlers turn focus
to sectional tourney
The wrestling team has more than three weeks to prepare for the individual postseason, which begins with a Division II sectional tournament Feb. 25.
On Jan. 25 in the second round of the Division II state team tournament, the sixth-seeded Hawks lost to third-seeded Bexley 35-31 in a Region 14-A match.
Hartley, which also lost to the Lions 38-25 on Jan. 5, got victories in the rematch from seniors Mark Bayless (160 pounds) and Drake Williams (220), sophomores Cole Jackson (170) and Keegan Moran (132) and freshman Michael Petrella (106).