Susan Ferguson is in her first season as coach of the Grandview Heights High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams, but she is familiar with her athletes.
Ferguson is the longtime coach of the Grandview Gators summer club team, and she has coached in the program at the middle school level.
She replaced a pair of coaches who were with the program for one season. Maddie Armitage left the girls team after accepting a position out of town and Nathan Worsowicz decided to return to being an assistant with the program.
"I have coached many of these kids since they were 7 or 8 years old on the Grandview Gators and at the middle school, so I have watched them grow and develop as swimmers," said Ferguson, who is the mother of sophomore Charlie Ferguson. "They definitely are a tight-knit group and they have a lot of fun, and they have a lot of high expectations."
The Bobcats have returned four Division II state qualifiers in senior Keelin O'Connor, junior Martina Moncolova and sophomore Annie Volker of the girls team and senior boys swimmer Calvin Furbee.
Furbee finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 43.08 seconds) and 10th in the 500 free (program-record 4:43.85) last season as the lone state competitor for the boys.
Moncolova and Volker were on the seventh-place 200 free relay (1:40.06) with 2017 graduate Adrienne Bechtel and sophomore Leah Stamm, who moved to Bexley. The same four swimmers set a program record of 1:39.99 in the preliminary race.
The 200 medley relay of O'Connor, Stamm, Volker and Bechtel was 10th (1:50.48) after setting a program record of 1:50.41 in the preliminary.
"Calvin Furbee is back and he's one of our team leaders along with (junior girls) Adelle Bechtel and Nina Burchfield," coach Ferguson said. "I look forward to seeing how Martina Moncolova, Keelin O'Connor, Annie Volker and Adelle can do and try to get them out of district."
The boys team has nine athletes, one more than last season. Also on the roster are seniors Andrew Bergmann and Bo Hawkins, junior Patrick Rowland, sophomores Thiemo Alpinice and Bryan Gilleland and freshmen Adam Ellis and Leo Graham.
The girls have 14 competitors. Also on the roster are seniors Sarah Anne Kauffman and Erin McLaughlin, junior Katherine Taylor, sophomores Maura DiCuccio, Mary Beth Kauffman, Liz McDermott, Grace Rubin and Meghan Watters and freshman Sudhiksha Anbu Chelian.
"There is a core group that comes to practice every day and we have put in a lot of work," Adelle Bechtel said. "We need to continue going to the weight room, have everyone showing up at practice and putting in their best effort and not stopping during the sets."
Furbee won the 100 butterfly (57.42) and was second in the 100 free (48.72) in the season-opening St. Charles Showdown on Dec. 2. Charlie Ferguson was second in the 200 individual medley (58.89) and fourth in the 100 fly (57.42), helping the boys finish sixth (108) of 10 teams behind champion Toledo St. Francis (574.5).
The girls finished fifth (152) of nine teams behind champion Toledo St. Ursula (514). Moncolova was fourth in the 100 free (58.43), Volker was fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:05.69) and Watters was fifth in the 50 free (27.36).
The Bobcats compete in the Ned Reeb Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Ohio State. Coach Ferguson said it's an important meet for her team.
"I'm really looking forward to the Ned Reeb meet to see how some of our kids fare ... and hopefully (they'll make) it back into the finals," she said. "It's a good indication of where you are at this point in the season."
Boys basketball team wins first three games
The boys basketball team improved to 3-0 overall by defeating defending MSL-Ohio Division champion Worthington Christian 65-26 on Dec. 9 in its league opener.
The Bobcats led 20-4 after one quarter and 31-7 at halftime. Manny Day scored 14 points, Luke Lachey had 13, Justin Johannessen had 11 with three 3-pointers and Lance Trares scored 10.
Lachey was leading the Bobcats in scoring through three games, averaging 12.0 points, followed by Johannessen at 11.7. Brian Collier and Day were averaging 9.3 points.
Grandview outscored its first three opponents by an average of 66.7-29.
Freshmen leading girls basketball team
Two freshmen are leading the girls basketball team, which is 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the MSL-Ohio.
Freshman Tayler Pierce is averaging 17.0 points and classmate Hannah Yochem is averaging 10.0 points. Kacey Murphy is averaging 7.6 points.
Pierce scored 11 points as the Bobcats lost to Bexley 36-28 on Dec. 8 in MSL-Ohio play.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 2 -- St. Charles Showdown
Dec. 4 -- DeSales at Columbus Aquatics Center
Dec. 11 -- Wellington at Columbus Aquatics Center
Dec. 16 -- Ned Reeb Invitational at Ohio State
Jan. 20 -- at Columbus Academy
Jan. 27 -- MSL meet at Columbus Academy
Feb. 3 -- Upper Arlington Invitational
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling and wrestling teams:
*Dec. 15 -- At Bexley
Dec. 18 -- At Franklin Heights
*Dec. 16 -- At Whitehall
Dec. 19 -- Home vs. Liberty Union
*Dec. 18 -- Boys: Haugland Learning Center at Capri Lanes
*Dec. 21 -- Northland at Sawmill Lanes
Dec. 15-16 -- Olentangy Liberty Classic