Delia MacLaughlin has had a successful career for the Dublin Scioto High School girls swimming and diving team, but one goal has eluded her.
The senior, who specializes in the freestyle, is a three-time Division I district qualifier, but has yet to qualify for the state meet.
"I want to drop time, place at district and hopefully make it to state," MacLaughlin said.
Last season at district, MacLaughlin placed 16th in the 50-yard free (24.73 seconds) and 19th in the 100 free (55.04), and teamed with juniors Emma Ferguson and Zoe Kington and sophomore Lauren Perry to finish 14th in the 400 relay (3:46.29).
"We're trying to get to that state meet," fifth-year coach Brian Worhatch said. "(MacLaughlin) has a really good shot this year. We've been training harder this year than ever."
Scioto opened Dec. 2 by finishing second (57 points) behind Thomas Worthington (63) and ahead of Worthington Kilbourne (50) in a tri-meet at the Dublin Recreation Center, as MacLaughlin won the 200 free (2:47) and 100 free (54.07).
Other returnees are Ferguson (free, backstroke), Kington (breaststroke, free), Perry (back, individual medley, free), juniors Kate Adelman (free), Anna Miller (free) and Alyssa Schantz (butterfly, back) and sophomore Delaney Lutz (free).
Other swimmers are sophomore Ema Rennie (free, fly) and freshmen Abby Ng (free, fly) and Mary Stencil (free).
Thomas returns for boys swimmers
The boys swimming and diving team also is optimistic about the season.
Among the key returnees is senior Mitchell Thomas (free, IM), who is a returning Division I district qualifier.
Last season at district, Thomas placed 18th in the 100 free (49.83) and 20th in the 200 free (1:50.08) and teamed with senior Baker Lutz (fly, free) and 2017 graduates Kiubon Kokko and Tripp Whiting to finish 14th in the 200 free relay (1:33.63).
Also back are seniors Joel David (IM) and Daniel Woo (back), juniors Blake Berry (free) and John Miller (breast, free) and sophomores Drew Joseph (free, fly) and Jackson Wolford (free, fly).
Other swimmers are freshmen Ian MacLaughlin (breast, free) and Colson Wenzel (free, breast).
"We have a really strong senior group this year, so I definitely think we have an opportunity to step up and have a good year and set the team up for success in the future," Thomas said. "We have a couple guys who could make it to state individually and possibly a boys relay could make it to state."
Scioto opened Dec. 2 by finishing third (39) behind Thomas (74) and Kilbourne (56) in a tri-meet.
Wenzel won the 200 IM (2:12.15) and 500 free (5:07).
"This is our most balanced year on both sides," Worhatch said. "In years past, we had a couple people on the top side and not as much on the bottom, but now it's leveled out and there's good competition throughout.
"We want to get as many people to district and hopefully get a girls and boys relay to state."
Snider resigns as boys soccer coach
Chad Snider resigned Dec. 4 after 10 seasons as boys soccer coach.
"I've been thinking about this for the last year," he said of his resignation. "Talking to family members, it was time to step away and look for a new adventure."
Snider compiled a 70-88-15 record with the Irish, including a 19-38-11 mark in the OCC. This fall, Scioto finished 2-15 overall and 0-6 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
In 2011, the Irish finished 18-1, won the OCC-Cardinal championship and reached a Division I district final, where they lost to Coffman 2-1.
"The cupboard is not totally empty, but it's going to be a matter of everyone getting on the same page," Snider said.
Before taking over at Scioto, Snider coached Buckeye Valley for seven years.
"Coach Snider displayed dedication and commitment to the student-athletes while serving as boys soccer coach at Dublin Scioto," athletics director Nick Magistrale said. "I appreciate Chad's contributions to the Irish soccer program the past 10 seasons."
Snider said he will keep his options open for a possible return to coaching.
Scioto also is looking for a girls soccer coach. Doug Williamson stepped down Nov. 27 after two seasons as girls coach.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 2 -- Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne at Dublin Recreation Center
Dec. 8 -- Central Crossing at Dublin Recreation Center
Dec 16 -- Canton City Schools Christmas Invitational at Branin Natatorium in Canton
Dec. 23 -- Hartley at Dublin Recreation Center
Jan. 6 -- Marysville at Union County YMCA
Jan. 12 -- Watterson at Dublin Recreation Center
Jan. 13 -- Northeast Classic at Branin Natatorium in Canton
Jan. 19 -- Olentangy Orange at Delaware YMCA
Jan. 2 -- Dublin Classic at Dublin Recreation Center
Jan. 27 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Thomas Worthington
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto boys basketball, girls basketball and gymnastics teams:
*Dec. 15 -- Home vs. Delaware
*Dec. 19 -- Home vs. Hilliard Darby
*Dec. 15 -- At Delaware
*Dec. 19 -- At Hilliard Darby
Dec. 16 -- Hilliard Invitational at Hilliard Bradley