Once again, depth helped lead the St. Charles Preparatory School swimming and diving team to the CCL championship.

The Cardinals had 25 athletes score as they captured their 20th consecutive league title Jan. 27 with 464 points, ahead of Watterson (225), DeSales (179), Hartley (161) and Ready (14).

Swimming events were held at St. Charles, and diving was at Columbus School for Girls.

"(Winning the CCL title) really never gets old," said Patrick Pema, a senior who won the 100-yard freestyle (48.14 seconds) and was second in the 50 free (22.34). "We have won it a lot in the past, but this year there are different people. It's great to see everyone come together to get ready for the postseason."

Pema joined Griffin Beam, Alex Nash and Michael Gutman on the first-place 400 free relay (3:17.91), and Gutman, Jonathan Sugar, Ryan Seidt and Pema were on the runner-up 200 free relay (1:28.77). Thomas Lennox, Mitchell List, Ben Mooney and Trey Moore comprised the winning 200 medley relay (1:41.87).

"It's good to see everything starting to pay off for us," Pema said. "We had kids here who started to drop time and do well, and it's not even the championship season for us. We need to continue to get better."

Beam won the 500 free in 5:02.1.

"I have been around this program for around seven years with my brother (2016 graduate Austin Beam) swimming before me," he said. "We have won countless titles and it's a great feeling every time."

Will Elsrod won the 100 butterfly (57.42), and Sugar won the 200 individual medley (2:08.33) and was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.48). Sean Noonan was runner-up in both the 100 fly (59.01) and 100 backstroke (59.5).

Also finishing second were Gutman in the 100 breast (1:02.69), Lennox in the 500 free (5:12.41) and Seidt in the 200 free (1:57.13). Nash was third in both the 200 IM (2:15.38) and 500 free (5:27.97), and Chase Bateman was third in the 100 back (1:01.0).

In diving, Stephen Julian won with 420.55 points and Dominic Francescon was runner-up with 299.5.

The Cardinals do not have a meet this weekend as they prepare for a Division I sectional Feb. 10 at Kenyon College.

"This gives us a lot of momentum going into the postseason," Beam said.

"Winning the CCL is always the first step and then it goes on to sectional, then district and state. It's good to start hot."




Below are the coming schedules for the St. Charles basketball and hockey teams:


*Feb. 2 -- Home vs. Watterson. The Cardinals lost to the Eagles 57-55 on Dec. 22.


*Feb. 2 -- Home vs. Watterson

*League contest