Compared to a year ago, coach Robert Boggs is down nine athletes in his 12th season leading the Central Crossing High School swimming and diving program.
However, he likes the 16 competitors he has on his roster.
The Comets have nine girls and seven boys, but they had 25 swimmers last season.
"We graduated so many seniors -- seven -- last season that it was hard to keep up," Boggs said. "The ones we do have back are good swimmers.
"I wish we had at least one more boy because seven is a hard number. If we had one or two more, we could have another relay. Now we'll just end up doing both (the 200-yard and 400) freestyle relays and probably not the (200) medley relay."
Zach Francek is the only senior on the boys team and one of two in the program. Lucy Storts is the lone senior for the girls.
"I'm a four-year varsity swimmer, and it's just me and Lucy Storts (as seniors)," Francek said. "We have to set the example for the rest of the team. We have to show the underclassmen how hard you have to work to get where you want to be."
Francek competes in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. He hopes to reach the Division I district meet in February in both events.
"I missed the cut (for district) in the 100 back and 100 fly the last two years," he said. "My best time in the back is low 58 (seconds) and the fly is low 58s as well. (To reach district), I'll probably have to go around 57 (in the back) and a 56 in the fly."
Junior Logan Watson (free), sophomores Jacob Archer (back) and Will Atkins (breaststroke) and freshmen freestylers Matt Groom, Ashton Kegg and Mason Smith complete the roster.
"A lot of times, it's hard to compete with the bigger teams when you only have seven," Francek said. "We're being well-coached and the conditioning is going well, so we're destined to put up good times this year."
Storts is a versatile swimmer who can compete in all strokes.
"We lost a lot of seniors last year, and we worked really hard to recruit kids to have a bigger team this year," Storts said. "I'm a captain this year, which is really exciting. I get to encourage my peers and set the example of sportsmanship and dedication for them."
Juniors Jeanna Pariseau (free), Madison Studt (fly/free) and Emma Thompson (distance/free), sophomores Madison Huffman (free), Haley Kumfer (breast) and Sarah Rush (back/breast) and freshmen Rosalyn Beckwith (all strokes) and Haylee Howard (free) are the other girls participants.
Storts said the preseason went well even though she missed some of the conditioning because of band.
"My goal is to help the team grow and make it the best we can be," she said.
Cox sets record with 33 points
A broken right middle finger didn't stop Haley Cox from setting the single-game scoring record for the girls basketball team Dec. 4 in a 66-22 win over Westland in OCC-Central Division play.
Cox had 33 points to break the former mark of 30. The junior guard scored nine in the first quarter, 10 in the second, five in the third and nine in the fourth. She made six 3-pointers and was 10-for-11 on free throws.
"I had been taping my middle finger to (my ring) finger but our trainer, Allie (Poirier), suggested trying to tape it to (the index) finger," Cox said. "I hadn't been shooting well because my finger was bothering me when I shot because I couldn't bend it. I guess I hold (my index) finger and middle finger together when I shoot, and it felt great. I wasn't missing in warmups and knew I was going to do well."
Cox broke the finger during a season-opening 58-29 loss to Delaware on Nov. 27. She scored only three points in the game.
"It would have been just like any other (jammed) finger off the ball, but I was pushed and my finger hit the ball harder than usual," Cox said. "I went out (of the game) and had the fingers taped together then went right back in."
The Comets fell to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Central with a 54-24 loss to Upper Arlington on Dec. 7. Cox led with nine points and is averaging 13.7 points.
"Hallie never missed a game or a practice because of her finger," coach Michal Cheney said. "She (had) a slow start because of (the broken finger), but (the 33-point effort was) a big confidence-boost for her."
Boys basketball team picks up first victory
Anthony Lowe scored 22 points with four 3-pointers to lead the boys basketball team to its first win of the season, 51-47 over Columbus Academy on Dec. 8.
Jalen Coles added nine points for the Comets, who are 1-2.
The Comets lost their OCC-Central opener to UA 60-34 on Dec. 7. Lowe led with seven points and Devon Miller and Tyler Ronevich both added six.
Lowe is averaging a team-best 14.0 points, followed by Miller (6.3), Coles (5.7), Dan Ewald (5.3) and Jasaad Montague (5.3).
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 5 -- Portsmouth, Teays Valley and Westland at Urbancrest YMCA
Dec. 14 -- Centennial, Marysville, Portsmouth Notre Dame and Westland at Urbancrest YMCA
Dec. 21 -- Dublin Scioto at Dublin Recreation Center
Dec. 22 -- Mount Vernon Invitational at Kenyon College
Jan. 2 -- Mount Vernon and Westland at Kenyon College
Jan. 5 -- Southeast Classic at Ohio University
Jan. 7 -- Grove City, Whetstone and Westland at Columbus Aquatics Center
Jan. 12 -- Teays Valley Invitational at Pickaway County YMCA
Jan. 19 -- Groveport, Hamilton Township and Westland at Urbancrest YMCA
Jan. 26 -- OCC-Central meet at Upper Arlington
Feb. 2 -- Upper Arlington Invitational
Below are the coming schedules for the Central Crossing boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling teams:
*Dec. 14 -- Home vs. Marysville
Dec. 18 -- Home vs. Canal Winchester
*Dec. 14 -- At Marysville
Dec. 18 -- At Canal Winchester
Dec. 19 -- At Mifflin
Dec. 14-15 -- Olentangy Liberty Classic