The Gahanna Lincoln High School girls swimming and diving team will feature one of central Ohio's most consistent point-scorers the past few years in senior diver Maycey Vieta.
From a swimming perspective, there potentially are numerous options to fill relays and individual events, although most of the roster is comprised of freshmen and sophomores.
Gahanna scored 84 points Dec. 1 to share the title at the Columbus Academy Relays with the host Vikings.
"It's being going great and the kids have been looking forward to some good swims," fifth-year coach Jeff Riegler said. "We're very young. We don't have any juniors. The divers are going to get a lot of points, but we only have a couple meets with them."
Vieta, who placed fourth at state as a freshman, won the state championship as a sophomore and was state runner-up last winter, is a Purdue commit.
Senior Lina Alli and sophomores Kendra Dillon and Ashleigh Provan are other returning divers.
"(Vieta) looks great," said Jill McInerney, who is in her 10th season coaching Gahanna's divers. "I see her once a week because she dives a ton at Ohio State. She dives once a week at our high school so she can spend time with the team. Really just getting to district finals (for all of our divers) is a huge thing, and just improving."
Returning after competing in an individual swimming event at district last season are senior Lydia Gilger (100-yard butterfly, 200 freestyle) and sophomore Mackenzie Massmann (100 fly, 200 individual medley).
Senior Madison Gibson and sophomore Rylee Slisher also were key contributors last season when the Lions also featured 2018 graduates Hannah Snedden and Payton Vogelgesang and were OCC-Ohio Division runners-up.
Eloise Fisher, Kendall Hitler, Sami Kiss and Reagan Reetz are freshmen looking to make an impact.
Others on the team are seniors Kamryn Carroll, Carrington Rice and Jamee Snyder, sophomores Destiny Ishmael, Sami Jolley, Addy Redman, Eden Weber and Olivia Zeltman and freshmen Abigail Basinger, Sophia Francisco, Kiersten Marks and Brynn Weisenberger.
"(Gilger) was sick at district (last season) so she didn't drop as much time as we had thought she would, but she always works really hard and is probably the hardest-working girl I've ever coached," Riegler said.
Boys swim team has strong nucleus
The boys swimming and diving team is hoping to build on a season in which it won its first league championship since 2008.
Junior Johnny Belli is the top returnee after placing seventh in the 100 fly (52.89) and 15th in the 100 backstroke (55.05) at the Division I district meet.
Seniors Logan Marks, Jacob Sherman and Austin Wharton, junior Derek Yu and sophomores McCord Riegler and Nathan Vogelgesang are other top returnees.
The only diver is senior Casey Jordan.
Gahanna didn't have any state qualifiers last season as Belli and 2018 graduate Paul Padgett, who finished 14th in the 100 back (54.86) and 17th in the 50 free (22.25) at district, led the way.
On Dec. 1, the Lions scored 98 points to win the Columbus Academy Relays.
"We've got a good group of boys," coach Riegler said. "We're got more upperclassmen (leading the team) and we've got three sophomore boys that lettered and are in our top group of boys as well."
Others on the team are senior Adrian Bailey, juniors Darin Fields, Max Giuliani and Josh Handel, sophomores Isaac Mair and Brandon Patrick and freshmen Morgan Govekar, Michael Jolley, Ethan Krier, Vincent Piccolantonio and Ryan Sherman.
"The boys' No. 1 goal is to win OCCs again," coach Riegler said. "Last year was great. The boys want to defend their title and win back-to-back (titles). Even though we graduated a couple good seniors, we're pretty deep, versatile and obviously more experienced."
Girls basketball team looking to grow
The girls basketball team will play its fourth game against an opponent that was either a district champion or district runner-up a season ago when it travels Monday, Dec. 17, to Westerville South.
After losing to 2018 Division I district runner-up Huber Heights Wayne 49-33 on Nov. 25 in the Journey to the Tourney at West Chester Lakota West and then falling 61-43 on Dec. 4 to defending Division I state champion Pickerington Central, the Lions defeated Reynoldsburg 67-55 on Dec. 7. Last season, Gahanna lost twice to the Raiders in the regular season but beat Reynoldsburg 54-52 in a district final.
Gahanna was 3-2 overall before playing Watterson on Dec. 12 and is 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio.
"They're playing hard and I like the direction we're going," first-year coach Ron Bailey said. "We've still got some areas we need to grow in. We're putting some young girls out there who are in their first time playing varsity. We've got to limit our mistakes and keep playing hard. Defensively, we're playing real well."
Battle averaged 18 points over her first three games before being held to five by Central.
Freshman guard/forward Gabby Anderson posted double-digit scoring efforts in two of her first four games, and freshman guard/forward Bella Ward also has contributed to a unit led by Battle and junior guard Morgan Darnell.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Nov. 30 -- vs. Grove City
Dec. 1 -- Columbus Academy Relays
Dec. 7-8 -- Ned Reeb Memorial Invitational at Ohio State
Dec. 14 -- Westerville North at Westerville Community Center
Dec. 15 -- Lancaster at Lancaster Family YMCA
Dec. 21 -- vs. Canal Winchester
Dec. 22 -- at Upper Arlington
Jan. 4 -- vs. Teays Valley
Jan. 5 -- Dublin Coffman at Dublin Recreation Center
Jan. 12 -- Northeast Classic at Branin Natatorium in Canton
Jan. 18 -- vs. Big Walnut
Jan. 19 -- Presidential Pentathlon Plus at Ohio Wesleyan
Jan. 25 -- OCC-Ohio diving meet at TBA
Jan. 26 -- OCC-Ohio swim meet at Upper Arlington
Below are the coming schedules for the Gahanna Lincoln boys basketball, girls basketball, hockey and wrestling teams:
*Dec. 14 -- Home vs. Pickerington North
Dec. 17 -- Home vs. Westerville South
*Dec. 14 -- At Pickerington North
Dec. 17 -- At Westerville South
Dec. 14 -- Watterson at Rough Rider Holiday Tournament at Kent State
Dec. 15 -- Case Western Reserve and Kent Roosevelt in Rough Rider Holiday Tournament
Dec. 16 -- TBA in Rough Rider Holiday Tournament
Dec. 14-15 -- Liberty Classic at Olentangy Liberty