Susan Ferguson likes what she sees in her second season leading the Grandview Heights High School swimming and diving program.
Ferguson said her athletes have had impressive performances that will continue to improve as the season progresses.
"We already have some meets under our belts and we have started off strongly," she said. "It's been great to see our kids compete in fast pools and see what they can do early."
The Bobcats opened Nov. 26 at Columbus Aquatics Center, with the girls team finishing second (525 points) behind Olentangy Berlin (539) and ahead of Wellington (322). The boys team, which has six athletes, finished third (37) behind Berlin (90) and Wellington (44).
Then in the St. Charles-Columbus School for Girls Sprint Showdown on Dec. 1, the boys were eighth (48) of 12 teams behind champion St. Charles (616) and the girls were sixth (184) of 10 teams behind champion Toledo St. Ursula (556).
Junior Annie Volker was second in the 100-yard butterfly (1 minute, 2.64 seconds) and third in the 100 backstroke (1:02.89), and freshman Phoebe Ferguson, the coach's daughter, was third in the 200 individual medley (1:02.64) and fourth in the 100 back (1:03.96).
In the 50 freestyle, junior Adelle Bechtel was fifth (27.3), junior Meghan Watters was sixth (27.78) and senior Martina Moncolova was eighth (27.97).
Volker was 23rd in the 100 back (1:00.94) in the Division II state meet last season. She also joined Bechtel, Moncolova and 2018 graduate Keelin O'Connor on the 20th-place 400 free relay (3:47.26).
"I definitely think that we want to go back to state," Bechtel said. "It's always a great experience swimming against a lot of fast people. We go up to the Northeast Classic (on Jan. 12 in Canton) in the same pool as state, and I think doing that really helped us last year. It makes you want to go fast and get back there (for state)."
Junior Charlie Ferguson, the coach's son, placed fifth in both the 100 fly (55.65) and 200 IM (59.34) in the Sprint Showdown. Last season, he was 17th at state in the 200 IM (2:00.5) and swam on the 19th-place 400 free relay (3:23.41) with 2018 graduates Calvin Furbee, Andrew Bergmann and Bo Hawkins.
"Charlie has continued to work hard and has (competed) in club throughout the year," coach Ferguson said. "We only have six boys, but we didn't have a lot last year, either. We would like to have more, but we make do with what we have."
Seniors Patrick Rowland and Sam Speaks, junior Bryan Gilliland and sophomores Ethan Deis and Adam Ellis round out the roster.
"Definitely coming in as a senior, you have to be more of a leader," Rowland said. "We have some new swimmers and that has been fun showing them the ropes."
Seniors Nina Burchfield and Katherine Taylor, juniors Liz McDermott and Mary Beth Kauffman, sophomore Josie Cantelmo and freshmen Maya Burchfield, Simone Chordas, Emma Rowland and Sam Schaefer round out the 14 athletes for the girls team.
The Bobcats also competed in the Ned Reeb Invitational on Dec. 7 and 8 at Ohio State, with the Ferguson siblings having strong performances. Phoebe was runner-up in the 200 IM (2:09.08) and eighth in the 100 fly (59.18), and Charlie was sixth in the 200 IM (2:00.5) and 11th in the 100 fly (53.53).
Girls basketball team needs 'physicality'
Coach Brian O'Mara said the girls basketball team needs to be tougher on the court.
"We need people with the strength and stamina to play through contact," said O'Mara, whose team was 2-4 overall before playing CSG on Dec. 10. "We need more physicality, that's the biggest thing."
Grandview is 0-2 in the MSL-Ohio Division, losing to Worthington Christian 46-22 on Dec. 1 and Bexley 39-21 on Dec. 7. Tayler Pierce led with six points against Bexley, and Hannah Yochem added five.
The Bobcats played without junior guard Hallie Georskey, who has an ankle injury. She is expected to return Dec. 27 against Hilliard Bradley in the Watterson Christmas Classic.
Boys basketball team wins first three games
The boys basketball team improved to 3-0 by defeating host Worthington Christian 62-56 in the MSL-Ohio opener Dec. 8.
Brian Collier had 21 points and seven assists, and Luke Lachey had 18 points and 17 rebounds. Manny Day added 11 points.
Collier is averaging a team-best 20.7 points, followed by Lachey (17.7) and Day (11.7).
SWIMMING & DIVING
Nov. 26 -- Olentangy Berlin and Wellington at Columbus Aquatics Center
Dec. 1 -- St. Charles-Columbus School for Girls Sprint Showdown
Dec. 7-8 -- Ned Reeb Invitational at Ohio State
Dec. 10 -- DeSales, Northridge and Teays Valley at Columbus Aquatics Center
Dec. 15 -- Wellington at Columbus Aquatics Center
Dec. 22 -- Mount Vernon Invitational at Kenyon College
Jan. 4 -- at Columbus Academy
Jan. 5 -- Northridge Viking Splash at New Albany
Jan. 12 -- Northeast Classic at Branin Natatorium in Canton
Jan. 18 -- Hartley at Columbus Aquatics Center
Jan. 26 -- MSL meet at Columbus Academy
Feb. 2 -- Upper Arlington Invitational
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys basketball, girls basketball and bowling teams:
*Dec. 14 -- Home vs. Bexley
Dec. 15 -- At Berlin Hiland
Dec. 17 -- At Independence
*Dec. 15 -- At Whitehall
Dec. 19 -- At Newark Catholic
*Dec. 18 -- Olentangy Orange at Sawmill Lanes