Ema Rennie of the Dublin Scioto High School girls swimming and diving team is hoping her final prep season is a memorable one.
Rennie is a junior but plans to graduate early. She is looking to qualify for the Division I state meet for the second consecutive season after finishing 18th in the 50-yard freestyle (24.2 seconds) a year ago.
"It was a little sad to hear that (Rennie plans to graduate early) because we thought we maybe had another year to even improve on what we do this year and what we did last year, but we'll make do with what we have," sixth-year coach Brian Worhatch said. "She's a very smart kid."
Rennie and some her of teammates competed in the Ned Reeb Memorial Invitational on Dec. 8 at Ohio State.
The Irish tied for 33rd (8 points) behind champion Upper Arlington (391.5) as 38 teams scored.
"We have a really healthy team environment and everybody is very uplifting and encouraging," said Rennie, who finished 12th in the 50 free (25.1) in the Ned Reeb meet.
"We support each other in practices."
Scioto finished third (66) behind Worthington Kilbourne (91) and host Thomas Worthington (79) in a tri-meet Dec. 1.
Rennie won the 100 free (1:01.21) to lead the Irish.
Other returnees are seniors Blake Berry (free), Anna Miller (distance free, butterfly) and Alyssa Schantz (free, breaststroke), junior Lauren Perry (fly, free) and sophomores Abby Ng (fly, individual medley) and Mary Stancil (breast).
Also on the team are senior Maya Clark (free, backstroke), junior Javiera Aracena (free) and freshmen Madeline Liston (free), Rina Ohira (free) and Emma Zhang (free).
"We're a little smaller than I'd like, but (the girls are) very close and they're very friendly," Worhatch said. "They're like a family."
Rennie and Perry helped set the program in the 200 free relay (1:40.1) last season.
Wenzel expected to lead boys swimmers
Sophomore Colson Wenzel is expected to lead the boys swimming and diving team.
Scioto finished third (53) behind host Thomas (95) and Kilbourne (91) on Dec. 1 as Wenzel won both the 50 free (22.95) and 100 free (51.64).
The Irish then finished 33rd (7.5) at the Ned Reeb meet behind champion Hunting Valley University School (396.5) as 35 teams scored.
Last season, Wenzel finished 14th in the 500 free (4:54.73) and 18th in the 200 free (1:48.97) at district.
"Colson is a possible state qualifier," Worhatch said. "We're probably going to try the 50 (in the postseason) this year. He's turned into a pretty good sprinter."
Also back are senior John Miller (sprint free, breast), junior Drew Joseph (distance free) and sophomore Ian McLaughlin (free).
Other swimmers are freshmen Marko Gjurevski (fly) and David Perry (free, fly).
"I'd love to get back to state with one or two kids and maybe even sneak in a boys relay," said Worhatch, whose team hasn't had a state qualifier since the 2015-16 season. "We'd like to get as many kids to district. That's the ultimate goal with this kind of group."
Boys basketball team wins first two games
The boys basketball team was 2-0 overall before Canal Winchester on Dec. 11.
The Irish opened OCC-Cardinal play with a 41-31 win over visiting Berlin on Dec. 7 as Dapreis Owens scored 11 points.
Girls basketball team upends Celtics
The girls basketball team won the first of two OCC-Cardinal contests against Jerome, defeating the Celtics 51-45 on Dec. 4 at home.
Lauren Erickson led Scioto with 16 points and Natalie Hutras scored nine.
"It's always fun to have a good game versus another Dublin school," coach Jen Music said. "I feel like we have a good relationship with Jerome's coaching staff and it is always a battle. My kids get hyped up for this game and were ready to play. We know both groups of kids are going to play hard and play to win."
The Irish, who visit Jerome on Jan. 11, were 3-2 overall before playing DeSales on Dec. 10.
Scioto improved to 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal with a 49-39 win at Olentangy Berlin on Dec. 7 as Hutras had 15 points and Karleigh Rothe scored 11.
"Our first few games were about finding our groove and some combinations that work for us," Music said. "We are starting to get that camaraderie on the floor."
SWIMMING & DIVING
Nov. 28 -- at Oakstone Academy with Licking Heights
Dec. 1 -- at Thomas Worthington with Worthington Kilbourne
Dec. 7 -- Olentangy Orange at Dublin Recreation Center
Dec. 8 -- Ned Reeb Memorial Invitational at Ohio State
Dec. 15 -- Canton City Schools Christmas Invitational at Branin Natatorium
Dec. 21 -- Central Crossing and Westland at Dublin Recreation Center
Dec. 29 -- Olentangy Berlin at Dublin Recreation Center
Jan. 11 -- Marysville and Westerville South at Dublin Recreation Center
Jan. 12 -- Central Ohio Splash Invitational at Thomas Worthington
Jan. 19 -- Dublin Classic at Dublin Recreation Center
Jan. 26 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Thomas Worthington
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics, hockey and wrestling teams:
*Dec. 14 -- At Delaware
*Dec. 18 -- At Hilliard Darby
*Dec. 14 -- Home vs. Delaware
*Dec. 18 -- Home vs. Darby
Dec. 15 -- Hilliard Invitational at Hilliard Davidson
*Dec. 14 -- DeSales at Chiller Dublin
*Dec. 16 -- Thomas Worthington at Chiller North
*Dec. 13 -- At Worthington Kilbourne
Dec. 14-15 -- North Canton Holiday Tournament at North Canton Hoover