Before Columbus Academy senior Jacob Eismann heads to the University of Kentucky to continue his swimming career, he hopes to make one final splash with the Vikings.
Eismann is looking to earn his fourth trip to the Division II state meet, which will be held Feb. 21 and 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
He already is a part of five program records and would like to better those efforts during the postseason.
"I'm pretty excited going into state and seeing how the team is going to do because we have a pretty good opportunity to get second overall," Eismann said. "We just had senior night and that was a surreal moment. It's almost over. I've spent four years in this place and I've taken it for granted. It was kind of sad, but having my friends and family around really made it more of a bright environment."
Eismann holds individual program records in the 50-yard freestyle (20.86 seconds), 100 free (44.54) and 100 backstroke (49.34) and swam on the record-holding 200 medley relay (1:33.24) and 400 free relay (3:06.95).
This season, he has established Academy pool records in the 200 individual medley (1:53.62), 50 free (20.7), 100 butterfly (50.08) and 100 breaststroke (58.19).
"He's been stepping up his work ethic a little bit and starting to get the realization that: 'I'm a good swimmer, but if I put a little more work into it I can be a better swimmer,' " coach Craig Yakscoe said. "I'm really proud of him as a young man, not only as a swimmer, but also as a human being. He's really grown and matured."
Eismann was highly sought after during the recruiting process, as he also considered Ohio State, Michigan and Indiana. His decision came down to Kentucky, Ohio State and Michigan, with the Wildcats emerging as the selection.
His sister, Gabrielle, is a 2016 graduate of Academy and a junior psychology major at Kentucky.
"I liked the team environment at Kentucky better than any other college I visited," said Eismann, whose family is originally from Kentucky. "I visited Ohio State, Michigan (and) Indiana and I didn't see the team camaraderie that I saw at Kentucky. That was a big influence on me."
Last season at state, Eismann tied for first in the 100 back (49.34) and swam on the winning 400 free relay (3:06.95). He also helped the 200 medley relay finish in a dead heat for third (1:34.99).
Eismann's efforts helped the Vikings finish third (166.5 points) behind Hunting Valley University School (219.5) and Gates Mills Hawken (211.5) as 54 teams scored.
As a sophomore, Eismann helped the Vikings place third overall as he was fourth in the 100 back (50.96) and sixth in the 50 free (21.25). Academy was denied a better finish when the 200 medley relay came in first but was disqualified for a premature start to the final stroke.
As a freshman, Eismann swam on the second-place 200 medley relay (1:35.59) and seventh-place 400 free relay (3:14.28) and finished ninth in the 100 back (52.43) and 19th in the 50 free (22.24).
Eismann spent the majority of his training time during his prep career with the Ohio State Swim Club, but he credits Yakscoe for helping in his development.
"He's motivated me, especially when we got disqualified in the relay (at state)," Eismann said. "He helped me keep my head up and look at the bright side.
"I'm going to miss this place a lot. I've made a home here. It's going to be hard to say goodbye."
Boys basketball team cruises to victory
The boys basketball team turned in a dominating performance in a 68-28 win over Horizon Science on Jan. 17 at home.
The Vikings outscored the Dragons 42-11 in the second half. Chris Boyle and Dorrian Moultrie each scored 12 points and Dalyn DeCree added 10 to lead Academy.
Academy was 9-3 overall before playing Gallipolis Gallia Academy in the Route 40 Classic on Jan. 21 at Zanesville West Muskingum and 2-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division before playing Whitehall on Jan. 23 in a makeup from Jan. 12.
Girls basketball team defeats Horizon Science
Sophie Spolter scored 19 points to lead the girls basketball team to a 56-26 win over Horizon Science on Jan. 17 at home.
Kayla McClendon scored 13 points and Spolter added 12 in a 50-42 loss at Delaware Christian on Jan. 15.
Academy is 5-7 overall and 0-4 in the MSL-Ohio.
Below are the coming schedules for the Columbus Academy boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, hockey, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 25 -- At Worthington Christian. The Vikings lost to the Warriors 53-49 on Dec. 14.
Jan. 29 -- At West Jefferson
*Jan. 25 -- At Bexley. The Vikings lost to the Lions 42-25 on Dec. 15.
Jan. 29 -- Home vs. New Hope Christian
*Jan. 24 -- Teays Valley at HP Lanes
*Jan. 25 -- DeSales at Chiller Easton. The Vikings defeated the Stallions 11-6 on Dec. 8.
*Jan. 27 -- Watterson at Chiller North. The Vikings lost to the Eagles 5-4 on Jan. 12.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 26 -- MSL meet at home
Jan. 24 -- Home vs. Buckeye
Valley, Liberty Union and West Jefferson
Jan. 26 -- New Albany Invitational