The Westerville Central High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams will prepare for the postseason by competing in the OCC-Buckeye Division meet Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, at Thomas Worthington.
"We don't change our training for the league meet," coach Ron Staab said. "If we win it it's sweet. If we have a few champions that's sweet. Our big meet is the sectional meet."
Last season, the girls finished fourth (182.5 points) in the league behind champion Olentangy Liberty (279) and the boys finished sixth (73) behind first-place Liberty (400.5).
"The Olentangys are going to be tough to beat," Staab said. "On the boys side, we're going to be competitive. We hope to be in the top three on the girls side."
The Warhawks will compete in a Division I sectional Feb. 9 with berths to the district meet Feb. 15 at Ohio State on the line.
Central tuned up for the league meet by competing in the Central Ohio Splash Invitational on Jan. 12 at Thomas, and the girls finished first (403) of 12 teams ahead of runner-up Grove City (272).
Macey Swearingen won the 100-yard freestyle (54.73 seconds) and 100 backstroke (59.87), Kiah Smith won the 200 free (1:59.92), Swearingen, Kaila Aaron, Sophia Antonetz and Makayla Sampson won the 400 free relay (3:53.71) and Swearingen, Aaron, Antonetz and Smith won the 200 medley relay (1:56.35).
Swearingen has twice bettered her program record in the 100 back this season, with her latest top mark a 56.32, and also set the 200 individual medley record of 2:07.14.
"It's super exciting," Rachel Kaufman said of the postseason. "We get to work together as a team. We're pushing each other to really get our best times at these meets."
The boys finished sixth (228) of 12 teams in the Central Ohio Splash Invitational behind champion Grove City (371) as Adam Aziz was second in the 100 fly (1:01.06).
Staab said Aidan Fay, Grant Radecki and Luke Radecki also have been solid contributors.
"We work as hard as we can to achieve our goals," Luke Radecki said. "We're very close to each other."
Boys basketball team wins at North
The boys basketball team completed a regular-season sweep of Westerville North with a 62-58 road win Jan. 18.
Chaz Dixon scored 20 points, Will LeMaire had 16 and Tyler Combest added 10 to lead the Warhawks, who also defeated North 57-55 on Dec. 7.
First-year Central coach Kevin Martin is a 1994 North graduate who helped the Warriors win the Division I state title that same year.
"I have a lot of memories in this gym, but this isn't about me or anybody else," Martin said. "It's about our kids and our program getting better. We've had a tough three weeks. We weren't playing good basketball. We weren't shooting the ball great. We've come a long way defensively and it showed late in the game."
The Warhawks were 6-8 overall before playing Pickerington Central on Jan. 22. They are 2-4 in the OCC-Buckeye.
Girls basketball team falls to Warriors
The girls basketball team dropped a 41-37 decision at North on Jan. 18 as Najayah Shepherd led Central with 13 points.
Shepherd scored 15 points and Michayla Brenning had 10 in a 52-51 loss at Olentangy Berlin on Jan. 15.
The Warhawks were 7-7 overall before playing Pickerington Central on Jan. 22. They are 2-4 in the OCC-Buckeye.
Below are the coming schedules for the Central boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 25 -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange. The Warhawks lost to the Pioneers 67-62 on Dec. 14.
Jan. 29 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
*Jan. 25 -- At Orange. The Warhawks defeated the Pioneers 52-37 on Dec. 14.
Jan. 29 -- At UA
Jan. 26 -- Pirate Challenge Tournament at Poelking Lanes in Dayton
Jan. 29 -- At Dublin Coffman with Dublin Scioto, Dublin Jerome and Grove City
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 25-26 -- OCC-Buckeye meet at Thomas Worthington
*Jan. 24 -- At Orange
Jan. 26 -- New Albany Invitational