The Columbus School for Girls swimming and diving team easily captured its sixth consecutive CCL title.
The Unicorns totaled 408 points in the league meet Jan. 26 at home to finish well ahead of runner-up Watterson (314) as well as Hartley (245.5), DeSales (114.5) and Ready (23).
It was CSG's final CCL championship meet, as the Unicorns will be moving to the MSL next season.
"It's a great way to finish our time in the CCL, extending our championship run on the way out," said junior Jordan Aurnou-Rhees, who won two individual titles and was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay. "We were exhausted from our training because we haven't started to decrease our workload yet, but we swam for each other and got it done."
The Unicorns gathered momentum early, as Margeaux Rocco finished first in diving (390.8 points) and the 200 medley relay of Anna Ray Ziegler, Ava Fortney, Nyah Funderburke and Emily Dewolf won in 1 minute, 50.32 seconds to open the swimming portion of the meet.
"Margeaux and the 200 medley relay did great and that energized us from the start," Aurnou-Rhees said. "That gave us great vibes. It won't be long until we begin to taper and then we're really going to see all of our training pay off."
Aurnou-Rhees won the 100 butterfly (58.29) and 200 individual medley (2:10.99), Ziegler won the 100 backstroke (1:00.81) and Fortney finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.15).
Placing second were Funderburke in the 50 free (24.73) and 100 free (54.62), Julie Aslander in the 200 free (2:07.25) and 500 free (5:38.29), the 200 free relay of Aurnou-Rhees, Riley Rogers, Cosette Persall and Lauren Dittrick (1:45.34) and the 400 free relay of Dewolf, Aurnou-Rhees, Riley Murphy and Funderburke (3:44.58).
"Our top girls swam very well considering how much we've been working," coach Brian Botzman said. "We also had a lot of freshmen place in the top three and we had multiple girls finish in the top eight. We had four girls in a lot of heats and our depth also was evident in the relays. Only the A relays can score team points, but we had three of the top four finishers in the 400 free relay.
"We scored over 400 points and won by 90 and we didn't even put any extra emphasis on this meet. We continued our heavy workouts, so that showed me a lot. They all want to swim really fast and set personal, school or meet records, but I told them that we want to be really fast when we really need to be fast. We have a little more work to do before resting and some of them begin tapering for the (Division II sectional Feb. 9 at Columbus Academy)."
Basketball team concludes CCL play
The basketball team was 6-8 overall and 0-3 in the CCL entering its league finale Jan. 29 against Hartley.
The Unicorns played three games in five days last week, losing to Harvest Prep 32-27 on Jan. 22, beating New Hope Christian 38-26 on Jan. 24 and falling to Watterson 55-21 on Jan. 26.
CSG, which visits Delaware Christian on Thursday, Jan. 31, before playing host to Columbus Academy on Tuesday, Feb. 5, got nine points from Bella Sloan and seven from Hattie Person against New Hope Christian.
Annie Feibel scored seven points against Harvest Prep.