Dublin Scioto High School swimming and diving coach Brian Worhatch uses the OCC-Cardinal Division meet to help his teams prepare for the challenging postseason.
The Irish competed in the league meet Jan. 26 at Thomas Worthington, its final event before a Division I sectional Feb. 9 at Kenyon College.
"This gets us in the mood to swim some of these same teams that will be at our sectional," Worhatch said. "You get to see some fast swimming instead of just our normal dual meets."
Junior Ema Rennie is preparing for her final prep postseason as she will graduate early. She is hoping for a return trip to the state meet Feb. 22 and 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton after finishing 18th in the 50-yard freestyle (24.2 seconds) in her first appearance last season.
"This is my last high school season," Rennie said. "I'm excited for the prospects of going to college and swimming in college, but it's really sad to leave my team."
Rennie placed sixth in the 50 free (25.97) and 11th in the 100 butterfly (1:08.61) in the league meet.
Lauren Perry led the girls team, finishing fifth in the 100 fly (1:05.46) and seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:26.17), and she and Rennie teamed with Alyssa Schantz and Anna Miller on the sixth-place 200 free relay (1:55.38).
"It was a little rough for me today, but we've been training really hard so I expected to not be near my best times," Rennie said. "How we do at OCC and midseason meets doesn't matter as much as being really well-conditioned, having good technique and having really good cardio for meets like sectional, district and state."
Worhatch also pointed to several other strong efforts during the league meet, including freshman Madeline Liston, who shaved approximately 13 seconds off her personal-best time in the 500 free (6:20.18, 14th).
Scioto finished eighth (70 points) behind Jerome (282.5), Delaware (262), Worthington Kilbourne (212), Olentangy Berlin (181.5), Thomas (122), Hilliard Bradley (101) and Hilliard Darby (72).
Colson Wenzel led the boys team in the league meet, placing fifth in the 100 fly (57.57) and sixth in the 500 free (5:09.98). He also joined Marko Gjurevski, Ian MacLaughlin and David Perry on the sixth-place 400 free relay (3:42.62).
"This is a fun meet," said Wenzel, a sophomore who will compete at sectional in the 50 free and 100 free and hopes to earn his first state berth. "We always come into the meet tired, so it's not exactly a meet drop time for me, but it's a lot of fun."
Worhatch noted that John Miller turned in a strong time in finishing eighth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.49).
The Irish finished seventh (79) behind Jerome (398), Delaware (183), Kilbourne (180.5), Darby (169), Berlin (145.5) and Thomas (139) and ahead of Bradley (40).
"We had a pretty good meet," Worhatch said of the overall program. "We went through a hard week of training. It's always unsure what to expect out of a hard week, but I was pretty happy overall."
Girls basketball team remains tied for first
The girls basketball team is tied with Darby for first place in the OCC-Cardinal at 9-2.
The Irish, who are 11-7 overall, lost at Darby 63-60 in overtime Jan. 22. Karleigh Rothe led Scioto with 19 points and Marlae Davis scored 14.
"We're still in the running for a league title," said coach Jen Music, whose team has three league games remaining. "We just have to finish strong and learn from some of the things that we could have done better. We have to move forward and grow from it."
Scioto, which bounced back to defeat Delaware 78-52 in OCC-Cardinal play Jan. 25, will play host to Kilbourne on Friday, Feb. 1, in a league contest.
Lauren Erickson had 22 points against Delaware, followed by Natalie Hutras with 18 and Brianna Jordan with 12.
Boys basketball team looks to rebound
The boys basketball team will look to rebound from a pair of losses when it visits Kilbourne on Friday, Feb. 1, for an OCC-Cardinal contest.
Jayden Prince scored 11 points in a 64-50 loss at Central Crossing on Jan. 26. Scioto trailed 19-1 after one quarter.
Drew Bryant had 11 points in a 50-39 league loss to visiting Delaware on Jan. 25.
The Irish are 9-8 overall and 5-5 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Wrestlers finish 8th at Rieman Invite
The wrestling team finished eighth (126.5) of 14 teams in the Rieman Invitational on Jan. 26 at Delaware behind champion Coffman (268).
Daniel Segura (145 pounds) and Deron Pulliam (195) both placed second, Dylan Le (106) was fourth and Donovan Hardin (heavyweight) finished sixth.
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics and hockey teams:
*Feb. 1 -- At Worthington Kilbourne. The Irish defeated the Wolves 53-52 (OT) on Jan. 4.
*Feb. 5 -- Home vs. Thomas Worthington. The Irish lost to the Cardinals 45-34 on Dec. 21.
*Feb. 1 -- Home vs. Kilbourne. The Irish defeated the Wolves 51-48 on Jan. 4.
Feb. 2 -- Home vs. Chillicothe
Feb. 5 -- At Thomas. The Irish defeated the Cardinals 54-41 on Dec. 21.
Jan. 31 -- At Hilliard Davidson with Coffman, Jerome, *Hilliard Bradley and *Hilliard Darby
Feb. 5 -- At *Thomas with Coffman, Jerome and Westerville Central
*Feb. 2 -- Gahanna at Chiller Easton