The St. Charles Preparatory School swimming and diving team received strong performances from underclassmen in winning its 21st consecutive CCL championship Jan. 26 at Columbus School for Girls.
Freshman Spencer Aurnou-Rhees won a pair of individual events to lead the youth movement and spark the Cardinals to 481.5 points, ahead of Hartley (267.5), DeSales (188) and Watterson (111).
Aurnou-Rhees finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 4.68 seconds) and 200 freestyle (1:48.61). Sophomore Will Elsrod won the 100 backstroke (51.55) and was runner-up in the 200 free (1:52.62).
"We have a lot of young talent and a really bright future, but this season is going really well, too," said senior Griffin Beam, who won the 200 individual medley in 2:04.81.
"We weren't rested, but the performances were good (in the CCL meet). We're really looking forward to sectional and district."
Junior Alex Nash won the 100 free (50.07) and junior Ryan Seidt was second in the event in 50.42.
Also finishing second were senior Jon Sugar in the 100 butterfly (56.68), junior Thomas Lennox in the 50 free (23.16), sophomore Mitchell List in the 200 IM (2:06.46) and sophomore Lukas Rakowsky in the 500 free (5:17.42).
Senior Dominic Francescon was second in diving (267.5).
The 200 free relay of senior Trey Moore, Seidt, senior Andrew Edwards and Sugar won in 1:33.41, the 400 free relay of Beam, senior Sean Ritchey, Lennox and sophomore Chase Bateman finished first in 3:26.19 and senior Craig Hammon, List, Nash and senior Will Moseley won the 200 medley relay in 1:44.87.
"It feels good to win," Beam said. "This is the start ... of bigger things. It signals the start of the postseason, so we'll start to taper and get ready for sectional, district and state."
The Cardinals next compete in a Division I sectional Feb. 9 at Kenyon College.
Frey leads basketball squad in scoring
Freshman guard Jared Frey has been the top scorer for the basketball team, averaging 16.7 points.
The Cardinals are 10-5 overall and still in the CCL title chase at 3-2, behind DeSales (4-1) and Watterson (4-2). The Cardinals play at Watterson on Friday, Feb. 1.
Other top scorers are junior post player Victor Searls (9.1 points), junior guard Spencer Martin (8.9) and freshman guard Doogie James (8.9).
Winning streak ends at 11 for bowling team
The bowling team had won 11 consecutive matches before losing to Eastmoor Academy 2,033-1,978 on Jan. 24.
The Cardinals were 11-2 overall, 9-2 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-D Division and 5-1 in the CCL before facing Ready on Jan. 30.
Dominick Koeth rolled a 374 and Grant Flory added a 313 as St. Charles defeated Watterson 1,868-1,475 on Jan. 23.
Below are the coming schedules for the St. Charles basketball, bowling, hockey and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 1 -- At Watterson. The Cardinals lost to the Eagles 53-46 on Dec. 21.
Feb. 2 -- Home vs. Groveport
*Jan. 30 -- Ready at Game of Western Columbus
*Feb. 1 -- Hartley at Holiday Lanes
*Feb. 1 -- Upper Arlington at OhioHealth Ice Haus. The Cardinals lost to the Golden Bears 10-1 on Jan. 11.
*Feb. 3 -- Dublin Jerome at Chiller Dublin. The Cardinals lost to the Celtics 6-1 on Dec. 9.
Feb. 1 -- St. Charles tri-meet