Each of the past four seasons, the Hartley girls swimming and diving team scored points at the Division II state meet.
That's just one of the successes that 24th-year coach Tony Phillips can take pride in regarding the program.
Postseason success, though, is something he believes is part of a process.
"We have a pretty good streak going of about 18 or 19 years of having some swimmers (at) state," Phillips said. "Obviously, we'd like to keep that streak alive, but right now, everything is focused on individual improvements. If they're not all individually taking steps to improve themselves and their performances and efficiency, then we're not going to try to get too far ahead of ourselves with team goals. Right now, we're trying to figure out being on time for practice, being consistent and doing everything they can do individually to ultimately help the team."
This marks the sixth season in a row that Phillips will have at least one of his daughters on the team, with senior Mia Phillips being the top returnee.
Last season at state, Phillips teamed with 2019 graduates Deanne Archambeau, Cara Luallen and Kayla Williams on the 200-yard medley relay that finished 12th (1 minute, 51.16 seconds).
Hartley finished 40th (13 points) at state behind champion Gates Mills Hawken (378) as the 200 free relay of Archambeau, Luallen, junior returnee Emma Simone and Williams had the 15th-best time during preliminaries but got disqualified from the B final after entering state as the 23rd seed.
Archambeau added a 14th-place finish in the 100 butterfly (58.23).
Freshmen Abby Dinardo and Mackenzie Frizzell are expected to be high-impact newcomers for the Hawks, who are coming off a third-place finish (245.5) at the CCL meet behind Columbus School for Girls (408) and Watterson (314). CSG is no longer in the league.
Seniors Olivia Bobak, Olivia Haeger, Gabby Jackson, Jordyn Ross, Grace Sammler, Maddy Schafhausen, Allie Sisson and Ellie Tanner and junior Megan Luallen are other returning swimmers.
Senior Bailey Smith is a returning diver and sophomore Melanie Hoffman and freshmen Ameliana Conigy and Grace Goodwin also are competing in diving.
The Hawks finished sixth (164) in the nine-team St. Charles Showdown on Dec. 7 behind champion Toledo St. Ursula (480).
Boys swim team returns strong duo
The boys swimming and diving team's 200 medley relay finished third (1:42.99) in the Division II district meet last season, missing an at-large state berth by .01 of a second.
Senior Chad Kegelmayer and junior Sam LeMay, who were on that relay, are the top returnees for a team that will have 10 competitors this season.
Also at district last season, Kegelmayer finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.47) and 12th in the 200 individual medley (2:14.57), while LeMay was seventh in the 100 fly (58.47) and 21st in the 50 free (24.17).
Junior Leo Noll, who was 13th in the 100 breast (1:10.26) and 22nd in the 200 IM (2:22.85) at district, and sophomore William Sheridan, who was 24th in the 100 backstroke (1:06.65), also have returned.
Sophomore Simon Sybert has returned in diving after placing sixth (251.95) at district last season.
Juniors Deandre Hodge and Bobby Sisson are other returnees, while sophomores Stewart Landry and Connor Phillips and freshman Jordan Madry are newcomers who have "shown tremendous improvement in just the first few weeks," according to coach Phillips.
The biggest loss from last season was 2019 graduate Owen Kennedy, who placed 15th in the 100 back (54.88) at state and is now competing for Ohio Wesleyan.
The Hawks finished fifth (99) in the nine-team St. Charles Showdown on Dec. 7 behind the champion and host Cardinals (763).
Wrestling team plans to have deep lineup
The wrestling team is preparing to compete in the Olentangy Liberty Classic on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14.
The top returnees for the Hawks are senior brothers Michael Petrella (120 pounds) and Joey Petrella (182), who are the brothers of 11th-year coach Kevin Petrella.
Michael Petrella placed seventh at 106 in the Division II state tournament in 2018 and went 46-6 and finished seventh at 113 at state last season. Joey Petrella went 34-7 at 160 and was a district qualifier a year ago. Both have more than 100 career victories.
Juniors Noah Houchins (126), Cody Ihm (132), Brody Halenar (160) and Tony Thivener (195) are other key returnees.
The Hawks might not fill 106 or 113 early in the season but figure to have options throughout the rest of the lineup.
Senior Brian Hernandez and freshman Kevin Hernandez both could see time at 138, with sophomore Ryan Hannah joining Ihm at 132.
Freshman Dylan Newsome is expected to be at 145, with junior Jared Miller and freshman Jack Steinhart at 152, junior John Hooker at 160 and freshman Eyan Jackson at 170.
Newsome, according to coach Petrella, should make an immediate impact.
Sophomore Malachi Penn and freshmen Griffin Halenar and Caleb Jackson are among those who could see time at 220 or heavyweight.
Junior Micah Norwood, who went 32-4 and was the state runner-up at 138 last season, has transferred to Pickerington North.
Griffin Rathburn, who went 50-6 and finished fifth at state at 195 last season, was lost to graduation along with Nate Jackson (220) and Keegan Moran (145), both of whom were district qualifiers.
Hartley, which won its sixth consecutive CCL championship and had seven sectional placers last season, renovated its wrestling practice area during the offseason, adding new mats and lockers.
"We bring back most of our team," coach Petrella said. "We've got a good freshman group as well. Hopefully, our numbers will keep climbing up a little bit. We've got a good group of kids and they're all pretty excited about our new practice area."
Below is the coming schedules for the Hartley boys basketball, bowling and wrestling teams:
*Dec. 13 -- At DeSales
Dec. 16 -- Home vs. Wellington
*Dec. 12 -- DeSales at Capri Lanes
*Dec. 13 -- Ready at Game of Western Columbus
*Dec. 17 -- Mifflin at HP Lanes
Dec. 13-14 -- Olentangy Liberty Classic