Jordan Aurnou-Rhees won one event and broke a longstanding program record in another to lead the Columbus School for Girls swimming and diving team in the Ned Reeb Invitational held Dec. 13 and 14 at Ohio State.
The senior won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 51.19 seconds, edging runner-up Martina Peroni (1:51.64) of Olentangy, and placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke in a program-best 1:04.94, breaking the previous record of 1:04.98 set by Sarah Baumbert in 2001.
"I was really excited with how I swam and it was totally unexpected because I was swimming in some events that I normally don't swim," Aurnou-Rhees said. "I'm not normally known as a breaststroker, but I was able to go out and get my best time."
Aurnou-Rhees also was on a pair of relays that placed in the top four in the Ned Reeb meet. She joined Ava Fortney, Olivia Morse and Nya Funderburke on the runner-up 200 medley relay (1:46.13), which finished behind Upper Arlington (1:44.65), and teamed with Funderburke, Morse and Cosette Persall on the fourth-place 200 free relay (1:37.73).
"I thought we did really, really well across the board, and it was a lot of fun to see," coach Brian Botzman said. "Nya came back (Dec. 13) from (the East Speedo Winter) Juniors (at Georgia Tech), and we weren't expecting that. She stepped up on very little rest to swim with her team. She was a little sore (physically), but she did her part."
Also in the New Reeb meet, Fortney placed 12th in the 100 breast (1:09.12) as the Unicorns finished seventh (161 points) behind champion UA (383) as 41 teams scored.
"I was happy to see how much positivity can have an effect on the group," Aurnou-Rhees said. "It's good to get that out of the way now rather than in February. It was pretty encouraging."
CSG doesn't compete again until Jan. 11 when it participates in the Northeast Classic at Branin Natatorium -- site of the state meet -- in Canton.
Below is the coming schedule for the Columbus School for Girls basketball team:
*Dec. 20 -- Home vs. Bexley