Spencer Aurnou-Rhees paced the St. Charles swimming and diving team in the Ned Reeb Invitational on Dec. 13 and 14 at Ohio State.
The sophomore was runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley (1 minute, 53.68 seconds) behind Dublin Jerome's Reno James (1:53.24), helping the Cardinals finish fourth (251 points) behind champion Upper Arlington (459.5) as 35 teams scored.
"I was a little surprised (at the time) because we had a meet the night before (Dec. 13)," Aurnou-Rhees said. "It was a pretty good race and one of my better times so I was happy with that."
Aurnou-Rhees placed sixth in the 100 freestyle (47.97). He also was on the fourth-place 200 free relay (1:29.62) with Alex Nash, Ben Stevenson and Lukas Rakowsky and the fifth-place 400 free relay (3:17.06) with Stevenson, Rakowsky and Chase Bateman.
The 200 medley relay of Thomas Lennox, Nash, Ryan Seidt and Will Elsrod was third (1:38.58).
"Relays are a little different because you have everyone behind you in the box with you," Aurnou-Rhees said. "You get to cheer each other on and you get to go fast together."
The meet consisted of championship finals featuring the top 10 from preliminary races, with the second 10 participating in consolation finals.
Lennox was seventh in the 100 backstroke (54.39), and Stevenson was eighth in the 100 free (49.13) and 200 free (1:50.43). Bateman was ninth in the 100 free (49.72) and 16th in the 200 free (1:49.59), and Elsrod placed 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.51) and 19th in the 100 butterfly (55.4).
Will Borchers placed 12th in the 200 free (1:48.53) and Seidt was 16th in the 100 back (56.05).
Placing 20th were Seth Miller in the 100 breast (1:04.31), Nash in the 50 free (22.97) and 100 fly (55.68) and Sean Noonan in the 100 free (52.32) and 200 IM (2:14.59).
Below are the coming schedules for the St. Charles basketball, hockey and swimming & diving teams:
*Dec. 20 -- Home vs. Hartley
Dec. 23 -- Home vs. Bexley
Dec. 20 -- Parma Padua in Padua Holiday Tournament at OBM Arena in Strongsville
Dec. 21 -- Lakewood St. Edward and Hunting Valley University School in Padua Holiday Tournament at OBM Arena
Dec. 22 -- TBD in Padua Holiday Tournament at OBM Arena
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 21 -- Geneva Invitational at Spire Institute