When Lynn Bowers took over as coach four years ago, the Hilliard Davidson swimming and diving program included three freshmen.
Now seniors, Paige Erdman, Xan Harman and Cameron Wiksell will be closing out their high school careers next month, and they, along with classmate Brogan Gehring, will be recognized on senior night Saturday, Jan. 18, when the Wildcats compete against Bradley and Darby at the Hilliard YMCA.
"It's been crazy," Gehring said of her prep career, which included competing mostly at the club level as a freshman and junior. "It's gone by so fast and I'm so excited to be spending my last season with the (varsity) team."
Davidson and Darby met Jan. 11 at the Hilliard YMCA, with the Wildcats girls team winning 83.5-71.5 and the Panthers boys team winning 87-83.
Gehring helped lead the girls team by winning the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 13.96 seconds) and joining Rissa Smrecansky, Addie Johanssen and Vivian Smith on the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:50.47) and Smrecansky, Smith and Katie Woollard on the first-place 400 free relay (4:12.87).
Also in the meet, Smrecansky won the 100 butterfly (1:04.64) and 500 free (5:55.53), Johannsen won the 200 individual medley (2:29.55) and Woollard won the 100 backstroke (1:12.28).
Sergio Suarez led the boys team by winning the 50 free (22.47) and 100 back (59.84) and joining Gregory McGuire, Troy Tarlton and Josh Chi on the winning 200 free relay (1:35.67).
"We have some things to work on," Bowers said. "We were a little quick on our starts, so we have to work on not false-starting. Other than that, I'm happy where we're at. We're swimming well."
The Hilliard tri-meet will be a tune-up for the OCC-Central Division meet, which will be held Jan. 25 at Kenyon College.
In the league meet last season, the boys finished third (243) behind champion Upper Arlington (456) and the girls were fourth (78) behind champion UA (484).
The Wildcats then will compete in a Division I sectional Feb. 8 at Thomas Worthington, with qualifying swimmers advancing to district Feb. 13 at Ohio State.
"I just want to see us work really hard in practice and finish really well at district," Gehring said. "We always work really hard and I think we'll place really well this year."
Harman also is looking for a strong finish to the season.
"I'm sad to see it all go," he said. "I really love my teammates and all my friends. It's good to see everything that I've worked for all four years come to something."
Wrestlers finish sixth at Bradley
The wrestling team finished sixth (121) in the eight-team Porter Memorial Tournament on Jan. 11 at Bradley behind champion Lancaster (239).
Dez Gartrell finished first at 152 pounds to lead the Wildcats.
Wyatt Moore (120) placed second, Nick Lingaman (160) was third and Quin Hopping (138), Jackson Sowers (145) and Richard Lawrence (182) all were fourth.
Gymnastics team competes at Jerome
The gymnastics team finished 15th (118.95) of 16 teams in the McGee Invitational on Jan. 11 at Dublin Jerome behind champion Thornville Sheridan (140.775).
Hope Tageson finished 29th in the all-around (31.425) and tied for 14th on vault (8.3) to lead the Wildcats. Megan McCabe was 46th in the all-around (29.5) and 15th (8.2) on vault.
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 17 -- At Dublin Coffman. The Wildcats lost to the Shamrocks 68-43 on Dec. 6.
Jan. 21 -- At Olentangy Liberty
*Jan. 16 -- At Westland
*Jan. 17 -- Home vs. Coffman. The Wildcats lost to the Shamrocks 63-44 on Dec. 6.
Jan. 18 -- At Darby
Jan. 21 -- Home vs. Liberty
*Jan. 17 -- Thomas Worthington at Capri Lanes
*Jan. 21 -- Pickerington Central at Ten Pin Alley
Jan. 20 -- Olentangy Invitational
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 18 -- Bradley and Darby at Hilliard YMCA
*Jan. 16 -- Home vs. Westland
Jan. 18 -- At Teays Valley with Centennial and Newark