Moments after competing in their final Dublin Classic, Dublin Scioto senior swimmers Drew Joseph and Lauren Perry reflected on their prep careers.
The meet was held Jan. 18 at the Dublin Recreation Center, with the all three Dublin programs recognizing their seniors prior to the meet.
"I was really nervous, but it's been a great experience," Perry said. "The Dublin Classic is always really exciting because we have a lot of people come out and it's a lot of fun. I had a ton of my friends come, which helps calm my nerves. It was a really good last meet."
Joseph and Perry are the only seniors in the program.
"I was excited. It was my last meet at the rec center," Joseph said. "It's been a long ride on the team. I wouldn't say a bad one. I loved it. It was great for the team. The Dublin Classic is a celebration of my last meet here."
Joseph, Perry and their teammates will tune up for the postseason when they compete in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet Sunday, Jan. 26, at Kenyon College.
In last year's league meet, the boys finished seventh (79 points) behind champion Jerome (398) and the girls finished eighth (70) behind the champion Celtics (282.5).
Coach Brian Worhatch is hoping his teams can improve on those finishes.
"I'd like to be top five on the boys side, even top four," Worhatch said. "We have a pretty strong boys side."
In the Dublin Classic, the boys finished third (66) behind Jerome (131) and Coffman (112), while the girls finished third (27) behind Coffman (157) and Jerome (125).
For the boys team, Joseph teamed with Colson Wenzel, Marko Gjurevski and Ian MacLaughlin to finish third in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3 minutes, 33.38 seconds) and placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.36) and sixth in the 500 free (5:56.17), while Wenzel won the 50 free (21.66) and placed third in the 100 free (49.04).
For the girls squad, Perry placed fifth in both the 50 free (26.92) and 100 butterfly (1:05.12) and Ananya Patel was fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:29.6).
Worhatch said he always looks forward to the Dublin Classic, an event that helps promote the sport and camaraderie within the community.
"We're in all 11 lanes practicing together, so it's nice to actually compete against one another and get them to race," Worhatch said. "It's always fun and it's always a great atmosphere. It's a great close for the regular season, getting ready for the postseason."
Boys basketball team hopes to finish strong
The boys basketball team is looking for a strong finish to the regular season in preparation of the Division I district tournament, which begins Feb. 19.
The Irish were 8-5 overall and 5-3 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Hilliard Darby on Jan. 21.
Jayden Prince scored a game-high 23 points in a 48-47 loss at Reynoldsburg on Jan. 18.
The night before, Jaydon Pearson had 15 points, Xavier Lopes scored 12 and Drew Bryant added 10 in a 58-32 win over visiting Olentangy Berlin in a league contest.
Girls basketball team eyeing league title
The girls basketball team remained in contention for the OCC-Cardinal championship entering the week.
The Irish were 11-4 overall and 6-3 in the league before playing Darby on Jan. 21.
They were two games behind co-leaders Hilliard Bradley and Worthington Kilbourne, both of which were 8-1 in league play entering the week.
Scioto visits Kilbourne on Jan. 31 and plays host to Bradley on Feb. 7 to close the regular season.
The Irish defeated host Berlin 58-52 in double overtime in a league contest Jan. 17 behind 17 points from Lauren Erickson, 13 from Ashleigh Rothe and 12 from Foluke Olujide-Ajibade.
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, hockey, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 24 -- At Delaware. The Irish defeated the Pacers 39-27 on Dec. 10.
Jan. 28 -- At Marysville
*Jan. 24 -- Home vs. Delaware. The Irish defeated the Pacers 56-36 on Dec. 10.
Jan. 28 -- At Hilliard Davidson
*Jan. 24 -- Gahanna at Sawmill Lanes
*Jan. 28 -- Davidson at Ten Pin Alley
Jan. 28 -- At Coffman with Central Crossing, Franklin Heights, Grove City, Jerome and Westland
*Jan. 25 -- Columbus Academy at Chiller Dublin
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 26 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Kenyon College
*Jan. 23 -- At Olentangy Berlin
Jan. 25 -- At Parma Padua with Cleveland St. Ignatius