The St. Charles Preparatory School swimming and diving team seems to be on track for postseason success.
The Cardinals are preparing for the CCL meet Saturday, Jan. 25, at home. They will try to capture their 22nd consecutive league championship.
"The CCL has a positive impact going forward into the postseason," senior Alex Nash said. "I think we're right where we think we should be. We're right on track to do big things."
St. Charles begins the postseason in a Division I sectional Feb. 8 at Kenyon College.
The Cardinals showed they were starting to move in the right direction by winning the championship in the Northeast Classic on Jan. 11 at Branin Natatorium in Canton, the site of the state meet. They totaled 227 points to edge North Canton Hoover (224) as 42 teams scored, winning the event for the first time in four years.
"It was our first time since 2016, and everyone had a decent meet for this point in the season," Nash said. "We performed really well and our relays did a great job."
Nash joined Ben Stevenson, Luke Rakowsky and Spencer Aurnou-Rhees on the 200-yard freestyle relay that won in 1 minute, 28.07 seconds. Nash also was on the second-place 200 medley relay (1:35.69) with Thomas Lennox, Mitchell List and Ryan Seidt.
Rakowsky, Stevenson, Will Borchers and Aurnou-Rhees were on the third-place 400 free relay (3:11.74).
Aurnou-Rhees led the individual performances, winning the 200 individual medley (1:52.55) and placing third in the 500 free (4:41.32).
Lennox was fourth in the 100 backstroke (53.14) and List was seventh in the 100 breaststroke (58:81). Will Elsrod placed eighth in the 200 IM (2:02.94) and ninth in the 100 breast (58.54), and Seidt was seventh in the 100 back (54.58).
"I was glad to see us do well as a team and that our hard work was paying off," Aurnou-Rhees said. "I think (the performance) gives us confidence because we know what we are capable of doing."
Hockey team ranked eighth in state
The hockey team was ranked eighth in last week's state poll behind top-ranked Cleveland St. Ignatius.
The Cardinals won three of their first five games in 2020 and are 16-6-2 overall and 7-2 in the CHC-Red Division. CHC-Red rivals Upper Arlington (second) and Olentangy Liberty (sixth) also were ranked last week.
UA (12-0, 24 points) leads the CHC-Red with Liberty (7-2-2, 16) in second and St. Charles (14 points) in third.
Diego Pitones has nine goals in league play for the Cardinals, followed by Marco Giambrone with seven and Nick Currie and Myles McKinney with five each. Owen Zimmerman has six assists.
Basketball team remains in CCL race
The basketball team has won five consecutive games and is 10-5 overall after defeating Chillicothe 54-51 on Jan. 20.
The Cardinals are 3-1 in the CCL, trailing DeSales (5-0).
St. Charles defeated Ready 70-57 on Jan. 10 in league play as Doogie James had 17 points and three of the team's 10 3-pointers. Vic Searls had 12 points, Jared Frey scored 11 with three 3s and Josh Whiteside added 11 in his final game of the season.
Whiteside transferred from Gahanna and must sit out the remainder of the season because of OHSAA rules.
Below are the coming schedules for the St. Charles basketball, bowling, hockey, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 24 -- Home vs. Watterson. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 72-32 on Dec. 13.
*Jan. 24 -- Hamilton Township at Holiday Lanes
*Jan. 27 -- Watterson at Holiday Lanes
*Jan. 29 -- Columbus East at Holiday Lanes
*Jan. 24 -- New Albany at OhioHealth Ice Haus
*Jan. 25 -- Cincinnati Moeller at Northland Ice Center
*Jan. 26 -- Dublin Coffman at Chiller Dublin
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 24 -- Home vs. DeSales and Watterson
Jan. 25 -- CCL meet at home
*Jan. 23 -- Home vs. DeSales and Watterson
*Jan. 29 -- At Hartley with Ready