The race wasn't of any significance to the Columbus School for Girls swimming and diving team, but that didn't matter to Jordan Aurnou-Rhees.
The Unicorns had clinched their seventh consecutive league title midway through the MSL meet Jan. 25 at Columbus Academy. However, the Tennessee commit wasn't about to let up in the meet's final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Aurnou-Rhees erased a sizable deficit to Academy's Lauren Klinefelter on the final leg to give CSG the sweep of the three relay events. She teamed with Riley Murphy, Julianne Aslaner and Ava Fortney to win the 400 free relay in 4 minutes, 47.77 seconds, ahead of runner-up Academy (4:49.68).
"I was probably around three body lengths behind when I started (the final leg of the 400 free relay), but we had won the first two relays and we wanted to win them all," Aurnou-Rhees said. "All three -- Riley, Julianne and Ava -- did a great job keeping us in the race, and I wanted to do it for them.
"I tried to focus on the areas that get lost in the (race) like the turns underwater, the kicking. Then as I got farther through the race, I knew I could go for it."
Aurnou-Rhees and Fortney joined Nyah Funderburke and Olivia Morse on the winning 200 medley relay (pool-record 1:49.14), while Funderburke, Cosette Persall, Morse and Lauren Dittrick comprised the first-place 200 free relay (1:42.32).
Aurnou-Rhees also won the 200 individual medley (2:08.11) and 100 butterfly (57.96), while Funderburke was first in both the 50 free (24.34) and 100 free (54.32) and Fortney won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.34).
CSG totaled 393 points in its first MSL meet to finish well ahead of runner-up Academy (224). Grandview (158), Bexley (123) and Liberty Union (102) rounded out the top five as 15 teams scored.
The Unicorns had won the past six CCL titles.
"I thought (the MSL competition) was great," Aurnou-Rhees said. "In the CCL, we had some classic rivalries that we had been battling out for years. It's nice to change it up in my senior year. It allows us to see where we fit in a bigger scheme of things.
"It feels like sectional. As of now, I swam my sectional lineup. It feels like next weekend should be district, but it is not. We still have to get ready for that."
The Unicorns are training this week to compete in a Division II sectional Feb. 8 at Academy. The district meet is Feb. 12 at Ohio State.
Basketball team wins three of four games
The girls basketball team had won three of four games and was 8-7 overall and 4-7 in the MSL-Ohio Division before playing Wellington on Jan. 28.
Veronica Ross and Lauren Sloan both scored seven points as the host Unicorns defeated Academy 28-24 on Jan. 24 in league competition. CSG outscored the Vikings 10-3 in the final quarter to secure the win.
Kayden Edwards hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as CSG defeated host New Hope Christian 41-39 on Jan. 21. Eva Nicolosi led the Unicorns with 11 points and Sloan scored eight.
The Unicorns play host to Fredericktown on Thursday, Jan. 30, before playing an MSL-Ohio contest Saturday, Feb. 1, at home against Bexley. They then will play host to Horizon Science on Tuesday, Feb. 4.