The Westerville Central boys and girls swimming and diving teams are looking to build momentum from their performances in the OCC-Buckeye Division meet Jan. 25 at Kenyon College.
"We had a great meet all around with many personal bests," coach Ron Staab said. "We are just starting to prepare for our year-end meets. We swam to three first places and several runner-up positions in both individual events and relays. We are feeling good about where we are as a team and look forward to the next couple of weeks."
Kiah Smith and Macey Swearingen led the girls in the league meet. Smith won the 50-yard freestyle (25.12 seconds) and was second in the 100 butterfly (1:00.65), and Swearingen won the 100 free (54.08) and was second in the 100 backstroke (59.06).
Smith, Swearingen, Sophie Antonetz and Ashley Hockstok won the 400 free relay (3:46.21), and Smith, Swearingen, Antonetz and Chloe Stefan-Adams were second in the 200 free relay (1:43.4).
Antonetz was fourth in the 50 free (26.63) and 100 fly (1:05.48).
Central finished fourth (295) behind Olentangy Liberty (466), Olentangy Orange (312) and Olentangy (296) and ahead of Westerville North (284) and Westerville South (271).
For the boys, Luke Radecki, Grant Radecki, Luke Burky and Nick Van Allen were third in the 200 free relay (1:41.38), and Luke Radecki was sixth in the 100 fly (58.28) and seventh in the 50 free (24.79).
The Warhawks finished sixth (173) behind Liberty (688), North (315), Orange (268), Olentangy (245) and South (175).
Central will begin the postseason by competing in a Division I sectional Feb. 8 at Thomas Worthington.
Boys team remains in league title chase
The boys basketball team is still in pursuit of an OCC-Buckeye title.
The Warhawks are 12-5 overall and tied for third in the league with North at 4-3. South and Liberty are tied for first at 5-2.
Central defeated Orange 72-60 on Jan. 24 as Tasos Cook led a balanced attack with 21 points. Quincy Clark scored 17, M.J. Davis had 13 and Tyler Beckel added 11.
Will LeMaire scored 12 points and Clark and Cook each had 11 in a 54-51 loss to Pickerington Central on Jan. 21.
"Our group continues to work each day to improve," coach Kevin Martin said. "We played some good basketball, in spurts, against Pickerington Central. We gave ourselves a chance to win that game. We just couldn't make a few plays down the stretch to put us over the top.
"I really liked our team's approach in practice leading up to the Orange game and we finally played a really good first half of basketball. I still think we have growth with this group and continue to work to be playing our best basketball as the regular season winds down."
Bowling teams secure titles
The girls bowling team has wrapped up a pair of division titles, finishing first in the COHSBC-A at 10-0 and in the OCC-Buckeye at 6-0.
The Warhawks defeated South 2,106-1,766 on Jan. 21 at Columbus Square Bowling Palace as Payton Hartgrove led with a 430 two-game series, followed by Reace Gonzalez (405) and Stephanie Showalter (381).
The boys team has won the OCC-Buckeye title at 7-0 and secured at least a share of the COHSBC-A title at 10-1. Orange was 9-1 before playing New Albany on Jan. 28.
The Warhawks defeated South 2,661-2,187 as Dominic Ferroni led with a 525 series, followed by Kyle Richardson (447) and Zack Smock (428).
Below are the coming schedules for the Central boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 31 -- Home vs. Olentangy. The Warhawks defeated the Braves 63-60 in double overtime Dec. 20.
Feb. 4 -- At Gahanna
*Jan. 31 -- Home vs. Olentangy. The Warhawks lost to the Braves 67-28 on Dec. 20.
Feb. 4 -- Home vs. Gahanna
Feb. 3 -- At Hilliard Darby with Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Davidson and Dresden Tri-Valley
*Jan. 30 -- Home vs. Olentangy Liberty