The Wilmington High School girls swim team will look to defend their South Central Ohio League championship Saturday evening at the Wilmington College Natatorium.
The SCOL 2016 Swimming Championship Meet will begin 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the WC campus.
Last season, the Lady Hurricane were easy winners in their first SCOL championship meet. Final team scoring in 2015 was Wilmington 402, Washington 225, Miami Trace 202, McClain 143, Chillicothe 139, Hillsboro 105, Clinton-Massie 73.
On the boys side, Chillicothe is the reigning champion. Last year’s boys standings were Chillicothe 262, Wilmington 261, McClain 218, Miami Trace 206, Washington 180, Clinton-Massie 123, Hillsboro 22.
The Cavaliers led the whole way but the Hurricane were never far behind. However, WHS was never able to get a lead.
In 2015, Austin Carey anchored two winning relays — the free free and the 200 free — in addition to winning the individual 400 free and 100 breaststroke events.
For the WHS girls squad, it was the first league swimming championship since 2003.
Ali Dooley was first last year in the 100 breast and second in the 200 individual medley. She also was part of the winning 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams.
Clinton County swimmers are well represented in the SCOL record books.
In fact, Carey has the 500 free and 100 breast records from a year ago. His 500 free time is 5:25.5 and this 100 breast time is 1:08.67.
Andrew Stewart from Clinton-Massie, who is now swimming at Wilmington College, is the SCOL record holder in the 50 free (22.42) and 100 free (49.98). Both marks were established last season.
Wilmington has two relay records. The 2015 200 free team of Taylor Hodge, Harrison Law, Sam Osborn and Carey were clocked in 1:42.67. The 400 free relay team from 2015 of (Hodge, Law, Osborn, Carey) finished in 3:46.25.
On the girls side, Wilmington’s 2015 200 medley relay team of Alyssa Lewis, Madeline, Schaffer, Jordan Quallen and Brianna Gilbert swam 2:01.62 last season while the 400 free team of Lewis, Dooley, Quallen and Schaffer clocked 4:02.98.
Quallen has the 200 free record at 2:0935 and the 100 butterfly mark at 1:05.83. Schaffer has the 200 IM record 2:18.32 and the 100 backstroke mark 1:01.52. Lewis has the 50 free mark 25.47 and the 100 free record 55.93.
Clinton-Massie’s Gracie Storm went 5:34.54 in the 500 free to set that SCOL mark. CM also has the 200 free relay record of 1:54.78, one of the oldest records on the books set in 2010.
Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.