Swimming/Diving schedule & results
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Leading the list of expected returnees for the girls is junior Carrie Horan, who placed 15th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 6.41 seconds) in the Division I state meet that concluded Feb. 28 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Also at state, Horan teamed with freshman Cecilia Moore, senior Alicia Margello and junior Jenna Durham to finish 17th in the 200 medley relay (1:50.45) and teamed with Moore, freshman Julia St. John and Durham to tie for 19th in the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.87).
Boys -- Second in CCL, second at sectional, fourth at district, did not score at state;
Girls -- Second in CCL, second at sectional, ninth at district, 54th at state
•Seniors lost: Boys -- Isaiah Mefferd; Girls -- Taylor Brown, Lucy Kayuha, Alicia Margello, Becca McManamon and Nichole O'Connell
•Key returnees: Boys -- Thomas Clark, David Coss, Perry Finnegan and Austin Leahy; Girls -- Jenna Durham, Carrie Horan, Cecilia Moore and Julia St. John
ThisWeek News 3.2.15 - Horan leads girls swimmers at state - Carrie Horan of the girls swimming and diving team placed 15th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 6.41 seconds in the Division I state meet that concluded Feb. 28 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
The junior also teamed with freshman Cecilia Moore, senior Alicia Margello and junior Jenna Durham to finish 17th in the 200 medley relay (1:50.45) and with Moore, freshman Julia St. John and Durham to tie for 19th in the 200 free relay (1:39.87).
The Eagles scored two points to finish 54th at state behind champion Upper Arlington (285) as 55 teams scored.
Thomas Clark was the lone state qualifier for the boys team. The freshman finished 22nd in the 500 free (4:54.99) in the Division II meet that concluded Feb. 27 at Branin Natatorium.
Left to right: Cecilia Moore, Carrie Horan, Alicia Margello, Taylor Brown
Girls Swimming State Prelims
Carrie Horan, Cecelia Moore, Alicia Margello, Taylor Brown, Jenna Durham and Julia St. John competed in the 200 free and 200 medley relays at the state prelims in Canton on 2/27/15.
200 Free resuts:
#19 Watterson 1:40.32 1:39.87
1) Carrie Horan JR 2) Cecilia Moore FR 3) Julia St. John FR 4) Jenna Durham JR
200 Medley results:
#17 Watterson 1:50.48 1:50.45
1) Cecilia Moore FR 2) Alicia Margello SR 3) Carrie Horan JR 4) Jenna Durham JR
OHSAA results click here.
Thomas Clark competed in the 500 free on 2/26/15 in the OHSAA Boys Swimming State Prelims in Canton.
500 Free results:
#22 4:58.81 4:54.99
Thomas Clark FR Watterson
OHSAA results, click here.
ThisWeek News 2/26/15 - Clark heading to state swim meet
ThisWeek News 2/24/15 - Ten girls swimmers advance to district
Congratulations to the boys and girls swim teams, which both finished second in their respective sectionals meet of the Ohio High School State Championship on Saturday, Feb. 14 in Upper Arlington.
The top individual finishers for the girls team included Carrie Horan, who placed third in the 100 breast and Cecilia Moore, who finished third in the 100 back. All three of the BWHS girls relay teams (200 free, 400 free and 200 medley relays) finished in second place at the sectionals meet. A total of 10 Bishop Watterson girls have qualified to swim in individual events at the Ohio Division I Districts girls championship, to be held at Ohio University at 2:30 PM on Saturday, Feb. 21., including Horan, Moore, Julia St. John, Jenna Dunham, Alicia Margello, Kaleigh O’Reilly, Taylor Brown, Amanda Springer, and Mae Welty.
Top individual finishers for the boys team included several first place finishers -- Perry Finnegan in the 50 free and the 100 free, Isaiah Mefford in the 100 back, and Thomas Clark in the 500 free and 100 fly. Two of the boys relay teams (200 free and 200 medley) also finished in first place at the sectionals meet. A total of six Bishop Watterson boys have qualified to swim in individual events at the Ohio Division II Districts boys championships, to be held at Ohio University at 10 AM Friday, Feb. 20., including Clark, Mefford, Finnegan, David Coss, Matt Clark and Austin Leahy.
Parry Finnegan--50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay and 200 medley relay
David Coss--50 free, 100 free, 200 and 400 free relay
Isaiah Mefferd--100 free, 100 back, 200 free and medley relay
Thomas Clark--500 free, 100 fly, 200 free and medley relay
Matt Clark--100 back, 100 fly, and 400 free relay
Austin Leahy--100 breast, 200 IM, 400 free and 200 medley relay
Daniel Cobb--400 free relay
Boys swim at Ohio University 10 AM Friday, Feb. 20.
Julia St. John--50 free, 100 free, 200 and 400 free relay
Jenna Durham--100 free, 100 fly, 200 and 400 free relay
Alicia Margello--100 free, 100 breast, 200 free and medley relay
Taylor Brown--100 free, 100 back, 400 free and 200 medley relay
Kaleigh O'Reilly--500 free, 200 IM
Maddie Penn--500 free
Cecelia Moore--100 back, 200 IM, 200 medley and 400 free relay
Carrie Horan--100 Breast, 100 fly, 200 medley and 200 free relay
Amanda Springer--100 breast
Mae Welty--200 IM
Girls swim at Ohio University 2:30 PM Saturday, Feb. 21.
Girls swim team 200 medley relay finish second in the CCL
Left to right: Cecilia Moore, Carrie Horan, Alicia Margello, Taylor Brown
Boys swim team finish second in the CCL
Left to right: Perry Finnegan, Thomas Clark, Isaiah Mefferd, Austin Leahy
The girls swimming and diving team finished second (347 points) in the CCL meet Jan. 31, behind host Columbus School for Girls (409) and ahead of Hartley (200) and DeSales (149).
It was Watterson's second consecutive second-place finish after winning seven league titles in a row.
Carrie Horan won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 8.2 seconds and Cecilia Moore won the 100 backstroke (1:01.37).
Placing second were Moore, Alicia Margello, Horan and Taylor Brown in the 200 medley relay (1:54.81), Julia St. John in the 50 freestyle (25.9), Margello in the 100 breast (1:11.57) and 100 free (56.03), Brown, Horan, Jenna Durham and St. John in the 200 free relay (1:44.33) and St. John, Moore, Durham and Margello in the 400 free relay (3:50.11).
The boys team also finished second (224.5) in the CCL meet, behind St. Charles (510) and ahead of Hartley (205.5), DeSales (63) and Ready (8).
Isaiah Mefferd won the 100 back (58.19) and Thomas Clark won the 500 free (5:05.58).
Placing second were Clark in the 100 butterfly (55.1), Perry Finnegan in the 50 free (24.02) and Mefferd, Austin Leahy, Clark and Finnegan in the 200 medley relay (1:45.9).
2015 CCL results, click here.
ThisWeek News 1/22/15 - Knee injuries can't slow Eagles' Mefferd
Congrats Eagle Divers! Becca McManamon 2nd, Maggie Smerdel 3rd, Julie Ruegg 4th, @ Delaware Invitational.
ThisWeek News 1/6/15 - Carrie Horan won the 100-yard butterfly and 100 breaststroke to lead the Watterson girls swimming and diving team to victory in the 11-team Delaware County Classic on Jan. 3, at Ohio Wesleyan.
Front Row: Mae Welty, Catherine Segreto, Maggie Smerdel, Sloane Daily, Gavy Pitones, Becca McManamon, Ana Livecchi, Mia Simone, Jenna Durham, Anna Green
Second Row: Asst. Coach Megan Shubitowski, Julia Ruegg, Nichole O’Connell, Carrie Horan, Kierstin Davis, Hanna Dondero, Amanda Springer, Taylor Brown, Caroline Sugar, Cecilia Moore, Head Coach Megan Downing
Third Row: Tabitha Pangalangan, Julia St. John, Brenna Kenney, Sara Dowler, Lucy Kayuha, Maddie Penn, Alicia Margello, Claire Dougherty, Jessica Williams
Last Row: Daniel Cobb, Matthew Benson, Austin Leahy, Matthew Clark, Isaiah Mefferd, Joseph Heutel, Perry Finnegan, Thomas Clark, David Coss
Taylor Brown, Isaiah Mefferd, Joseph Heutel, Lucy Kayuha
ThisWeek News 3.20.14 - Girls swim team losing Grubbe
Alicia Margello of Watterson competes in the 200-yard medley relay at thThisWeek News 3.20.14 - Girls swim team losing Grubbee Division I state meet on Feb. 21 at Ohio State. Margello, a junior, is expected to be among the top returnees next season for the Eagles, who finished second in the CCL.
SWIMMING & DIVING: • Finishes: Boys -- Fourth in CCL, fourth at sectional, 37th at district; Girls -- Second in CCL, second at sectional, 12th at district
•Seniors lost: Boys -- None; Girls -- Allie Clark, Rachel Dawson, Madeline Grubbe, Josie Klepec, Abby Mefferd, Kathryn Morrice and Kristen Zulliger
•Key returnees: Boys -- Michael Carmody, Daniel Cobb, Joseph Heutel, Austin Leahy and Isaiah Mefferd; Girls -- Taylor Brown, Carrie Horan and Alicia Margello
Results click here - Division I state swim and dive meet Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, at Branin Natatorium in Canton
Congratulations to the following 2014 State Qualifiers - Individual Qualifier:
Maddi Grubbe - 100 Back
200 Medley Relay
Maddi Grubbe - Back
Alicia Margello - Breast
Carrie Horan - Fly
Taylor Brown - Free
Molly DeSantis and Jenna Durham
STATE QUALIFIERS left to right: Maddi Grubbe, Taylor Brown, Alicia Margello and Carrie Horan
DISTRICT QUALIFIERS left to right: Jenna Durham, Alicia Margello, Kaleigh O'Reilly, Molly DeSantis, Maddi Grubbe, Taylor Brown and Carrie Horan
ThisWeek News 2.18.14 Grubbe, relay advance to state in swimming
Swim District Results click here
Swim District Qualifiers: Boys Friday 14 Feb 2:30 PM at OSU
Austin Leahy--100 Breast
Girls Saturday 15 Feb 2:30 PM at OSU:
Jenna Durham--50 Free
Taylor Brown--100 Free
Kayleigh O'Reilly--500 Free, 200 IM
Maddi Grubbe--100 Back, 200 IM
Molly DeSantis--100 Back, 200 IM
Carrie Horan, Alicia Margello--100 Breast
Alicia Margello--200 IM
200 Free Relay Team: Molly DeSantis, Alicia Margello, Jenna Durham, Carrie Horan
(alternates: Margello, Welty)
400 Free Relay Team: Taylor Brown, Molly DeSantis, Alicia Margello, Maddi Grubbe (alternates: Durham, Welty, O'Reilly)
200 Medley Relay Team: Maddi Grubbe, Carrie Horan, Alicia Margello, Taylor Brown (alternates: Durham, DeSantis)
The girls swimming and diving team place second in the CCL meet Jan. 25 at St. Charles. Results: Columbus School for Girls (442), Watterson (319), Hartley (193), DeSales (170) and Ready (32).
The boys team finished fourth (54) in the CCL meet behind St. Charles (481), Hartley (249) and DeSales (120).
Row 1: Kristen Zulliger, Josie Klepec, Maddi Grubbe, Rachel Dawson, Abby Mefferd, Allie Clark, Kathryn Morrice
Row 2: Head Swim Coach Megan Downing, Austin Leahy, Megan Davidson, Nichole O’Connell, Daniel Cobb, Lucy Kayuha, Jenna Durham, Maddie Penn, Michael Carmody, Head Dive Coach Megan Shubitowski
Row 3: Jessica Lorenz, Alicia Margello, Mae Welty, Carrie Horan, Sara Dowler, Claire Dougherty, Hannah Hammon, Brenna kenney, Nicki Stephan
Row 4: Maggie Smerdel, Julia Ruegg, Sloane Daily, Mia Simone, Isaiah Mefferd, Hanna Dondero, Abby Mogan, Ellie Bullock, Becca McMananmon
Quinn Fike, Maddi Grubbe, Carrie Horan & Sam Schuttinger
Max McClelland, Isaiah Mefferd, Noah Oliver, Jack Preston & Michael Schwartz
Taylor Brown, Aly Francis, Maddi Grubbe, Camey Rabold, Michele Rielly & Sam Schuttinger
Max McClelland, Isaiah Mefferd, Noah Oliver, Jack Preston & Michael Schwartz,
Taylor Brown, Rachel Dawson, Molly DeSantis, Quinn Fike, Hanna Hammon, Carrie Horan, Alicia Margello, Kaleigh O’Reilly, Maddie Penn, Sam Schuttinger & Bailey Williams
MVP, Sam Magee
Top Forward, Zac McKenna
Top Defenseman, Henry Buster
Rookie of the Year, Noah Slade
Most Improved, Tim Smyke
Playmaker Award, Grant Stover
Sportmanship Award, Denis McPhillips
Scholar Athlete, Bobby Bryant
MVP, Maddie Grubbe
Most Improved, Quinn Fike
Coach’s Award, Sam Schuttinger
Sportmanship Award, Rachel Dawson
Scholar Athlete, Caroline Lieser
Division I state meet Feb. 21-22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton
200 Medley Relay 10th - Madeline Grubbe, Carrie Horan, Sam Schuttinger, Josephine Fike
100 Back - Madeline Grubbe - 19th in prelims
100 Breast - Carrie Horan - 20th in prelims
Results click here.
ThisWeek News: 2.27.13
Girls relay places 10th at state meet
The girls swimming and diving team was represented in the Division I state meet that concluded Feb. 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton in three events.
The 200-yard medley relay of Madeline Grubbe, Carrie Horan, Sam Schuttinger and Josephine Fike placed 10th in a program-record 1 minute, 48.16 seconds.
Grubbe placed 19th in the 100 backstroke (58.75) and Horan finished 20th in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.13).
"I wasn't on the relay at the beginning (of the season)," Fike said. "I just joined (it) at district (Feb. 16 at Ohio State). We broke our school record there and we re-broke it (at state). We honestly didn't see this coming, but it's amazing."
Watterson scored 14 points at state to finish 34th, behind champion Cincinnati Ursuline (234) as 55 teams scored.
ThisWeek News: 2.19.13 Four girls advance to state swim meet
The girls swimming and diving team qualified for the Division I state meet Thursday, Feb. 21, through Saturday, Feb. 22, at Branin Natatorium in Canton in a relay and two individual events.
Madeline Grubbe, Carrie Horan, Sam Schuttinger and Josephine Fike finished third in the 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 48.82 seconds) in the district meet Feb. 16 at Ohio State and are seeded 13th for state.
Grubbe placed fifth in the 100 backstroke (57.87) and is seeded 17th for state, and Horan finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.82) and is seeded 22nd.
The top two placers in each swimming event at district automatically advanced to state. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top four girls divers also advanced to state.
Watterson scored 111 points at district to place 10th, behind champion Upper Arlington (491) as 24 teams scored.
The boys team scored 112 points to finish sixth in the Division II district meet Feb. 15 at Ohio State, behind champion Granville (332) as 36 teams scored.
Watterson did not have any state qualifiers.
Isaiah Mefferd led the Eagles, placing third in the 100 back (personal-best 56.0) and eighth in the 100 butterfly (55.72).
"I dropped a lot of time (3.8 seconds) in my 100 back, so I'm really happy with that race," he said.
Mefferd also teamed with Michael Schwartz, Noah Oliver and Jack Preston to place fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:33.55).
"Our biggest highlight was our 400 free relay because we dropped six seconds," Schwartz said. "We all did phenomenal and dropped time in our last meet of the season."
State Qualifiers Results - www.swimmeet.com, www.OHSAA.org
Below are members of the Watterson boys and girls swimming and diving teams who did not advance to state:
Boys -- Austin Leahy: 100 breast (1:12.89, 25th); Nicky DiCarlo: diving (277.7, third); Isaiah Mefferd: 100 back (56.0, third), 100 fly (55.72, eighth); Max McClelland: 50 free (24.93, 23rd), 100 back (1:06.5, 23rd); Noah Oliver: 200 free (2:00.84, 13th); Jack Preston: 100 breast (1:12.64, 24th); Michael Swartz: 50 free (23.93, 11th), 100 free (52.69, 10th); 200 medley relay (1:58.69, 17th); 400 free relay (3:33.55, fourth); 200 free relay (1:37.07, eighth)
Girls -- Taylor Brown: 50 free (26.01, 23rd), 100 free (56.66, 21st); Molly DeSantis: 100 breast (1:15.66, 29th); Jenna Duram: 50 free (26.24, 26th), 100 free (58.25, 29th); Josephine Fike: 50 free (25.61, 15th), 100 back (1:01.74, 14th); Madeline Grubbe: 200 IM (2:09.84, seventh); Carrie Horan: 100 fly (1:01.04, 18th); Josie Klepec: diving (219.55, 17th); Alicia Margello: 100 breast (1:11.65, 20th); Becca McManamon: diving (208.9, 20th); Kaleigh O'Reilly: 200 IM (2:25.99, 29th); Sam Schuttinger: 200 free (1:56.40, eighth), 100 free (55.12, 17th); Maggie Valachovic: diving (210.8, 19th); Kristen Zullinger: diving (124, 22nd); 400 free relay (3:46.49, 11th); 200 free relay (1:42.78, 11th)
Feb. 15 -- Boys: Division II district at Ohio State. The top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to state Feb. 20-22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top boys diver advances to state.
Feb. 16 -- Girls: Division I district at Ohio State. The top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to state Feb. 21-23 at Branin Natatorium. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top four divers advance to state.
BWHS swam in the sectional meet Saturday, Feb. 9, at Upper Arlington. The girls were runners-up in D-I, scoring 185 points and coming in behind the champion Golden Bears (463). The boys finished third (214) in D-II.
Medley Relay 3rd
200 Free Relay 12th
400 Free Relay 11th
100 Back (alt)
Medley Relay 21st
200 Free Relay 9th
400 Free Relay 3rd
Below are the district qualifiers with sectional time and district seeds for the Watterson boys and girls swimming teams:
Austin Leahy: 100 breast (1:15.11, 29th); Isaiah Mefferd: 100 back (59.8, seventh), 100 fly (57.51, eighth); Max McClelland: 50 free (25.1, 22nd), 100 back (1:06.55, 18th); Noah Oliver: 200 free (2:01.8, 12th); Jack Preston: 100 breast (1:14.15, 24th); Michael Swartz: 50 free (23.89, ninth), 100 free (53.16, ninth); 200 free relay (1:40.64, ninth); 400 free relay (3:39.54, third); 200 medley relay (2:00.86, 21st)
Taylor Brown: 50 free (25.86, 15th), 100 free (57.06, 20th); Molly DeSantis: 100 breast (1:15.27, 29th); Jenna Duram: 50 free (18th, 26.22), 100 free (58.14, 29th); Josephine Fike: 50 free (25.78, 14th), 100 back (1:02.98, 13th); Madeline Grubbe: 200 IM (2:19, 15th), 100 back (1:01.12, fifth); Carrie Horan: 100 fly (1:01.26, ninth), 100 breast (1:08.02, first); Alicia Margello: 100 breast (1:12.74, 17th); Kaleigh O'Reilly: 200 IM (2:24.4, 27th); Samantha Schuttinger: 200 free (1:59.39, eighth), 100 free (55.67, 10th); 200 medley relay (1:51.93, third); 400 free relay (3:51.06, 11th); 200 free relay (1:46.18, 12th)
The Watterson High School girls swimming and diving team captured its seventh consecutive CCL championship. The Eagles scored 404 points in the league meet Jan. 26 at Columbus School for Girls, to finish ahead of CSG (360), Hartley (210.5), DeSales (158.5) and Ready (1).
The boys swimming and diving team scored 190 points to place third in the CCL meet behind St. Charles (417) and Hartley (234) and ahead of DeSales (174) and Ready (8).
Results click here
Left to right: Austin Leahy, Quinn Fike, Rachel Dawson, Hannah Hammon, Abbie McClelland, Allie Clark, Michael Carmody, Carrie Horan cheer on a swimmer in the 100 back.
The ladies started out by winning the CCL meet with the 200 medley relay (Grubbe, Horan, Schuttinger Fike) and finished the meet with a win in the 400 free relay (Brown, Grubbe, Horan, Schuttinger). Coach Sands said, "we had a ton of great individual swims." Sam Schuttinger won the 100 free with Taylor Brown coming in 2nd, Maddie Grubbe won the 500 free and 200 IM.
Boys and Girls 2012-2103 Swim and Dive Team
Row 1: Lucy Kayuha, Nichole O’Connell, Jenna Durham, Becca McManamon, Ana Livecchi, Gina Livecchi, Alexandra Proca, Josie Klepec, Carrie Horan, Katey Bell, Rachel Dawson
Row 2: Clara Kay, Allie Clark, Kaleigh O’Reilly, Abbie McClelland, Jenna Auber, Megan Davidson, Abby Mefferd, Emily Green, Hanna Dondero, Hannah Hammon
Row 3: Alicia Margello, Madison Durham, Hannah Anthony, Quinn Fike, Kristen Zulliger, Maggie Valachovic, Kara Dockman, Bailey Williams, Molly DeSantis, Madi Staley, Taylor Brown
Row 4: Head Coach John Sands, Caroline Lieser, Austin Leahy, Nicky DiCarlo, Michael Schwartz, Isaiah Mefferd, Noah Oliver, Samantha Schuttinger, Max McClelland, John Preston, Maddie Penn, Michael Carmody
Row 1: Maggie Valachovic, Gina Livecchi and Sam Schuttinger
Row 2: Nick DiCarlo, Michael Schwartz, Noah Oliver and Isaiah Mefferd
As the postseason nears, Watterson High School senior swimmer Sam Schuttinger still is not 100 percent healthy, although that remains her goal. ThisWeek News 1.15.13.
John Sands has made some significant changes since being hired last summer to replace Quintin Ward as coach of the Watterson High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams.
Senior co-captain Sam Schuttinger returns to lead the Watterson girls swimming and diving team after helping the Eagles finish fifth in the Division I state meet last season. ThisWeekNews 12.12.12
Samantha Schuttinger has signed a letter of intent to swimming
at University of South Dakota. more
Bishop Watterson High School is proud to present new swim coach John Sands.
John Sands has been involved in competitive swimming since the age of seven when he started swimming at his local YMCA. John later began swimming year round and eventually swam for Brad Burget & John Coffman at NASC where under Brad’s tutelage he became a seven-time All-America selection and the fastest high school 50-yard freestyler in the country in 2003-04 with a time of 20.19
John was the Ohio High School State Champion in the 50-yard freestyle his senior year, and became the first high school male to become an Ohio State University pool record holder, breaking the 50- yard freestyle record (at the old pool). As a club swimmer, John was a Junior National Champion in the 50 free, and a part of the 17-18 year old age group national record holding 200-meter freestyle relay. John was also a part of relays that won multiple Junior National titles, qualified for Sr. Nationals both individually and as a member of relays and placed top ten individually at the U.S. Open. John graduated from Granville High School in Granville, Ohio in 2004, where he was a 2 time high school team captain and four-time high school team MVP.
John continued his swimming and academic career at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a two year varsity letter winner and member of the ACC scoring team. John was forced to retire after his sophomore year at UNC due to an ankle injury. He graduated from UNC in 2008 with degrees in Political Science and History. John is currently a teacher at Westerville North High School.
John has been coaching competitive swimming since 2002; coaching at Little Turtle Country Club, New Albany Country Club, New Albany Middle School, for the Chapel Hill YMCA Swim Club as well as at NAAC where he coaches the Hurricane and Cyclone Groups. John also serves as head water polo coach for the men's and women's New Albany High School Teams. He has coached all age groups and abilities and is extremely excited to have the opportunity to lead the Bishop Watterson Swim Team.
Ward resigns as coach at Watterson By: AARON BLANKENSHIP - ThisWeek Community News, July 18, 2012
Quintin Ward said there are no other prep programs that he would rather coach more than the Watterson High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams.
All the same, he stepped down as coach on June 15 because his personal schedule has become too busy.
Ward is taking classes at Ohio State in an effort to earn a business degree, and sales in his family business, Top That Pretzels, have increased.
"This was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make, but something had to give, and I got to the point where I just felt like I can no longer dedicate the time to these teams that they deserve," Ward said. "I spent seven years coaching these teams, three as an assistant and four as the head coach, and I'm really going to miss it.
"But I'm sure there are going to be a lot of good candidates applying for the job because our girls team is looking very strong and our boys team is heading in the right direction."
Each season during Ward's four-year tenure as head coach, the girls team won the CCL championship and placed second in both the Division I sectional meet at Upper Arlington and the district meet behind UA.
UA has won eight consecutive state titles.In the 2008-09 season,
Watterson finished second (167) in the state meet behind UA (349), as Gracie Finnegan won state titles in the 50-yard freestyle (23.33 seconds) and 100 free (50.47).
The following season, the Eagles finished second (186) at state behind UA (295), as Finnegan won state titles in both the 50 free (23.2) and 100 free (50.06) for a third consecutive year. Also at state that year, Camey Rabold, Michele Rielly, Samantha Schuttinger and Finnegan combined to win the 200 free relay (1:35.08) ahead of UA (1:35.97) and the 400 free relay (3:27.09) ahead of UA (3:29.67).
The Eagles finished fourth (143) at state behind UA (286), Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (212) and Cincinnati Turpin (188) in the 2010-11 season and placed fifth (132) at state behind champion UA (300.5) last season. Also last season, Rabold won the 200 free in a program-record 1:49.52.
"I was fortunate to work with high-level athletes and the biggest highlight was seeing them accomplish their goals," Ward said. "Our boys team's numbers have dwindled, but all of our boys have improved each season. Our girls team finished in the top five at state each of the past four years and you can't ask for much more than that.
"Watterson athletics director Mike Roark said he is in the process of interviewing candidates and hopes to fill Ward's position soon."Quintin did a great job of stepping in and leading this program," Roark said. "We've already received a number of applicants."
Girls D-1 Swimming and Diving Team 5th in the State, District Runner-up, CCL Champions
Camey Rabold - 200 Freestyle State Champion
SNP News - Rabold leads Watterson's successful state meet
Left to right: 1) Camey Rabold - 200 Freestyle State Champ
2) Samantha Schuttinger, Camey Rabold, Michele Rielly and
Aly Francis - 200 Freestyle Relay - Runner-up
Left to right: Madison Durham, Taylor Brown, Camey Rabold, Michele Rielly
State Championship Final - C.T. Branin Natatorium - Canton, OH Saturday, February 25, 2012
Meet results from swimmeet.com click here, OHSAA results click here Team scores: 1. Upper Arlington (300), 2. Cincinnati Ursuline (233), 3. Cincinnati Turpin (140), 4, Centerville (134), 5. Bishop Watterson (132)
50 Freestyle Michele Rielly (Sr) 23.72 - 4th
200 Freestyle Camey Rabold (Sr) 1:49.52 - 1st
100 Backstroke Camey Rabold (Sr) 55.59 - 3rd
and Michele Rielly (Sr) 55.69 - 4th
200 Freestyle Relay - 2nd
1:34.97 - A. Francis 24.24 S. Schuttinger 24.78 C. Rabold 23.15 M. Rielly 22.80
400 Freestyle Relay - 3rd
3:30.55 - A. Francis 25.47 28.06 S. Schuttinger 25.02 28.67 M. Rielly 24.30 27.45 C. Rabold 24.56 27.02
Watterson girls swim team members display their D-I district runner-up plaque, which they shared with Thomas Worthington, Feb. 18 at Ohio State. Photo courtesy of SNP News by Craig James.
Left to right: Asst. Coach Paige Kaple, Camey Rabold, Head Coach Quintin Ward (kneeling), Taylor Brown, Maddi Grubbe, and Michele Rielly.
Results from February 24 State Prelims Swimming and Diving competition in Canton:
50 Free Michele Rielly 2nd Aly Francis 18th
100 Free Samantha Schuttinger 23rd
200 Free Camey Rabold 1st
100 Back Camey Rabold 4th Michele Rielly 6th
200 Free Relay 2nd Aly Francis, Camey Rabold, Taylor Brown and Michele Rielly
400 Free Relay 3rd Aly Francis, Michele Rielly, Samantha Schuttinger and Camey Rabold
200 Medley Relay 23rd Aly Francis, Maddi Grubbe, Samantha Schuttinger and Taylor Brown
The top 16 from the preliminaries swim Saturday beginning at 4PM. The top 8 compete in the Championship Flight and 9-16 compete in the Consolation Flight.
Points are earned for all sixteen finishers.
SNP News click here.
The lady Eagles will take part in the state meet Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Qualifiers - Michele Reilly, Aly Francis, Camey Rabold, Sam Schuttinger, Maddie Grubbe, Taylor Brown. Alternates - Alicia Margello, Jenny Bell.
District Results from Feb. 17-18, at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The following girls qualified:
50 Free: Michele Rielly 2nd and Aly Francis 18th
100 Free. Samantha Schuttinger 21st
200 Free. Camey Rabold 2nd
100 Back. Michele Rielly 2nd and Camey Rabold 3rd
200 Free Relay 1st - Francis, Rabold, Rielly and Taylor Brown won the 200 free relay (1:36.30) and earned the top seed in the state meet.
400 Free Relay 8th - Francis, Schuttinger, Brown and Rabold were third in the 400 free (3:34.87) and Rielly, Schuttinger, Francis and Maedeline Grubbe placed fifth in the 400 free (1:49.25), both teams moving on to the next round of competition
200 Medley Relay 14th - Michele Reilly, Maddi Grubbe, Sam Schuttinger, Aly Francis
Michael Schwartz, Isaiah Mefferd, Noah Oliver and Jack Preston were in the 400 free relay (eighth, 3:37.29) and Nicky DiCarlo took fourth in the 1-meter dive (266.30).
All Ohio: Taylor Brown, Aly Francis, Camey Rabold, Michele Rielly, Sam Schuttinger
All CCL: Taylor Brown, Aly Francis, Maddi Grubbe, Alicia Margello, Camey Rabold, Michelle Rielly, Sam Schuttinger, Katie Woskobnick
All District: Taylor Brown, Aly Francis, Maddi Grubbe, Camey Rabold, Michele Rielly, Sam Schuttinger
MVP: Camey Rabold, Michele Rielly
Most Improved: Lucy Kayuha
Coach’s Award: Rachel Dawson
Scholar Athlete: Lauren Hucek
MVP: Kristen Zulliger
Most Improved: Katey Bell
Most Promising: Becca McManamon
All CCL: Isaiah Mefferd
All District: Isaiah Mefferd, Noah Oliver, Jack Preston, Michael Schwartz
MVP: Noah Oliver
Most Improved: Tim Rettig
Coach’s Award: Tim Rettig
Scholar Athlete: Tim Rettig
Boys and Girls Swimming District Qualifiers:
Isaiah Mefferd. 100 fly and 100 free
Noah Oliver. 200 and 500 free
Michael Schwartz. 50 and 100 free
Jack Preston 100 breast
200 and 400 free relay teams
Diving: Nicky DiCarlo
Michele Rielly 50 free and 100 back
Camey Rabold 100 back and 200 free
Samantha Schuttinger 100 and 200 free
Aly Francis 50 free
Madeline Grubbe 100 back
Taylor Brown 50 free
Alicia Margello 100 breast
200 Medley Relay
200 free relay
400 free relay
SWIMMING & DIVING - ThisWeek Newspapers
Feb. 4 — Boys: Finished sixth (23) in seven-team Upper Arlington Invitational behind champion Upper Arlington (284);
Girls: Tied Grandview for first (257) in six-team Upper Arlington Invitational ahead of runner-up UA (251)
Feb. 11 — Boys: Division II sectional meet at Upper Arlington. There are no automatic qualifiers for the district meet Feb. 17 at Ohio State. Twenty-seven at-large district berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites;
Girls: Division I sectional meet at UA. The winner of each sectional swimming event qualifies for the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths will be awarded in each swimming event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites.
Of note: Divers do not compete until the district meet. The Division II boys competition will be held Feb. 17 and the Division I girls competition will be held Feb. 18.
SNP News 2/14/12 Watterson swam in the sectional meet Saturday, Feb. 11, at Upper Arlington. The girls were runners-up in D-I, scoring 171 points and coming in behind the champion Golden Bears (446). The boys finished third (159.5) in D-II.
District qualifiers for the ladies include Camey Rabold in the 100-yard backstroke (first, 58.41) and the 200 freestyle (second, 1:55.61); Michelle Rielly in the 50 free (first, 24.45) and 100 backstroke (fourth, 59.35); Sam Schuttinger in the 100 free (sixth, 55.71) and 200 free (seventh, 2:01.00); Madeline Grubbe in the 200 individual medley (2:21.40) and 100 back (11th, 1:03.42); Taylor Brown in the 50 free (11th, 26.60); and the 200 free (second, 1:40.44), 400 free (third, 3:44.85) and 200 medley (third, 1:54.58) relay teams.
The boys advanced Isaiah Mefferd in the 100 free (first, 51.85) and the 100 butterfly (first, 57.87); Noah Oliver in the 500 free (first, 5:28.31) and 200 free (2:02.77); Michael Schwartz in the 50 free (second, 24.07) and 100 free (fourth, 53.67); and Jack Preston in the 100 breaststroke (second, 1:11.86). The 200 free (third, 1:39.94) and 400 free (third, 3:46.55) relay teams also moved on.
ThisWeek News 2/20/12 - Watterson girls turn focus on state swim meet
ThisWeek News 2/1/12 - BWHS girls swim to sixth consecutive CCL title
SNP News - Watterson makes its presence felt at CCL swimming
ThisWeek News 1/19/12 - Strategy sparks Rabold's success in poll
Girls 2011 Division I - 4th in the State (2nd 200 free and 4th 400 free), District Runner-up and CCL Champions
Girls 2010 Division I State Swimming Champions
2011 Lady Eagle Swimmers place 4th in the state meet!
- Camey Rabold - 2nd in 200 free, 3rd in 100 back
- Emily Boone - 13th in 200 IM and 6th in 100 fly
- Sam Schuttinger - 6th in both the 200 and 500 free
- Michele Rielly - 14th in the 50 free
- 200 free relay - 2nd in a school record 1:35.03 (Rabold, Rielly, Francis, Schuttinger)
- 400 free relay - 4th (Boone, Rielly, Schuttinger, Rabold)
2010 Division I State Champions
- Gracie Finnegan won four swimming titles: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay.
- Camey Rabold, Michele Rielly, Samantha Schuttinger and Gracie Finnegan won 200 free relay and 400 free relay
- Boys State Qualifier - Pat Donohoe
- Girls State Qualifiers - Gracie Finnegan, Camey Rabold, Catie Clark, Mary Whittington, Aly Francis, Samantha Schuttinger, Michelle Rielly, Kate Kozlowski
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