Swimming and Diving (Boys and Girls) | Winter Sports | Bishop Watterson


 Megan Downing, Head Swim Coach megdown@oh.rr.com


Row 1 : Laura Loughlin, Sydni Callahan, Gavrielle Pitones, Catherine Segreto, Renae Reardon, Kajsa Mays, Maivy Ho, Julia Burke, Emily Kring, Hannah Dietsch
Row 2 : Head Coach Meagan Downing-Teeters, Izzi Hofmeister, Emily Jacknewitz, Regan Abahazie, Julia St. John, Grace Elliott, Kara Urquhart, Amanda Springer, Gabi Greene, Coach: Jamie Kirby
Row 3 : Maura Hickey, Annamaria Hickey, Claire Dougherty, Alyssa O’Sullivan, Margaret Baur, Kelsi Connors, Sara Dowler, Mary Hawkins, Julie Schnell, Elizabeth Intihar, Emily Latshaw
Row 4 : Thomas Clark, Perry Finnegan, Michael Vondran, David Coss, Matthew Huetel, Sam Oliver,
Not Pictures: Asst. Coach Megan Shubitowski



  • Carrie Horan signs a letter of intent to swim at LaSalle University,
  • Jenna Durham signs a letter of intent to swim at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis,
  • Maddie Penn announces her intent to swim at Ohio Wesleyan University, 
    “Bishop Watterson has taught me how to manage my time, organize myself and never give up,” said swimmer Maddie Penn. “Having an opportunity to grow and develop with my teammates has been incredible. Watterson has given me four years to become the person I am today, a person that can and will excel in college.”

Congrats to Thomas Clark on a 4th-place finish in the 100 fly at states!

State swim reults:

  • Thomas Clark finished 4th-place in the 100 fly.
  • Boys medley relay (Matt Clark, Austin Leahy, Thomas Clark, and Perry Finnegan) finished 16th.
  • Thomas Clark finished 16th in 200 IM.
  • Perry Finnegan swam the 50 free in 22.42.
  • Cecilia Moore swam the 100 backstroke in 59.63.
  • Carrie Horan finished 17th in the 100 breaststroke.

ThisWeek News - Clark places fourth at state swim meet
Dispatch High School State Swimming 2/27/16

Thomas Clark makes it to finals in both the 200 IM AND 100 Fly! 16th place in IM and 4th in 100 fly. Boys 200 Medley Relay of Matt Clark, Austin Leahy, Thomas Clark, and Perry Finnegan qualify for finals at States! 15th Place with a 1:41.59. Results click here.
Perry Finnegan, 22.42 in 50 Free.  Results click here

Watterson's Austin Leahy swims his leg of the 200-yard medley relay during the Division II state swimming meet Feb. 26 in Canton. The Eagles finished 16th.

Watterson's Thomas Clark will compete in two individual events and two relays at the Division II state swimming and diving meet, which began Feb. 24 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
ThisWeek News - Clark, Finnegan lead boys team

Cecilia Moore advanced to the Division I state meet with a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at the district meet Feb. 19 at Ohio State.

Heading to the State

L to R:  Austin Leahy, Perry Finnegan, Thomas Clark, Matt Clark, Sam Oliver

The boys qualifiers for the State Meet are the 200 Medley relay of Matt Clark, Austin Leahy, Thomas Clark and Perry Finnegan. Thomas Clark in the 200IM and 100 Fly. Perry Finnegan in the 50 Free. The boys 200 Free relay of Thomas Clark, Sam Oliver, Matt Clark and Perry Finnegan also qualified.

The girls qualifiers for the State Meet are:

Carrie Horan in the 100 Breast

Cecilia Moore in the 100 Back


7th place in the 200 medley relay with a 1:50.38

Below is a video of the boys that one of our mom's put together.



Swimming district results click here.

  • Perry Finnegan 3rd in 50 and 100 free.
  • Matt Clark 15th 200 free and 7th 100 back
  • Austin Leahy 15th 500 free and 10th 100 breast
  • Thomas Clark 1st 100 fly and 3rd 200 IM
  • 200 free relay of Thomas Clark, Sam Oliver, Matt Clark and Perry Finnegan 2nd
  • 200 medley relay of Matt Clark, Austin Leahy, Thomas Clark and Perry Finnegan 2nd. They broke the school record.
  • Carrie Horan 4th in 100 breast
  • Cecilia Moore 4th in 100 back

ThisWeek News Vido 2/20/16 - Watterson's Thomas Clark, Perry Finnegan and Matt Clark discuss their team's success at district.
Below are the members of the Watterson boys and girls swimming and diving teams who competed at district but did not qualify for state:

Boys -- Matt Clark: 200 free (1:58.92, 15th), 100 back (56.68, seventh); Perry Finnegan: 100 free (49.81, third); Austin Leahy: 500 free (5:46.79, 15th), 100 breast (1:06.41, 10th)

Girls -- Sloane Daily: diving (208.95, 20th); Carrie Horan: 200 IM (2:10.52, sixth); Elizabeth Intihar: 500 free (5:20.43, 11th); Kajsa Mays: 200 free (2:04.2, 29th), 500 free (5:36.9, 28th); Cecilia Moore: 200 IM (2:10.53, seventh); Alyssa O'Sullivan: 100 fly (1:03.8, 30th), 100 back (1:03.7, 25th); Julia Ruegg: diving (236.45, 18th); Maggie Smerdel: diving (143.35, 22nd); Amanda Springer: 100 breast (1:12.66, 22nd); Julia St. John: 50 free (25.05, 18th), 100 free (56.38, 29th); 200 medley relay (1:50.38, seventh); 200 free relay (1:39.68, seventh); 400 free relay (3:48.44, 13th)

Varsity Swim and Dive

Row 1: Sloane Daily, Isabelle Hofmeister, Ana Livecchi, Julia Ruegg, Gavrielle Pitones, Laura Loughlin, Maggie Smerdel

Row 2: Head Coach Megan Downing, Catherine Segreto, Emily Latshaw, Caroline Sugar, Amanda Springer, Kaleigh O’Reilly, Kajsa Mays, Asst. Coach Jamie Kirby

Row 3: Julia St. John, Claire Dougherty, Alyssa O’Sullivan, Austin Leahy, Sam Oliver, Mary Hawkins, Tabitha Pangalangan, Elizabeth Intihar

Row 4: Maddie Penn, Matt Clark, Thomas Clark, Perry Pinnegan, David Coss, Kelsi Connors, Sara Dowler

Swimming Captains:  Ana Livecchi, Matt Clark, Austin Leahy, Maddie Penn

Diving Captains:  Maggie Smerdel, Julia Ruegg, Sloane Daily

District swim qualifiers:

Boys Perry Finnegan, Sam Oliver, Matt Clark, Austin Leahy and Thomas Clark will swim Feb 19 at OSU

Girls Julia St. John, Jenna Durham, Kasja Mays, Cecelia !oore, Amanda Springer, Alyssa O'Sullivan, Carrie Horan, Elizabeth Intihar will swim Feb 20 at OSU

Divers Julia Ruegg, Sloane Daily and Maggie Smerdel compete in districts at OSU on Feb 20

Dispatch high-school top performer based on performances from Jan. 4-10, 2016:
Carrie Horan, GIRLS SWIMMING, Horan, a senior, led the Eagles to victories in two meets. She won the 500-yard freestyle (5:29.34) and swam a leg on the winning 400 free relay team (3:47.99) against Grove City and won the 200 individual medley (2:15.25) and swam legs on the winning 200 medley (1:56.24) and 200 free (1:43.85) relay teams against Westerville Central and Dublin Coffman.


MVP - Thomas Clark
Most Improved - Matthew Benson & Perry Finnegan
Coach’s Award - Matt Clark
MVP - Carrie Horan & Maggie Smerdel
Most Improved - Ellen Geyer
Coach’s Award -  Becca McManamon & Catherine Segreto
Sportmanship Award - Ana Livecchi & Maddie Penn
Scholar Athlete - Lucy Kayhua & Becca McManamon

ThisWeek News 3.26.15
- Five state swimmers expected to return  -
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.

Boys Swimming

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.

Girls Swimming
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

ThisWeek News 2/3/15:
Swim teams finish second in CCL meet

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



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