Ross freshman Garrett Smith hasn’t enjoyed the same kind of success in the pool as his senior teammates Chris Hoffman, Scott Kosakowski and Graham Moor.
So when he got to pair with the three at Saturday’s Ken Gipe Relays, swimming the opening leg of the 850 crescendo relay, he was ecstatic. As was the senior trio that followed.
Smith, Hoffman, Kosakowski and Moor swam a winning time of 8:18.86, topping second-place Olentangy by over 16 seconds. The victory was one of two for the Little Giants on the boys side in the eight-event competition — made up entirely of relays — as Ross swept the 11-team meet, winning both team titles for the boys and girls.
“Garrett stepped up for us,” Kosakowski said. “He’s been working hard all year, so he got the opportunity to swim with us, and he did step up. I know he swam his fastest time by over a second and a half.
“To get another win in the crescendo event was great, too. We’ve always done well in it, but got second last year.”
Kosakowski, who was also a part of the winning 400 freestyle relay with Hoffman, Moor and Trent Williams, is excited to be done with morning practices. This week, he and the rest of his Ross teammates will begin the process of tapering.
“Today is really the last day where can relax and have fun,” Kosakowski said. “Come tomorrow morning, it’s where are we going to swim at sectionals? Who are we going to swim against? What are we going to swim? Everything has to be focused on from this point forward.”
Ross’ Holly Phillips, Meghan Moses, Laura Duncan and Haley Fisher won the girls 850 crescendo relay. Phillips, Fisher, Moses and Morgan Waggoner won the 200 backstorke relay, while Waggoner, Duncan, Megan Hawk and Alaina Klingman swam to a first in the 200 medley relay. Hawk, Klingman and Fisher were second for the Little Giants in the 300 individual medley relay, while Kortni Lagrou, Alyssa Schwochow, Holly Fisher and Emily Moyer took runner-up in the 400 free relay.
Oak Harbor tied for fifth in the girls meet, which included a third-place effort from Elyse Hablitzal, Allison Schroeder, Mary Greggila and Brooke Tice in the 200 backstroke relay. Hablitzal, Katelyn Tice, Brooke Tice and Allie Dombrowsky placed third in the 200 underwater freestyle relay.
The Rockets, who were seventh on the boys side, got a fifth-place swim from Zach Seaman, Michael LaFountain and Eli Boldt. Their divers won the diving relay.
“This is always a fun day, and I definitely think it’s suppose to be a fun meet,” Hoffman said. “But at the same time, you want to do something memorable. That way you can remember what you did senior year at this pool and senior year at that pool.
“This has been one of the best years I’ve had in swimming, but I don’t think it’s quite hit me yet that, yeah, I’m going to be done in a couple weeks.”
Ross’ boys diving team was second, the girls were third.
Moyer, Parker Ward, Erin Seefus, and Jessica Holland took fifth for the Little Giants in the girls 200 butterfly-breaststroke relay. Holland, Kit Wilson, Schwochow and Lagrou swam fifth in the 200 underwater free relay.
Hawk Smith, Josh Eakin, Braydn Klein and Mike Muffler were third for the Ross boys in the 200 medley relay. The 300 IM relay of Nickolas Hoffman, Joe Meyer, Lorenzo Zamora and Dylan Henry, also was third, as was the 200 backstroke relay of Williams, Zamora, Meyer and Hawk Smith.
Swim sectionals are Saturday at Ross.