Indian Hill returns state meet experience on the girls side, led by Ohio State commit Devin Landstra.
She placed third in the 50 yard freestyle and sixth in the 100 yard backstroke at state as a junior. Elizabeth Drerup placed fifth in the 100 yard backstroke.
Teammates Avery Pearson and Bridget Pavlick also competed at state last year in relay events with Landstra and Drerup. They, along with Mary Kate Jutze, aim to qualify in individual events this year.
Indian Hill divers include sophomores Annie Garrettson and Violet Robertson and freshmen Lexi Magenhiem and Makenna Hack.
A newish era begins for Cincinnati Country Day as Jana Westhoven takes over the program from former head coach Benson Spurling. She served as the top assistant last year.
According to her brief bio on the school’s athletic website, the coach is looking to ensure the transition is seamless and that a changing of the guard doesn’t signify a change in success.
To do so, someone needs to step in and fill Allie Wooden’s spot as that top swimmer.
Last season, Wooden won state titles in the 100 and 200 freestyle races, turning in times of 49.43 seconds in the 100 free and 1:46.96, breaking her old record in the 200 freestyle. She was named female swimmer of the meet and named Miami Valley Conference girls swimmer of the year.
She currently swims at Southern California.
Potential candidates to be the it-girl include Jenna Macrae, Holly Jacobs and Sophie Hudson.
Mount Notre Dame is led by Graci Doll, Corinne Herwitz, Amanda Puthoff, Annie Kruspe, and Kate Van Den Brink. The Lady Cougars will field a deeper and more experienced squad in coach Pete Wagner’s second season at MND. That depth is bolstered by the addition of some swimmers who returned to the sport to compete for the varsity team after taking some time off from competition.
“This team is well-rounded and comprised of swimmers that are committed to the sport and not afraid to work hard,” said Wagner. Grace Menke earned diver of the year honors in the GGCL last year as a freshman.
St. Ursula, with its young talent and roster laden with state swimmers, is expected to be one of the city’s best again this season.
However, the Bulldogs aren’t the only GGCL team with talented youngsters who earned state experience. The girls off Pfeiffer road might have something to say about that.
Ursuline, like its rival, sent numerous swimmers to Canton’s waters.
Julia Moran advanced in the 100 and 200 freestyle races. Rollie Grinder joined her in the 200 and swam the 500 freestyle along with Christine Van Kirk.
Caroline Blood represented the Lions in the 100 backstroke and Laura Morris swam the 100 breaststroke.
All five can come back this season and help Ursuline compete for its third Division I girls state title in four years.
Last season, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy coach Gary Toner said his freshmen class was the best he’s ever had.
Anna Van Jura and Sydney Day were among those freshmen who could contribute immediately. And they did so as district qualifiers.
Hope Whiteside and Rachel Haslem were in the district mix as well.
Toner is likely hoping a few more faces join them in district waters this season.