by Adam Baum, Community Press
GREEN TWP. - It's been another strong season in the water at Oak Hills High School. The Highlanders are hoping and working for a memorable ending with the postseason still lurking ahead. Oak Hills hasn't sent a swimmer to the state meet since 2011, said eighth-year coach Katie Hunter who coaches the boys and the girls.
Hunter is happy with what her swimmers have accomplished so far and where they're headed.
"I"m really happy with the boys and girls seasons. Their strokes have gotten a lot better and they seem to be more comfortable in the water," Hunter said.
The Highlanders are young and Hunter knew the season would be a process, but she's been pleased that the core group of upperclassmen have mingled well with the new faces. The boys and girls both won the South Dearborn Invitational back in December and the boys added a win at the Best of the West later that month.
Hunter said sophomore Jared Cox, senior Mason Bischoff and junior Andrew Freeman have swum well this year for the Highlanders. On the girls' side, junior Candice Sheehan and senior Hailey Ryan have done a lot to lead the charge in the water.
Hunter said Hailey Ryan "does well in any event we put her in." Ryan took fourth in the 50 freestyle at the Miami University location in the Southwest Ohio Swimming and Diving Classic Jan. 17-18 - one of the biggest high school swim meets in the nation.
In order to make a postseason run this is a crucial time for Oak Hills to get rolling and build some momentum with the sectional meets beginning this week.
"Now, we're starting to try and fine-tune some things like our starts, turns and breathing patterns," Hunter said.
Freshman diver Elizabeth Cron has a "really good shot at making it to state," said Hunter.
At Oak Hills, they strive for a dichotomy in the swimming and diving program - independence coupled with a team.
"Swimming is such an independent sport in that once their head's under water, it's on them to push themselves and strive to make that time. So they've got to be independent, determined and dedicated to giving their all every day," Hunter said. "They have to push themselves past that comfort level in order to get better." [Read More]