In what is mostly a rematch of last week's SOC title meet, Portsmouth joins the picture looking to make a move for a championship of its own. If their season so far has been any indication of the Trojans' chances tonight, coach Tom Grashel thinks his boys have an opportunity to finish near the top at Shawnee State University's Warsaw Natatorium.
“I just want my guys to swim our fastest times,” said Grashel. “If we swim our fastest times, then I think we're going to be right in the hunt. We're going to be right there fighting with Valley and Wheelersburg for first place.”
With 10 boys on the roster, the Trojans have an advantage over SOC second-placed Wheelersburg which has only seven. Last year, Portsmouth and Wheelersburg were involved in a disputed championship in the boys division.
Wheelersburg originally claimed an outright victory while the Trojans maintained the meet was a tie. Both teams currently have a County Championship trophy and both teams look to settle the dispute in the pool.
In the girls division, Portsmouth is the defending champion but a lack of swimmers could prevent a repeat performance. Grashel cited increased involvement in other extracurricular activities as reasons for having only six Lady Trojan swimmers.
“The girls team is not doing so well,” Grashel said. “We've had some injuries. We have a lot of girls involved in different things