The Delaware Hayes High School girls swimming and diving team was hoping to add to its record season in the Division I state meet that was held Feb. 23-25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The Delaware Hayes High School girls swimming and diving team was hoping to add to its record season in the Division I state meet that was held Feb. 23-25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The Pacers set six team records during the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State. The girls finished a program-best sixth of 27 teams that scored with 147 points, as Upper Arlington (522) won.

Senior Jessica Ward lowered her school records in both the 100-yard butterfly (57.59 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (58.3) and became the second girl from Delaware to compete at state in two individual events, joining Julie Long, who did it in 1980 and 1981.

Ward was sixth in the 100 fly and 10th in the 100 back at district and was seeded 19th for both events at state. She was 14th (58.24) at state in the 100 fly last season.

Ward was to compete in four events at state. She also was expected to swim leadoff in the 200 medley relay that finish third at district in a school-record 1:47.86 and the first leg of the 400 freestyle relay that placed sixth at district in a school-record 3:38.64.

"I was confident about the 100 fly and medley relay making it, but I wasn't so sure about the 100 back," Ward said. "I wanted the 400 free relay to make it real bad because I love relays. It's about being able to do it for your teammates rather than yourself."

Ward was set to become the first Pacers swimmer to compete in four state events.

"What a human dynamo," said coach Bill Rietz, who was selected the girls district co-Coach of the Year. "She possesses a work ethic matched by few. She has a competitive drive that is innate and she brings it to all races. This marked the second district meet in a row where she swam four events and set school records in each of the events. That is a remarkable feat.

"She pushes her teammates to greater heights and is the first to share in their joy after a successful swim. She makes everyone around her a better person. She will leave as one of the most decorated female swimmers in the 32 years of girls swimming at Delaware Hayes."

Rounding out the lineup in the medley relay, which was seeded seventh at state, were sophomore Brittany Puthoff, junior Lindsey Norris and sophomore Regan DeWitt. The 400 free relay, which was seeded 20th, also consisted of freshman Samantha Curtin, DeWitt and Puthoff.

Puthoff returned to state in the 100 breaststroke, as she finished ninth (1:07.1) at district and was seeded 24th. Last season, she was 14th at state in 1:07.17.

DeWitt did not advance individually despite setting school records at district in both the 200 free (1:58.6, 10th) and 500 free (5:15.98, fifth).

"We had at least one competitor in each of the 12 events and scored in 10 of them (at district)," Rietz said. "Of the 25 swims by the girls, including relay splits, 23 were career-best times. The boys team had 18 swims and all 18 were career-best times."

The boys team did not advance anyone to state while finishing 16th of the 26 teams that scored at district with 34 points, behind champion UA (435).

Junior Cameron Hackett had Delaware's top finish. He was 10th in the 500 free in 4:55.96, which is 1.37 seconds off the school record.

"The 100 percent time drop in the boys swims and 80 percent drop in the girls swims indicate to me a full day's work," Rietz said. "It was fantastic to see the smiles of satisfaction after the Pacers completed their races. It was the culmination of an entire season of workouts. This is a meet that will be talked about in future seasons."

•The wrestling team had six representatives in the Division I district tournament Feb. 24 and 25 at Hilliard Darby, including three who won sectional titles Feb. 18 at Marysville.

Seniors Seth McCurdy (126 pounds) and Colton Christner (heavyweight) and sophomore Andrew Sierawski (170) were champions. They were joined at district by sophomores Nick Beyer (132) and Shawn Johnson (195) and freshman Cody Wooten (182). The top four in each weight class advanced to the three-day state tournament, which begins Thursday, March 1, at Ohio State.

"This is definitely the most we've had in district (in my five years)," coach Josh Heffernan said. "It could be the most ever, but I'm sure it's the most in a long, long time. We had five in 2009.

"This is pretty exciting. The guys wrestled really well. The three champions isn't surprising because all three have that capability. With Christner and Sierawski, it's just a matter of being consistent and they all put it together at sectional."

The Pacers finished fourth (125.5) in the 10-team sectional behind host Marysville (257), Hilliard Davidson (183) and Mount Vernon (164.5).

McCurdy, a four-time district qualifier who has never competed at state, improved to 42-4 by beating Davidson's Lee Wilson by injury default in the final.

"(Wilson) beat me 9-0 in the (Rieman Invitational on Jan. 28) when I just froze up, so we prepared for this a little differently," McCurdy said. "He led 5-4 in the third, but I was putting him on his back and would've led or maybe pinned him when we got in a funky position and he injured his arm. I wish we could've finished. It's a shame because you don't want to win like that. But it was a good match and I'm happy to be the sectional champion."

Christner beat Marysville's Kyle Thirkield 10-4 in the final to improve to 32-6.

"I'm so pleased to see his success," Heffernan said of Christner. "He was 340 pounds when he came out for wrestling the first time as a sophomore and dropped 50-plus pounds to get into the lineup. He was around 10-10 for the season. Then he missed all of last season with a foot injury but still came to every practice. He's a great leader. He's vocal, helps the younger guys and is just a strong and intense kid. He rose to the challenge in intensity and skill. He's just a gem of a kid."

Sierawski pinned his first two opponents before beating Davidson senior Clay Kuszmaul 13-9 in the final.

"I think I tired him out and then just hit my moves," Sierawski said. "I just held on to win and then I jumped for joy. I was seeded first, although I don't know how. I was just hoping to make it to district, but once you reach the final, you want to win the whole thing. Winning the semifinal was a relief. Winning the championship was more like astonishment, especially against a senior."

•The bowling teams both advanced to the Division I district tournament at HP Lanes, where the girls competed Feb. 24 and the boys competed Feb. 25.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the state tournament at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, where the boys compete Friday, March 2, and the girls compete Saturday, March 3.

The boys finished third (3,950) in a 24-team sectional Feb. 17 at Columbus Western Bowl as Jonathan Alder (4,020) and Newark (3,952) took the top spots. The top nine teams and top nine individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district.

The Pacers, who were seeded fourth in the district tournament, were led by senior Josh Jones. He finished fifth (624 series) with games of 218, 184 and 222. Senior Tyler Compton (571) was 25th, followed by junior Alex Hohe (545, tied for 37th), freshman Jordan Lanham (519, 52nd) and senior Ray Getz (518, 53rd).

The girls finished fourth in a 28-team sectional at Eastland Lanes behind champion Westerville Central (3,551), Cardington (3,503) and Mount Gilead (3,134). The top nine teams and top nine individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district.

Senior Ashleigh Keller was fifth (529) with games of 185, 178 and 166. Also scoring for Delaware, which was seeded eighth for district, were sophomore Katie Fleming (470, tied for 15th), freshman Taylor Schurr (462, tied for 21st) and sophomore Anna Williams (410, 46th).

•The girls basketball team finished 10-12, losing to seventh-seeded Olentangy 70-38 in the second round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 21 at Olentangy Orange.

Despite shooting 33 percent and having 21 turnovers, the Pacers trailed just 28-18 with under a minute remaining before halftime, but the Braves used a 6-2 run to take a 34-20 lead.

"Turnovers absolutely killed us and that was the name of the game," coach Erin Margraf said. "They turned the turnovers into points, so we were constantly playing catch-up."

Delaware took better care of the ball in the second half, but Olentangy had too much balance and wore down the Pacers' defense.

"Nothing came easy," Margraf said. "It was frustrating. We couldn't get into a flow. It was hard for us to make back-to-back baskets. We were mentally behind and mentally defeated on top of the scoreboard."

Julie Bauer led Delaware with 12 points, Keshawna Ximines scored eight and Kristen McMillen added seven.