Ten members of the Delaware Hayes High School swimming and diving teams advanced to the Division I state meet.
Brittany Puthoff led the girls team at district Feb. 16 at Ohio State, qualifying for the state meet that concluded Feb. 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton in an individual event and three relays.
The junior placed fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 6.37 seconds) and teamed with senior Susan Thomson, junior Regan DeWitt and sophomore Sam Curtin to place fourth in the 200 freestyle relay (program-record 1:40.08).
She also combined with DeWitt, Curtin and senior Lindsey Norris to place fifth in the 200 medley relay (1:50) and teamed with Curtin, Thomson and sophomore Bethany Ward to place seventh in the 400 free relay (3:40.48).
DeWitt also advanced individually, placing fourth in the 500 free (program-record 5:10.44).
The top two placers in each swimming event at district automatically advanced to state. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide.
Delaware scored 121 points to finish seventh behind champion Upper Arlington (491) as 24 teams scored.
"We were so excited for everyone," Norris said.
"We made a lot of progress throughout the season and the best part is that most of those girls are underclassmen, so more good years should be ahead for the program. I am extremely proud."
Curtin did not advance to state in the 50 free but set a program record, finishing 11th in 25.08.
"The girls scored in seven of nine events and 11 of the 18 swims, including relay splits, were career-best (times)," coach Bill Rietz said. "The boys had career-best performances in 18 of 19 swims and the teams combined to set seven school records. It was a great day."
Senior Cameron Hackett and junior Anthony Hinton led the boys team, as each set a program record while qualifying for state in an individual event.
Hackett placed fifth in the 500 free (4:42.99) and Hinton placed fourth in the 50 free (21.33). They also advanced to state in the 400 free relay, teaming with seniors Anthony Sanfillipo and Thomas Lenhart to place sixth (program-record 3:15.38).
Hackett also set a program record in the 200 free (1:43.91). He placed fifth but did not qualify for state.
"I was completely surprised by my time in the 200 free," Hackett said. "I felt pretty good in the 500 free and knew I had a chance to break my own record. The 400 free relay was awesome. Our goal was for each of us to break 50 seconds and we all did it. When (anchor) Anthony Hinton touched, the rest of us were in the box jumping for joy."
The Pacers placed eighth (122) behind champion UA (380) as 24 teams scored.
Eight wrestlers reach district
The wrestling team set program records in a Division I sectional by having eight district qualifiers and four sectional champions.
Winning their weight classes in a 10-team sectional Feb. 16 at Westland were juniors Andrew Sierawski (182 pounds), Shawn Johnson (195) and Colton Richard (220) and freshman Greg Brusco (113).
Sierawski was 39-6 on the season entering district Feb. 22 and 23 at Hilliard Darby. Johnson was 33-7, Richard was 21-15 and Brusco was 34-5.
Also advancing to district were juniors Nick Beyer (145, fourth, 27-20) and Raymond Simpson (160, third, 33-11) and freshmen Raezel Garrett (132, third, 24-15) and Chris Martinez (170, second, 31-13).
The top four finishers in each weight class at sectional advanced to district.
"We expected Sierawski and Johnson to win (sectional titles) and both wrestled solid," coach Josh Heffernan said. "Sierawski pinned his way through the tournament. He's a gamer. Johnson continues to reap the fruits of his offseason labor.
"Brusco is intense, energetic and aggressive and he pinned his way through the tournament. He's a special wrestler, very talented. Richard was the surprise. He's a first-year wrestler and a good athlete. He's one of those kids that no matter what he does, he does it well."
The top four finishers in each weight class at district qualified for the state tournament Thursday, Feb. 28, through Saturday, March 2, at Ohio State.
Senior Wyatt Davis (126) and sophomores Zack Brockett (138) and Danny Shaver (120) all placed fifth at sectional and were district alternates.
Also competing were junior Derrick Sumner (152), sophomore Derek Louck (heavyweight) and freshman Tommy Detunno (106).
The Pacers scored 214.5 points to place second behind Hilliard Davidson (224.5).
Bowling teams advance to district
The bowling teams qualified for the district tournament held Feb. 22 and 23 at HP Lanes.
The girls finished fifth (2,990) of 25 teams in a sectional Feb. 15 at Columbus Western Bowl, behind champion Briggs (3,757), and the boys placed fourth of 30 teams in a sectional Feb. 16 at Eastland Lanes, behind champion Westerville South (3,766).
The top nine teams at both sectionals advanced to district. The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team at district qualified for the state tournament Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Sophomore Jordan Lanham led the boys team with a 555 series, placing 13th of 168 competitors, and freshman Noah Bowmar finished 14th with a 553.
Also competing in three games for the Pacers were seniors Nick Pierce (505, tied for 31st) and Alex Hohe (449, 62nd).
Sophomore Taylor Schurr led the girls team with a 497 series, finishing 12th of 161. Also competing were juniors Kayla Bowmar (474, 16th), Anna Williams (415, 40th) and Katie Fleming (385, 51st) and sophomore Kaity Crowe (377, tied for 55th).
Boys basketball team finishes 2nd in OCC
The boys basketball team defeated host Olentangy Orange 58-43 on Feb. 18 to finish 11-3 in the OCC-Capital Division.
Point guard Mike Wells led Delaware with 21 points. Forward Khalil Iverson had 13 points and 13 rebounds and guard Tyler Treese and forward Griffin Kinney added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Pacers finished second in the league, behind New Albany (14-0) and ahead of Olentangy (10-4), Olentangy Orange (8-6), Franklin Heights (5-9), Mount Vernon (3-11), Watkins Memorial (3-11) and Big Walnut (2-12).
"There's only one place you're excited to finish and it's not second place," said coach Jordan Blackburn, whose team concluded the regular season with a 53-50 loss to Gahanna on Feb. 19 to snap a six-game winning streak and fall to 16-6 overall.
"We weren't playing for that. We were playing to try to get on a roll for the tournament."
Seeded 14th of 42 teams, Delaware faced defending state champion Pickerington Central, the 10th seed, in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 23. The winner plays in the second round Wednesday, Feb. 27, at fifth-seeded Dublin Scioto.
The Pacers have not played Scioto this season. The Irish are 18-4 and are led by senior guards Josh Ashwill (16.9 points per game) and Antonio Bisutti (14.0).
The second-round winner advances to a district semifinal March 6 at Pickerington North.
Gymnastics team competes at district
The gymnastics team competed in the district meet Feb. 23 at Worthington Kilbourne.
The top three teams qualified for the state team meet Friday, March 1, at Hilliard Bradley, and the top nine finishers in each event and the all-around advanced to the state individual meet Saturday, March 2, at Bradley.
Girls basketball team falls to Northland
The girls basketball team ended its season with a 77-37 loss at fifth-seeded Northland in the second round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 20 to finish 9-14.
Point guard Kristen McMillen had 13 points to lead the Pacers, who were seeded 32nd of 43 teams, and guard Julie Bauer scored 11.
Delaware defeated 27th-seeded Briggs 47-28 in the first round Feb. 16, behind 16 points from McMillen and nine from Bauer.