The Delaware Hayes High School girls swimming and diving team capped a record-setting season by scoring 51 points to tie for 14th in the Division I state meet that concluded Feb 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
The Pacers' broke their previous best score and placement at state, which was set in 2012 when they tied for 22nd with 27 points. Cincinnati Ursuline (281) repeated as champion this season as 52 teams scored.
"It was an outstanding finish to an outstanding season," coach Bill Rietz said. "We competed in five events at state and scored in all of them. We couldn't ask for anything more."
Freshman Brooke Glesenkamp reached the podium twice, tying a program record set by Julie Schupp in 1981, and became the first in program history to score in four events at state. She placed eighth in the 100-yard freestyle in a program-record 51.87 seconds, breaking the mark she set (52.39) in the district meet Feb. 15 at Ohio State. The previous record was set by Schupp in 1981.
Glesenkamp finished 12th in the 50 free (24.21), becoming the first in program history to compete at state in the event. She had qualified for state by setting the program record (24.0) at district.
Glesenkamp also swam the anchor leg of the eighth-place 400 free relay (3:43.83). The relay, which also included junior Sam Curtin and seniors Regan DeWitt and Brittany Puthoff, had set the program record (3:33.27) at district.
The same foursome finished 12th in the 200 free relay (1:39.56), becoming the first in program history to score at state in the event. The relay had set the program record (1:38.72) at district.
"Brooke was amazing all season and she didn't disappoint on the biggest stage in high school swimming," Rietz said. "She's very composed for a freshman."
Puthoff finished 14th in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.38), matching her best placement in her fourth state appearance in the event.
"Brittany Puthoff had 22 career swims in the state meet, counting prelims and finals and relays," Rietz said. "Eight of those scored team points. Her name appears on five events that are school records -- the 200 (individual medley), 100 breast, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay.
"Regan DeWitt competed at state in 15 swims and five of those swims scored team points. Like Brittany, her name is on five school records -- the three relays and the 200 free and 500 free."
Representing the boys team at state was senior Anthony Hinton, who finished 17th in the 50 free (21.63).
"He had some injuries early in his career, but I'm happy he was able to finish his senior season with his second consecutive trip to state," Rietz said.
Three wrestlers advance to state
Although the wrestling team matched the program record by qualifying three to the Division I state tournament, coach Josh Heffernan said the district tournament held Feb. 21 and 22 at Hilliard Darby was a little bittersweet.
"Three is nice," Heffernan said. "We had four guys lose in (third consolation matches) and most of them were close. One of them was leading and got pinned. They all had tough opponents but were right there. That's how it works at this level. One's destiny is determined sometimes by a mere point, a mere maneuver."
Advancing to state, which concluded March 1 at Ohio State, were seniors Andrew Sierawski (220 pounds) and Colton Richard (195) and sophomore Greg Brusco (126).
"The district tournament is a bittersweet thing," Heffernan said. "You have the high of highs adjacent to the low of lows. I'm happy for our three guys, but seeing seasons and careers end is heartbreaking, especially for seniors like Nick Beyer (145), Raymond Simpson (160) and Shawn Johnson (182)."
Sierawski went 3-1 at district, losing to Marysville's Austin Pfarr 14-4 in the final. He was 41-3 on the season entering state.
"Andrew is having a heck of a season," Heffernan said. "He's really worked his tail off to improve all aspects of his wrestling. The kid competes tenaciously and he pins as well as anyone."
Richard went 3-2 and finished fourth, losing 4-2 in overtime to Olentangy Orange's Lenn's Kamba in the third-place match. He was 29-9 entering state.
"Colton can beat anyone on a given day," Heffernan said. "It's only his second year in the sport, so he still has room to grow. But every match he does something really advanced."
Brusco went 5-1 and placed third, defeating Pickerington Central's Tyler Hogue 11-2 in the third-place match. He was 19-5 entering state.
"Brusco is just getting into stride," Heffernan said. "With the injury that kept him out early in the season, our concern was that he wouldn't be ready in time. But he has been working overtime to get his cardio and agility to where it needs to be."
The last time the Pacers had three state qualifiers was in 2003, when Kevin Rieman, Nick Hauff and Gere Jordan advanced. The only other time it has happened in program history was in 1996, when Jeb Johnson, Steven Wood and Glenn Burton made it.
Johnson lost his state-qualifying match to Darby's Trevor Parker 8-4 and his fifth-place match against Worthington Kilbourne's Lucky Shaut 3-2 to finish 32-13.
Beyer, Simpson, Chris Martinez (170) and Max Wright (113) all went 2-2 and fell one win shy of competing in state-qualifying matches. Beyer finished 30-15 and Simpson finished 36-17. Martinez, whose final loss was 4-3 in overtime to Gahanna's Doland Martin, finished 38-14 and Wright was 28-18.
Brandyn Dydek (138) went 1-2 to finish 19-16. Tommy Detunno (106, 9-19), Garrett Young (132, 26-21) and Dereck Louck (heavyweight, 26-19) all went 0-2.
Boys basketball team wins tourney opener
The boys basketball team played 18th-seeded New Albany in the second round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 28, marking the third meeting between the OCC-Capital Division rivals this season.
The winner advanced to face eighth-seeded Westerville Central in a district semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Olentangy Orange. The semifinal winner will play top-seeded Northland, 21st-seeded Teays Valley or 24th-seeded Darby in a district final Saturday, March 8, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
The 10th-seeded Pacers did not play Central, Northland, Teays Valley or Darby in the regular season.
Delaware defeated 22nd-seeded Dublin Jerome 59-50 in overtime in the first round Feb. 22 to improve to 20-3. The win was the 13th in a row for the Pacers, who improved to 9-2 in games decided by six points or fewer.
"I think the fact that these guys are really close helps us in close games," coach Jordan Blackburn said. "No one cares about who gets the credit. These guys kill themselves on defense and they value winning over everything else."
Against Jerome, Khalil Iverson had a game-high 24 points, 18 of which were scored in the fourth quarter and overtime. Phil Frentsos scored 11 points and Noble Moore had 10 points and four assists for the Pacers.
Jerome's Alex Cline forced overtime by making a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the left corner to tie the game at 46.
Bowling teams advance to district
The boys and girls bowling teams both advanced to the Division I district tournament held March 1 at Eastland Lanes.
The girls team finished fourth (3,116) in the 37-team sectional Feb. 21 at Eastland Lanes behind champion Briggs (3,345). The boys team finished 14th (3,425) behind champion Walnut Ridge (3,805) in a 40-team field.
The top 20 teams and the top 20 individuals not on a qualifying team in the boys and girls sectionals advanced to district.
Senior Kayla Bowmar led the girls team, rolling a three-game series of 476 to place 15th of 192 competitors. Katie Fleming (19th, 472) was next for the Pacers, followed by Alicia Halstead (25th, 465), Taylor Schurr (50th, 419) and Anna Williams (63rd, 390).
Senior Ben Awenowicz led the boys team, tying for 36th (526) in a field of 135 competitors who played three games. Also competing were Noah Bowmar (39th, 525), Jordan Lanham (42nd, 522), Dakota Brugler (tied for 74th, 484) and Lane Price (tied for 116th, 424).
The top four teams and the top four individuals not on a qualifying team at district advanced to the state tournament at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. The boys compete Friday, March 7, and the girls compete Saturday, March 8.
Gymnastics team ends season in district meet
The gymnastics team ended its season in the district meet Feb. 22 at Worthington Kilbourne.
Delaware finished 22nd (109.7) behind champion Dublin Coffman (143.85) as 26 teams scored. The top three teams and the top eight finishers in each event and the all-around qualified for the state meet held Feb. 28 and March 1 at Hilliard Bradley, and the Pacers did not have any individuals advance.
Kilbourne (141.025) and Upper Arlington (137.7) placed second and third, respectively.
Competing in the all-around for the Pacers were Loegen Wade (74th, 29.05), Angela King (89th, 26.8) and Amber Neff (95th, 25.85).
Wade (113th, 7.675), King (124th, 7.45) and Neff (135th, 7.25) all had their top score on vault and all three had their top placement on balance beam. Wade finished 71st (7.475), followed by King (tied for 99th, 6.7) and Neff (tied for 11th, 6.45).
There were 103 competitors in the all-around, 147 on vault and beam and 148 on uneven bars and floor exercise.
Also competing at district were Maeve Gatenbee, Erika Kusche, Kailyn Maynard, Kaylee McBride, Jaima Schulte and Taylor Stover.
Schulte led the team on floor (tied for 83rd, 7.9).
Delaware finished fourth (120.25) in the OCC-Central meet Feb. 8 at Darby behind Kilbourne (141.975), Olentangy Liberty (132.55) and Hilliard Davidson (122.95) and ahead of Westland (110.875) and Dublin Scioto (115.5).
The Pacers went 2-3 in OCC-Central dual meets and finished fourth (12 points) in the overall league standings, behind Kilbourne (24, 5-0), Liberty (20, 4-1) and Davidson (16, 3-2) and ahead of Scioto (8, 1-4) and Westland (4, 0-5).