After qualifying for district for the first time as a team and with just one senior on the roster, Columbus Academy boys bowling coach Dan Olexio hopes the Vikings can have similar success next season.
Academy placed 11th (3,497) of 14 teams in the Division II district tournament Feb. 22 at HP Lanes behind champion Jonathan Alder (4,360). The top three teams advanced to state.
"I would love to see us make it to district again next year and put up a much stronger showing," Olexio said. "I would love to see an individual bowler, if we can't get there as a team, qualify for state next year. It's very tough."
After competing in one division in previous years, teams were divided into two divisions this season.
Junior Max Smith led the Vikings at district, finishing 41st of 90 bowlers with a 536 series. Sophomore Andrew Kennedy was 47th (511), followed by freshman Nick Smith (54th, 499) and sophomores Sean Reagan (61st, 480) and Aaron Brown (69th, 451).
Academy loses senior Seva Luchianov, who rolled a 190 in one game at sectional Feb. 14 at Sawmill Lanes, helping the Vikings earn their district berth.
"I was happy for Seva," Olexio said. "It was a nice finish for him for the season and it motivated us going into the Baker games and we bowled really well."
Academy placed fifth (3,778) of 30 teams at sectional behind champion Buckeye Valley (4,195). Max Smith finished seventh of 170 bowlers with a 636.
"We did much better at sectional than I'd imagined that we would," Olexio said.
Academy also finished second (12-1) to DeSales (14-0) in the 15-team Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division.
In the MSL tournament Feb. 1 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Academy lost to eventual champion Teays Valley 3-1 in a semifinal after placing fourth (3,666) of nine teams during preliminary play behind first-place Teays Valley (4,361).
Nick Smith was 10th of 49 bowlers with a 600 series. Nick Smith and Max Smith, who are brothers, were second-team all-MSL and Kennedy was honorable mention all-league.
"We return all five of our starters, so I'm excited about that," Olexio said.
Girls bowling team qualified for district
The girls bowling team earned its first district berth, finishing 11th (2,613) of 12 teams behind champion Ready (3,577) as the top two teams advanced to state.
Juniors Emma Farrenkopf and Allie Wallace each rolled a 411 series to tie for 40th of 78 bowlers.
"We had some tremendous leadership this season from Allie Wallace and Emma Farrenkopf, who were our captains," coach Kelly Parker said.
Junior Leya Mohsin tied for 47th (395), followed by sophomore Yasmine Kashubeck (60th, 357) and junior Maddie Edwards (63rd, 352).
"The kids are hard working and they are always willing to learn and make the appropriate changes that they need to get better, and that's all you can ask for from a crew," Parker said.
Academy was 11th (2,797) of 21 teams at sectional behind champion Buckeye Valley (3,572), as Wallace was 12th of 122 bowlers with a 499.
The Vikings tied Beechcroft for sixth (6-6) in the 13-team COHSBC-Central behind champion Ready (12-0) and lost to Fisher Catholic 3-1 in an MSL tournament semifinal. The Vikings were third (2,450) during preliminary MSL play behind eventual champion Whitehall (3,053).
Farrenkopf tied for seventh of 47 bowlers with a 413 series and was first-team all-league, while Mohsin was second-team all-league.
Wilson leads girls swimmers
Junior Abby Wilson led the girls swimming and diving team this season, placing fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 51.97 seconds) and 13th in the 100 backstroke (58.81) in the Division II state meet Feb. 19-21 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
The Vikings finished 12th (65 points) behind champion Gates Mills Hawken (217) as 49 teams scored.
"The season ended up very well overall for both the boys and the girls," coach Craig Yakscoe said.
Wilson joined senior India Sherman, junior Anya Kone' and sophomore Sydney Brault to place sixth in the 200 free relay (1:38). Kone', Sherman, senior Laura Cullen and sophomore Sarah Campbell were 10th in the 200 medley relay (1:50.9), and Campbell, Brault, Cullen and Sherman were 16th in the 400 free relay (3:44.39).
Sherman, who was one of eight seniors, was 12th in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.51), and Campbell was 19th in the 100 back (59.65) and 22nd in the 200 individual medley (2:15.34).
"It's awesome for us to go (to state), so we celebrate that and then we also go up and we try to do better," Yakscoe said.
Academy finished third (324) at district Feb. 14 at Ohio State behind champion Columbus School for Girls (413) as 30 teams scored and third (212) at sectional Feb. 8 at home behind champion CSG (273) as 20 teams scored.
Academy (365) won the MSL meet Jan. 25 at home, ahead of Grandview (271), Bexley (174), Liberty Union (94), Madison Plains (53), Circleville (37), Worthington Christian (34), Logan Elm (19) and Fisher Catholic (16).
The Vikings set four program records this season. Wilson established marks in the 50 free (24.03), 100 free (51.87) and 200 free (1:51.26), and Wilson, Sherman, Brault and Kone' set a record in the 200 free relay (1:38).
Goldfarb leads boys swimmers
Freshman Nate Goldfarb led the boys swimming team at state, placing 10th in the 100 breast (58.42) and 18th in the 200 IM (2:01.31).
He also teamed with seniors Mitchell Dreisbach and Gavin Koerner and freshman Dylan Warren to place 11th in the 200 medley relay (1:39.75).
The Vikings finished 27th (19) behind champion Dayton Oakwood (214) as 58 teams scored.
Academy finished third (213) at district behind champion Dover (259) as 41 teams scored and scored 270 points to win its home sectional ahead of runner-up Granville (245) as 18 teams scored.
In the MSL meet, Academy scored 352 points to win ahead of Grandview (268), Bexley (218), Liberty Union (60), Worthington Christian (51), Fisher Catholic (22), Circleville (8) and Amanda-Clearcreek (3).
Tyler Kohman was the team's other senior.
"I try to get the seniors to certainly take the freshmen and sophomores under their wings, but the juniors as well (so they) step up and be leaders for next year," Yakscoe said.