Grandview Heights High School swimming and diving coach Patti Hoch has said all season that the often under-appreciated divers have been a vital part of her boys team.

Grandview Heights High School swimming and diving coach Patti Hoch has said all season that the often under-appreciated divers have been a vital part of her boys team.

At the Division II district meet last Friday, two of those divers stepped to the forefront as they became the Bobcats' first state qualifiers in diving and the first for the entire program in three years. Jack Davis finished fifth (328.35 points) and Chad Hill took the sixth (261.75) and final qualifying spot.

"It's great because people are going to see that as a viable option as far as diving goes," Hoch said.

"We rely on the diving team for our league championship and here at these big meets."

The boys team finished 13th (58 points) behind champion New Albany (353) and the girls team was 12th (58) behind champion New Albany (527).

Diving coach Alan Rill saidhe believes having two qualifiers only adds to the progress the program has made since it restarted in 2001.

"It's a great feeling," he said.

"The school doesn't recognizeus (as a varsity sport). But now, having two kids go to state, that's huge for Grandview swimming and diving."

Davis and Hill competed at the state meet last Wednesday in Canton.

The Bobcats had no qualifiers in swimming, but Hoch said the district meet was an across-the-board success for her swimmers

The Bobcats set season-bests in almost every event and broke four program records. Noah Reed set boys records in the 100-yard butterfly (57.43 seconds, 12th place) and 100 freestyle (52.17, 15th) and Grace Rinehart set girls records in the 50 free (25.68, 10th) and the 100 backstroke (1:05.92, 16th).

The girls had five others at district. Anneliese Bonn was 22nd in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.18), Lindsey Swihart was 26th in the 500 free (6:22.06), Abbie Ward was 28th in the 100 free (1:00.83), Jessica Frank was 28th in the 100 fly (1:12.18) and Maddy Whitley was 29th in the 200 free (2:20.31).

The Bobcats' best swimming finishes of the day came in the relays. The 200 free relay of Frank, Bonn, Ward and Rinehart was ninth (1:47.65), the 400 free relay of Frank, Whitley, Ward and Rinehart was ninth (4:05.71) and the 200 medley relay of Whitley, Frank, Bonn and Audrey Barnes was 10th (2:06.32).

For the boys, the only other individual competing at district was Chris Metzler, but he was disqualified in the 100 back. The 200 free relay of Metzler, Jacob Smith, Evan Tillett and Noah Reed was 13th (1:39.91) and the 400 free relay of the same group was 14th (3:44.38). The 200 medley relay of Sean Oberschlake, Jude Kozelek, Metzler and Brendan Cox was 27th (2:00.46).

Hoch was named district Coach of the Year.

"It kind of makes the program more legitimate," Hoch said.

Before, I was the new coach coming in here with five kids (on the team). Now the program is more known, obviously, with the other coaches recognizing that you're building something that's worthwhile. It makes me feel good."

•The wrestling team exceeded any expectations from coach Andy DiSabato last Friday and Saturday, finishing third at the Division IIIsectional at Heath and advancing six wrestlers to district Friday and Saturday at Steubenville.

The Bobcats scored 123.5 points to finish behind Pleasant (238.5) and Heath (164).

"We had our best day of the year, and that's important at tournament time," DiSabato said.

"I've been saying all alongthat we've been giving up a lot of points in duals (because of a small lineup), but it doesn't hurt you quite as much in a sectional tourna-ment. We finished third out of 16 teams, so we were really happy with that."

Michael Falk was first at 152 pounds after pinning Brandon Slade of Pleasant in the final. Falk went 4-0 with three pins and a technical fall.

Nathan Blackwell won his first two matches to reach the final at 140, but DiSabato opted to hold him out of the final because of a lingering illness.

Blackwell beat Jordan Ammons of Highland 8-7 in overtime to get into the final.

Alex Minnillo took second at 145, losing to Quinton Cooperider of Pleasant by pin in the final. Minnillo was seeded sixth entering the sectional.

Clay Teach took third at 189, cruising to a 19-3 win over Josh Sayre of Heath in the third-place match.

James Pilling (119) and Dan Satterthwaite (215) finished fourth. Satterthwaite was seeded seventh.

The top four from district will advance to state March 5-7 at Ohio State. Grandview last had a state-qualifier in 2006.

At a glance

Below are the recent results andcoming schedules for the Grandview Heights girls basketball and gymnastics teams:


Last Wednesday -- Played Johnstownin second round of Division III districttournament. The winner will play in adistrict semifinal Wednesday at Olen-tangy Liberty against Fredericktown or top-seeded Pleasant.

Of note: The Bobcats were 10-10 overall before last Wednesday and finished fourth in the MSL-Cardinal at 8-6.


Saturday -- At district at Worthington Kilbourne. The Bobcats finished 19th (108.05) last season. The top three teams and top eight individuals in each event advance to state March 6-7.