A record-breaking season continues for the Grandview Heights High School boys swimming team.

A record-breaking season continues for the Grandview Heights High School boys swimming team.

For the first time in 12 seasons, the Bobcats qualified for an event in the state meet. The Division II meet began Feb. 22 and runs through Friday, Feb. 24, at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Grandview advanced its 200-yard freestyle relay and 400 free relay, bringing tears to the eyes of coach Patti Hoch.

"We broke so many records that it might cost me more than $100 to change the record board," said Hoch, whose Bobcats will be competing in their first Division II state meet - before 2009 there was only one boys division. "We broke almost every single boys record except for maybe the 500 free.

"But state will be a whole different atmosphere, but we're there. Just getting through that door is an amazing thing."

In the district meet Feb. 17 at Ohio State, the Bobcats finished third (162) behind Granville (325.5) and Hartley (164) as 39 teams scored.

Grandview originally was presented the runner-up trophy and had photos taken on the podium before officials realized the final results could change if Hartley scored in the diving competition. Brian Hearns scored 16 points for the Hawks by finishing third in diving, dropping the Bobcats to third.

The 200 free relay of senior Evan Tillett, senior Jacob Smith, sophomore Tucker Rinehart and sophomore Josh Smith is seeded 17th at state with an effort of 1 minute, 31.22 seconds. The 400 relay of Tillett, senior Sean Oberschlake, Josh Smith and Rinehart is seeded 20th (3:23.71). Both relays were third at district.

"This is amazing and really kind of unbelievable how far we have come," Tillett said. "Three years ago as a freshman, we only had five guys on the team and now we have 12 guys swimming at district, and now we're going to swim at state."

The top two individuals and relays in each district swimming event automatically advanced to state. In addition, 16 at-large berths were awarded in each event based on times from all the district meets.

"I think the thing that got us through was our straight-aways," Jacob Smith said of the qualifying relays. "Our turns were good, but we had really good speed on our straight-aways, and that was the difference."

Rinehart said the Bobcats need to feed off the emotion of qualifying for state.

"You have to go with your energy when you get there," he said. "You have to be rested up and ready to go when you get there."

Josh Smith said the Bobcats will have to deal with the enormity of the event.

"It will be twice the size (of district) and the competition is the best in the state," he said. "We're going to have to swim our hearts out."

The Grandview girls finished 10th (75) of 36 teams that scored at district as Granville (475) won the title.

"This is the best meet we have ever had," senior Lindsay Swihart said. "We had a great taper coming into this and everyone went out and swam their best."

•The bowling teams had their sectional competition Feb. 17 and 18 at Columbus Western Bowl with senior Conner Sarich advancing for the boys. He is the first player from either program to qualify for district, which will be Saturday, Feb. 25, at HP Lanes.

"I was comfortable competing on my home lanes, and I really bowled consistent games," Sarich said. "I knew what to expect from the lanes, and I have been told the conditions will be similar at district."

Sarich was fourth overall at Western Bowl on Feb. 17 with a 626 series (201-193-232).

At district, the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the boys state tournament March 2 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

The Grandview boys finished 20th (3,138) of 24 teams, behind champion Jonathan Alder (4,020).

Sophomore Jacob Bottorf was next for the Bobcats with a 499 series, followed by freshman Tristen Rose (427), junior Joe Nichols (382), senior Chase Hill (276, two games) and senior Ryan Grinstead (93, one game).

On Feb. 18, the Grandview girls finished 22nd (1,669) in the 22-team sectional at Western Bowl, behind champion Briggs (3,494).

Junior Anna Field (371) led Grandview, followed by junior Daniela Pichardo (281), sophomore Hannah Jones (278), senior Maddie Gibbons (149) and junior Molly Wenk (139).

•The boys basketball team opens the Division III district tournament with a second-round game against fifth-seeded Fredericktown or Centerburg at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Westerville North.

The Bobcats (12-8) are seeded ninth and had a first-round bye.

Fredericktown and Centerburg are members of the Mid-Buckeye Conference. Fredericktown was 15-5 and Centerburg was 6-14.

Last season, Centerburg defeated Grandview 51-42 in the opening round of the Division III district tournament.

The winner plays sixth-seeded Worthington Christian, 11th-seeded West Jefferson or Marion Elgin in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. March 6 at Westerville North.

In the MSL-Cardinal Division, Licking Heights (13-1) won the title, followed by Grandview (10-4), West Jefferson (10-4), Millersport (9-5), Fisher Catholic (7-7), Berne Union (3-11), Harvest Prep (3-11) and Liberty Union (0-14).

•The girls basketball team finished 2-19, losing to Heath 41-19 in the first round of the Division III district tournament Feb. 16 at New Albany.

Freshman post player Grace Palmer led with nine points, and freshman point guard Megan McCauley and junior forward Abby Riggs each added four points.

"We were a little disappointed in our execution because our plan was to go out and show how much we had improved," first-year coach Randy Darst said. "The effort was there, but we didn't play as well as we would have liked."

In the MSL, Liberty Union won the title (14-0) and was followed by Harvest Prep and West Jefferson (both 9-5), Licking Heights (8-6), Berne Union and Fisher Catholic (both 7-7), Grandview (2-12) and Millersport (0-14).

Palmer was second-team all-league and freshman Megan McCauley was honorable mention.

Grandview had no seniors and only two juniors in Riggs and post player Connor Skeen.

The rest of the roster was comprised of freshmen - guards Emma Bulla, Emma Hecker, Madison Osborne, forwards Mary Guida and Morgan Taylor and wing players Ali Lachey and Allison Voelker.

"We told the girls that they are winners no matter what the record might indicate," Darst said. "The lessons they have learned this year will help them 15 or 20 years down the road."