Coach Patti Hoch thought it was understandable that members of the Grandview Heights High School boys swimming team were a bit jittery while competing in the Division II state meet at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Coach Patti Hoch thought it was understandable that members of the Grandview Heights High School boys swimming team were a bit jittery while competing in the Division II state meet at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The Bobcats, who reached state for the first time in 12 years, competed in the 200-yard freestyle and 400 free relays, but didn't qualify for the Feb. 24 final in either event.

"It's a pretty big scene up there and the boys seemed tight in their first race, but we seemed a little looser in the 400," Hoch said. "It was their first time there and there was a lot of waiting around. We practiced (Feb. 22) and didn't compete until 5 p.m. the next day. We tried watching movies and other activities, but it was tough to keep their minds off of the competition."

The 200 free relay of senior Evan Tillett, senior Jacob Smith, sophomore Tucker Rinehart and sophomore Josh Smith finished 19th of 24 teams in 1 minute, 31.64 seconds. Chesterland West Geauga was 16th (1:31.3) to secure the last qualifying spot for the finals.

The 400 free relay of Tillett, senior Sean Oberschlake, Josh Smith and Rinehart finished 17th of 24 teams in a program-record 3:22.4. Tillet also set a program record in the 100 free by finishing his leg of the event in 50.09.

"I definitely think we have a chance to make it back next year, and I think we'll be ready," Hoch said. "They had the experience of competing this year and won't be as nervous."

The Bobcats did not score as a team. Hunting Valley University School (237) won the title.

•The boys basketball team opened the Division III district tournament with a second-round game against fifth-seeded Fredericktown on Feb. 29 at Westerville North.

The Bobcats, who entered the game 12-8, are seeded ninth and had a first-round bye.

The tournament opener was Grandview's first game in 11 days, but coach Ray Corbett said the time helped the team get back to basics.

"Basically, we have been trying to sharpen what we have done and try to get a little sharper in our execution," Corbett said. "At the tail end of the (regular season), we were playing so many games that I thought we didn't have as much practice time to work on things and our execution suffered. Now we are getting into things that we want to emphasize."

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

The Bobcats tied West Jefferson for second (10-4) in the MSL-Cardinal Division behind champion Licking Heights (13-1). The Roughriders improved to 14-7 by defeating Marion Elgin 58-53 in the opening round Feb. 22.

Grandview split with West Jefferson in league play. The Bobcats won 57-43 on Jan. 14 as Andy Treasure scored 11 points and Payton Jones added 10 points. They lost 59-34 on Feb. 14 as Spencer Hawk scored nine points and Oliver Rouch added seven points.

Worthington Christian had a first-round bye and was 12-8 before playing West Jefferson on Feb. 29. They have not played Grandview this season.

The winner plays in a district final against top-seeded Bloom-Carroll, Liberty Union, Marion Pleasant or Galion Northmor at 6 p.m. March 8 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

•Senior Conner Sarich competed in the boys district bowling tournament Feb. 25 at HP Lanes.

In the program's first district appearance, Sarich finished 53rd (520) with games of 156, 155 and 209.

"Unfortunately, Conner bowled the lowest three-game series of his career at the district tournament," coach Tony Thivener said. "His sectional score of 626 (on Feb. 17 at Columbus Western Bowl) would have been high enough for him to make it to state, but he wasn't able to match his scores from the week before."

The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Friday, March 2, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

Jonathan Alder (3,962), Westerville North (3,884) and Whitehall (3,769) advanced. Westerville South's Zach Pannell (689), Walnut Ridge's Wayne Russell Jr. (624) and Olentangy Liberty's Mike Shiner (619) were the individual qualifiers.