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Swimming & Diving

Cook happy with state showing

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Hunter Cook of the Hilliard Darby High School boys swimming and diving team achieved his goal in both of his two individual events in the Division I state meet that concluded Feb. 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The junior placed seventh in the 200-yard individual medley (1 minute, 55.17 seconds) and eighth in the 500 freestyle (4:40.46).

"I am very happy with my performances," Cook said. "I am still excited. I was nervous in the prelims, but it was a whole lot less stressful in the finals because I had already reached my goals. I just wanted to make it on the podium."

Also at state, Cook teamed with junior Cory McLaughlin and sophomores Blake Dickmann and Ross McDonald to finish 19th in the 200 medley relay (1:39.71) and 21st in the 400 free relay (2:16.2), and McLaughlin finished 24th in the 200 IM (2:01.98).

"I thought (all of the boys) did really well," said Brian Dickmann, who coaches the boys and girls teams at Darby, Bradley and Davidson. "Hunter's goal was to make the podium in one of his individual events and he did it in both. He was seeded eighth in the final of the IM and finished seventh. He was seeded eighth in the 500 free heading to state and finished eighth. So he did well and made all-state in both events."

Cook scored 23 points for Darby, which finished 30th behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (270) as 57 teams scored.

"The medley relay was seeded 21st and moved to 19th, so they improved, and the 400 free relay moved from 23rd to 21st," coach Dickmann said. "I think that the Darby boys did outstanding. They didn't have any seniors in the state meet, so they all gained experience and will return hungry for next season. It's not too shabby to finish 30th of 200-plus Division I teams in the state."

The Bradley boys team was represented at state by junior Jon Satre, who finished 15th in the 100 backstroke (53.6) as the Jaguars scored two points to finish 54th.

"I felt great about that," said Satre, who set the program record in the event (53.26) at district. "Everyone tapers for district to get to state, so they seem to add time at state. I pretty much held my time, so I improved three spots from my seeding and was able to reach the consolation finals.

"My goal this season was to just reach state, so anything after that was a bonus. Now I want to come back even stronger next season and reach the finals."

The Davidson boys team and the Bradley, Darby and Davidson girls teams did not have any state qualifiers.

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