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Swimming & Diving

Jones, Cook spark Darby


The Hilliard Darby High School boys swimming team finished fourth (250 points) in the 10-team Division I sectional Feb. 8 at Union County YMCA behind champion Dublin Coffman (312).

Also in the field were Davidson (148, seventh) and Bradley (67, 10th).

Griffin Jones won the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 2.04 seconds) and Hunter Cook won the 200-yard individual medley (2:00.62) to lead the Panthers, who had seven swimmers qualify to district in 13 individual events. Additionally, all three relays advanced to district Saturday, Feb. 15, at Ohio State.

At district, the top two finishers in each swimming event, the top three boys divers and the top four girls divers advance to state Feb. 20-22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded in each swimming event based on district times statewide.

Cook also was second in the 500 freestyle (4:53.8) and Blake Dickmann was third in the 100 butterfly (55.09). Cook is seeded third in the 200 IM and fifth in the 500 free at district. Jones is seeded fifth in the 100 breast and Dickmann is seeded eighth in the 100 fly.

Cook, Dickmann, Jones, Tyler Long, Ross McDonald and Cory McLaughlin all qualified for district in two individual events.

The Davidson boys qualified five individuals to district, and they will compete in seven individual events.

In addition, all three relays advanced.

Alex Waldron finished third in the 100 backstroke (55.59) at sectional and is the sixth seed at district. He also is seeded 13th in the 200 IM at district after finishing sixth (2:06.2) at sectional. Brian Long also was a double-qualifier, in the 50 free and 100 free.

Keith Serafy is seeded ninth in the 50 free after placing second (22.63) at sectional. The 200 medley relay (1:44.83) also is seeded ninth after it placed fourth.

Bradley's Jon Satre finished fourth in the 200 free (1:48.57) and 100 back (55.7) at sectional and is seeded sixth and seventh, respectively, at district.

Satre is the lone individual qualifier for the Jaguars, who advanced in the 400 free relay and 200 medley relay. Both relays are seeded 30th.

Davidson leads girls squads

The Davidson girls team finished sixth (161) at sectional behind champion Dublin Jerome (356) and will send two individuals and two relays to district.

Megan Schmalenberger won sectional titles in the 50 free (24.9) and 100 free (53.56). She is seeded third in the 50 free and second in the 100 free at district.

Jessie Lewis was third in the 100 fly (1:00.98) and is seeded seventh at district, and she also qualified in the 500 free after placing 13th (5:38.64). The 200 medley relay was fourth (1:56.72) and is seeded 10th, and the 400 free relay also is seeded 10th after finishing fifth (3:57.49).

Darby finished seventh (143) at sectional and will have three individuals competing in five events, in addition to all three relays.

Mackenzie Caruthers and Tia McLaughlin qualified in two events. Caruthers is seeded 11th in the 500 free after finishing fourth (5:27.69) and seeded 18th in the 50 free after placing seventh (25.92). McLaughlin was sixth at sectional in the 100 back (1:05.29, seeded 19th) and 11th in the 100 fly (1:03.45, seeded 24th).

The 200 medley relay was fifth (1:56.92) and is seeded 11th, the 400 free relay was sixth (4:01.27) and is seeded 12th.

Bradley's Brynn Driscoll won the 100 breast (1:09.47) and is seeded seventh at district. The Jaguars finished ninth (90).

Driscoll also qualified in the 50 free (26.28) after placing 10th.

Also for Bradley, Delaney Banda was ninth in the 100 back (1:06.35) to advance.

The 200 medley relay and 400 free relay also qualified.