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Swimming & Diving

Darby boys reach state in six events

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The Hilliard Darby High School boys swimming and diving team will be represented in the Division I state meet in six events after setting seven program records at district.

Senior Hunter Cook and junior Blake Dickmann both qualified in two individual events to lead the Panthers, who scored 162 points at district Feb. 15 at Ohio State to finish fourth behind St. Charles (304), Upper Arlington (287) and Dublin Coffman (232) as 25 teams scored.

Davidson finished 13th (58) and Bradley was 20th (28).

Dickmann placed third in the 100-yard butterfly (51.79 seconds) and sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:43.67) and is seeded 13th and 22nd, respectively, at state. Both times are program records and his time in the 100 fly is an all-Hilliard record.

The top two placers in each swimming event at district automatically advanced to the state meet at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide, and the top three finishers in boys diving and the top four finishers in girls diving advanced.

The preliminaries for swimming events are Friday, Feb. 21, and the finals are Saturday, Feb. 22.

Dickmann also will be competing at state in two relay events. He teamed with senior Cory McLaughlin, Cook and junior Griffin Jones to place second in the 200 medley relay (1:36.46) and combined with junior Ross McDonald, McLaughlin and Cook to finish sixth in the 400 free relay (3:14.16). Both times are program and all-Hilliard records.

The 200 medley relay is seeded eighth at state and the 400 free relay is seeded 15th.

"It's going to take more focus for me this year because I qualified in individual events, too," said Dickmann, who competed at state last year on two relays. "I think it'll be much more exciting, but three events are in the first half of the meet and I will need to make sure I'm ready to go for each of them."

Cook was district runner-up in the 500 free (4:41.82) and placed third in the 200 individual medley (1:54.34). He is seeded 19th and 10th, respectively, at state.

"Hunter Cook is one of the few athletes who wasn't tapered for district, so he should be rested and ready to drop time at state," said coach Brian Dickmann, who oversees the boys and girls teams at Darby, Bradley and Davidson. "I think he's going to have a big state meet."

Also setting program records but failing to advance to state were the 200 free relay of Jones, senior Max Dignan, McDonald and junior Tyler Long (1:32.65, 16th), McLaughlin in the 100 backstroke (53.08, ninth) and Jones in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.47, ninth).

Bradley will be represented at state by senior Jon Satre, who advanced in two events and helped the Jaguars set five program records.

Satre placed fourth in the 200 free (1:42.22) and sixth in the 100 back (52.45), setting all-Hilliard records in both events. He is seeded 11th in the former and 17th in the latter at state.

"I'm seeded 11th in the 200 free and I want to get on the podium (in that event by finishing in the top eight)," Satre said. "That would be a great accomplishment. I went to state and watched as a sophomore and I qualified last year. I'm hoping the experience I gained will be helpful this time around."

Satre was a member of the 400 free relay (3:59.76, 27th) and 200 medley relay (1:56.85, 25th) that set program records at district. He was joined on both relays by Chester Bonnell, Trent Nguyen and Luke Rehbeck. Satre swam the leadoff leg in the 400 free relay and his 100 time of 42.26 set a program record.

Davidson will be represented at state by sophomore Alex Waldron, who is seeded 20th in the 100 fly after placing seventh at district in a program-record 52.67.

Waldron also set a program record in the 200 IM (2:00.87, 11th) and teamed with Bradley Bowers, Keith Serafy and Brian Long to set a program record in the 200 medley relay (1:39.04, eighth) but did not advance in either event.

"It was an incredible day for all of Hilliard's programs," coach Dickmann said. "All told, we set 23 school records, including 10 (all-Hilliard records), which means they were the best times ever in any of our schools."

One state qualifier among girls teams

Davidson senior Megan Schmalenberger was the only Division I state qualifier for the three girls programs.

She placed fourth in the 50 free (24.29) and seventh in the 100 free (52.75) to advance to state in both events. She is seeded 16th in the former event and 19th in the latter.

Her times in both events set all-Hilliard records.

"My goal all year was to qualify in both events for state, so I'm really happy about this," said Schmalenberger, who missed a state berth in the 100 free last season by .02 of a second. "For all of the offseason and every practice this season, I've tried to remind myself about (the) .02 of a second. (Coach Dickmann) pressured me about it all season, too. He even wrote it on my right hand before district."

Schmalenberger did not compete in the 50 free last year.

"I was always a flyer and I was a little hesitant to drop that for the 50 free," she said. "But my club coach and (coach Dickmann) wanted me to do that. My fly wasn't really progressing and I put up some good numbers in the 50 free right after state last year, so I went ahead and made the change."

Darby was led at district by Mackenzie Caruthers, who finished eighth in the 500 free in an all-Hilliard-record 5:19.73 and finished 15th in the 50 free in a program-record 25.04. She also teamed with Tia McLaughlin, Claire Bergefurd and Olivia Wile to set a program record in the 400 free relay (3:44.94).

Brynn Driscoll led Bradley, setting an all-Hilliard record while finishing 10th in the 100 breast (1:09.47).

The freshman also teamed with Kaemmer Henderson, Delaney Banda and Rebecca Woodson to set a program record in the 200 medley relay (2:01.42, 22nd) and teamed with Lizzie Hofinger, Woodson and Banda to set a program record in the 400 free relay (4:06.99, 23rd).

Davidson scored 50 points at district to finish 13th behind champion UA (522.5) as 24 teams scored. Darby was 18th (27) and Bradley finished 24th (7).

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