Quinn Mickelson will leave Marysville High School in possession of several records in the swimming program.

Quinn Mickelson will leave Marysville High School in possession of several records in the swimming program.

Mickelson, however, is in search of one achievement that has proved elusive.

The senior is hoping to become the first boys swimmer from Marysville to qualify for the Division I state meet, which will be held Feb. 23-25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Brittany Finlay, a 2010 graduate, was the first girls qualifier in her senior season and Miranda Hampton advanced last season. Hampton, a junior, is not competing for the Monarchs this season.

Mickelson is a two-time district qualifier, with his best finish coming last season when he was 10th in the 100-yard backstroke in 54.91 seconds.

As a sophomore, he missed the season with a stress fracture in his back sustained while playing recreational football on Thanksgiving.

Mickelson, who also specializes in the butterfly and freestyle, believes the backstroke represents his best chance to qualify for state.

"It's been my goal since freshman year," Mickelson said of qualifying for state. "I've watched my brothers time and time again try to get there in all their four years. They got close a couple times, but not quite."

"If he tapers well, he has a great shot of making it to state," coach Ann Rausch said. "We've never had a boy swimmer go to state. He's a hard worker and very much dedicated."

Swimming at Marysville has been a family tradition for the Mickelsons.

Quinn's brother, Gavin, is a freshman in the program.

Colin Mickelson graduated in 2009 and Ian Mickelson graduated in 2010. Quinn, Colin and Ian are part of eight program records.

Quinn bettered his record in the 100 back, which was achieved at district last season, with a 54.81 in the Ned Reeb Invitational on Dec. 10 at Ohio State.

He set a program record in the 100 fly with a 58.09 in a meet against Hilliard Bradley and Hilliard Darby on Dec. 19, bettering the previous mark of 58.25 held by Ian.

Quinn, Gavin, Ian and Grant Barnhorst hold program records in the 200 medley (1:45.51) and 200 free (1:32.85) relays.

Quinn said being able to swim with Gavin this season has been special.

"It has been cool and weird because I've talked about it so long with him, and now that this year has finally come and gone, it's just weird to look and think about that," Quinn said. "I try to mentor him as much as I can, as much as he'll listen to an older brother. His strokes are the same as mine. He does backstroke, too, so I try to guide him in that and get him to where I'm at."

Quinn tuned up for the postseason, which began with the OCC-Cardinal Division meet Jan. 28 at the Union County YMCA, by finishing first in the 100 free (50.44) in a meet against Thomas Worthington on Jan. 25. Quinn was second in the 100 back (57.87) and joined Gavin on the second-place 200 medley (1:52.18) and 200 free (1:39) relays.

"They're a great family," Rausch said of the Mickelsons. "With having Colin who swam and having Ian who swam, the last eight years there has been a Mickelson on the team. They really treat each other great and they support each other. Quinn gives Gavin great advice."

Quinn began swimming in the fourth grade for the Marysville Stingrays as part of the community's youth program.

He never anticipated having this much success.

"I was the kid that was always turning blue from the cold and getting out of practice every day," he said. "I wouldn't have believed it. I realized goals are achievable and you have to work hard to get them. There's no slacking involved in swimming."

Quinn would like to swim in college and is considering Towson University in Maryland.

•The boys basketball team will play host to Bellefontaine on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The Monarchs were 3-11 overall and 0-9 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Westerville Central on Jan. 27.

Marysville lost to Olentangy 61-53 in overtime on Jan. 24.

"Our kids played extremely hard, but our execution of what we work on in practice has to become more consistent in the game," coach Ryan Grose said. "We left opportunities on the floor to win the game and we couldn't overcome an unbelievable individual performance by Seth Clark for Olentangy."

Clark scored a game-high 27 points.

Craig Runyan led Marysville with 17 points. Steven Romesburg made three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points.

•The wrestling team took over sole possession of first place in the OCC-Cardinal with a 38-21 victory over host Olentangy on Jan. 26.

Marysville improved to 4-0 in the league. Olentangy Liberty is 5-1, and both Olentangy and Westerville North are 3-1.

Winners by pin for the Monarchs were Taleb Rahmani at 113 pound (2 minutes, 53 seconds) and Thomas Taylor at 195 (3:18).

The Monarchs are eighth in the Division I state poll led by No. 1 Lakewood St. Edward and first in the area poll ahead of No. 2 Olentangy.

"We still have three more league matches left, so we still have work to do," coach Shawn Andrews said. "Any time you wrestle good competition, win or lose, you can find things to improve on. We saw a great deal (against Olentangy) that we can do better between now and the postseason, but our guys are happy to be 4-0 in the league."

Marysville has won 11 league titles and is seeking its first since the 2009-10 season.