Jackson Humphey and William Rosler of the Columbus Academy boys swimming team are making their second consecutive trip to the Division II state meet, which will be Friday and Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Jackson Humphey and William Rosler of the Columbus Academy boys swimming team are making their second consecutive trip to the Division II state meet, which will be Friday and Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Last season they were members of the 200-yard medley relay that finished 13th in 1 minute, 38.8 seconds.

Both are planning to be busy in Canton after they led the Vikings to a third-place finish last Friday at the Division II district meet at Ohio State with 208 points behind New Albany (353) and Olentangy (296).

Humphrey is seeded ninth in the 500 freestyle (4:49.77) and 200 free (1:45.56) and Rosler is seeded eighth 100 backstroke (54.0) and ninth in the 100 butterfly (52.09). They will join Nathan Mullins and Andrew Nash in the 200 free relay (1:28.67), seeded seventh, and 200 medley relay (1:40.47), seeded 11th.

"I didn't know what to expect last year at state," Humphrey said. "Now that I have a little more experience, I still don't know the feeling of the individual event. I'm psyched up for next week, but also very nervous."

Coach Craig Yakscoe credited Humphrey's success in the distance events to his training and body type.

"He could excel in any individual high school event," Yakscoe said. "He's got the speed and endurance to carry that speed. Anytime you have that combination it's the whole package."

Rosler's concern is how he will handle swimming in four events, three of which will be raced consecutively -- the 100 fly, 200 free relay and 100 back.

"Swimming in a relay is a lot more exciting because you get to bond with a team," Rosler said. "Also, it could be detrimental with so many races. After the race, I need to go straight to the warm-up pool and do lots of warm down and resting."

On the girls side, Academy finished fourth at last Friday's district meet with 158 points behind champion New Albany (527).

Sarah Wilson will make her first appearance at the state meet as she is seeded eighth in the 200 free (1:56.44) and 10th in the 100 fly (1:00.34). She will join Ali Dillon, Liza Petrie and Natalie Szykowny in the 200 free relay (1:43.90) that is seeded 19th.

"I'm kind of nervous, but excited to get to go swim at the pool again," Wilson said. "I'm excited to swim the relay with my teammates. We have a couple seniors on the 200 free and we just wanted them to be able to get to state and be with us during the tournament."

Wilson plans to rely on past state-qualifying teammates Chelsea Dipman, Dillon and Szykowny for their support. According to Yakscoe, Wilson's ability to rely on her skills helped her qualify for the state meet.

"Sarah's ability to focus, be mentally strong and let her physical training take over is similar to Jackson and William," Yakscoe said. "She's letting that training carry her through. She is a very hard worker and very dedicated and at this point of the year that is starting to shine through."

ĽThe wrestling team finished 11th (27) behind champion West Jefferson (256) at the Division III sectional last Saturday at Northridge.

Individually, Preston Pearson (160 pounds) qualified for the district tournament Friday and Saturday at Steubenville by finishing third after pinning Lucas Hollis of Harvest Prep at 1:34.

"He started a little flat then just turned it on," coach Paul Bukky said. "It seemed like he got back into his rhythm (last) Saturday and was right on stride in his final match."

Pearson, who is 26-4, will open district against Elgin's Ryan Hudson, who is 35-10.

"Preston is a tough kid even though he's young just being a sophomore," Bukky said. "He only started in eighth grade so he has only two years under his belt. But he's good on his feet, good on top and good at turning kids and making things happen.

"If he wrestles like he did (against Hollis), he'll have a good weekend."

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling and boys and girls swimming and diving teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Feb. 18 -- Lost to Newark Catholic 65-50. Max Hoster scored 18 points and Cameron Baker had 14.

*Last Friday --╩Defeated Licking Valley 50-47. Baker scored 19 points.

Last Wednesday --╩Played East Knox in first round of Division III district tournament. The winner will play eighth-seeded Bloom-Carroll or Northmor in the second round Saturday at Dublin Scioto, with the winner of that advancing to a district semifinal Tuesday at the Fairgrounds Coliseum against sixth-seeded North Union, Ready or River Valley.

Of note: The Vikings were 10-10 overall before last Wednesday and finished 6-8 in the MSL-Ohio.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Last Tuesday --╩Played fourth-seeded Fairfield Christian in second round of Division IV district tournament. The winner will play sixth-seeded Ridgedale or eighth-seeded Tree of Life in a district semifinal Monday at Westerville Central.

Of note: The Vikings were 8-12 before last Tuesday.

SWIMMING & DIVING

Last Friday and Saturday --╩Boys: Finished third (208) behind New Albany (353) and Olentangy (296) in Division II district meet at Ohio State. State qualifiers with district result and state seed were Jackson Humphrey (200 free, 1:45.56, third, seeded ninth; 500 free, 4:49.77, second, ninth), William Rosler (100 back, 54.0, second, eighth; 100 fly, 52.09, fourth, ninth), Drew Yakscoe (200 IM, 2:02.14, fourth, 19th), the 200 free relay (1:28.67, second, seventh) and the 200 medley relay (1:40.47, third, 11th). Others who competed were Dustin Chan (100 back, 1:01.49, 18th; 100 fly, 57.08, 10th), Nathan Mullins (50 free, 22.84, 10th), Andrew Nash (50 free, 22.69, eighth), Will Sherman (500 free, 5:34.31, 21st; 100 breast, 1:07.84, 15th), Ben Sinvany (500 free, 5:49.50, 26th; 200 IM, 2:19.69, 22nd), Conrad Wuorinen (500 free, 5:49.66, 27th; 100 fly, disqualified), Yakscoe (100 fly, 52.09, seventh) and the 400 free relay (3:27.53, seventh); Girls:╩Finished fourth (158) behind champion New Albany (527) in Division II district meet at Ohio State. State qualifiers with district result and state seed were Chelsea Dipman (100 breast, 1:10.77, fourth, 24th), Sarah Wilson (200 free, 1:56.44, second, eighth; 100 fly, 1:00.34, fourth, 10th), the 200 free relay (1:43.9, fifth, 19th) and the 200 medley relay (1:57.65, fourth, 21st). Others who competed were Lauren Burke (100 back, 1:06.3, 18th; 200 IM, 2:23.06, 12th), Ali Dillon (50 free, 26.09, 13th), Annie Lee (500 free, 5:39.3, eighth; 100 back, 1:10.16, 26th), Bethany Luzny (100 breast, 1:14.92, 13th), Maggie McGuire (100 back, 1:06.79, 19th), Liza Petrie (200 free, 2:12.96, 20th), Natalie Ritter (diving, did not compete because of injury), Natalie Szykowny (200 free, 2:08.47, 15th) and the 400 free relay (3:50.3, fifth).