Dan Leathery will represent the Columbus Academy wrestling team at the Division III district tournament after placing third at 140 pounds in the Madison Plains sectional on Feb. 18-19.

Dan Leathery will represent the Columbus Academy wrestling team at the Division III district tournament after placing third at 140 pounds in the Madison Plains sectional on Feb. 18-19.

Leathery went 3-1 at sectional to raise his record to 20-12. He was pinned by North Union's Trent Thompson in 3 minutes, 1 second in a semifinal match but bounced back to win his next two matches, pinning Centerburg's Jacob Grandstaff in 55 seconds before beating Utica's Jacob Connolly 4-0 in the third-place match.

The top four in each weight class at sectional advanced to the district tournament, which will be held Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26, at Coshocton.

"Dan may be coming into his own as a wrestler," coach Paul Bukky said. "In his wrestle back matches, he showed courage and poise as he pinned the fourth-seeded wrestler from Centerburg and defeated the third-seeded wrestler from Utica. He is coming on strong."

Also competing at sectional were sophomore Johnston Allinder, who went 1-2 at 152, and freshman Jeremy Schroeder, who was 0-2 at 130.

"I wanted to lead by example because we have a freshman and a sophomore and they both got pretty tough draws and I had some winnable matches," Leathery said. "I didn't want to let them down. I came out and I wasn't going to lose."

The top four in each weight class at district qualify for the state tournament March 3-5 at Ohio State.

Academy finished 13th (17 points) at sectional, behind champion West Jefferson (254.5).

•Sophomore Abby Brown of the girls swimming and diving team will be making her second appearance at the Division II state meet, which began Feb. 23 and runs through Friday, Feb. 25, at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Brown will be making a return trip to state in the 100-yard butterfly after winning the event in 57.16 seconds at the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State. She is seeded third at state.

"Abby had a fantastic swim," coach Craig Yakscoe said. "She just had a great race. She really did a nice job in the second half bringing it home and finishing that last 25 very strong. It was nice."

"I was hoping to just make it, so the time and the place are just icing on the cake," said Brown, who placed sixth (58.53) in the 100 fly at state last year.

Natalie Ritter also will be making a return trip to state by finishing second in diving at district with 488.10 points. Ritter, who is seeded second at state behind DeSales' Andrea Acquista, finished second (414.30) at state last season.

The girls team's other state qualifiers are Lauren Burke in the 200 individual medley, India Sherman in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, Sarah Wilson in the 100 fly, and the 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay.

The girls team was second (269) at district behind Granville (368) as 33 teams scored.

Senior William Rosler is returning to state in the 100 free and 100 fly. He finished third at district in the 100 free (47.07) and is seeded third at state, and finished third at district in the 100 fly (51.96) and is seeded ninth at state.

Last season at state, Rosler was second in the 100 free (47.0) and fourth in the 100 fly (50.95).

Junior Conrad Wuorinen is heading back to state in the 200 free after finishing second (1:45.21) at district. Wuorinen, who is seeded 12th at state, finished 24th (1:51.54) last season.

Wuorinen is seeded seventh in the 100 fly at state after placing second (51.47) at district.

Rosler, Wuorinen, Brett Balasky and William Westwater won the 400 free relay (3:14.71) at district and are seeded fourth at state. They also won the 200 free relay (1:28.59) at district and are seeded fifth at state.

Westwater also qualified for state in the 50 and 100 free, and Balasky will compete in the 100 backstroke.

"I'm hoping each of these swimmers posts a little better time than what they did at district, and see where the places fall," Yakscoe said.

The boys team finished second (209) at district behind Granville (256) with 34 teams scoring.

•The girls basketball team ended its season with a 40-39 loss to Newark Catholic in the first round of the Division III district tournament Feb. 17 at Dublin Scioto.

Junior guard Erin Simmons led the Vikings with 12 points, followed by junior guard LaShaun Ransom with 11.

"It's definitely not how we wanted to end the season," coach Heather Gepper said. "It was a bit of a disappointment."

The Vikings finished 12-9 overall and 7-7 in the MSL-Ohio Division.

Newark Catholic also beat Academy twice in league play, winning 39-37 on Dec. 2 and 43-33 on Jan. 14.

The Vikings finished fifth in the MSL-Ohio, behind co-champions Granville and Licking Valley (10-4), Bexley (9-5) and Newark Catholic (8-6), and ahead of Lakewood (5-9), Heath (4-10) and Whitehall (3-11).

Simmons led the team in scoring, averaging 12 points, and was named first-team all-MSL-Ohio. Ransom averaged nine points and was second-team all-league, and junior guard Dina Sinno was honorable mention all-league.

The Vikings lose four seniors in Aubree Dipman, Erica Frank, Rachel McGhee and Allie Roehrenbeck. Dipman led the team in rebounding, averaging 11.3.

"We had a real positive season," Gepper said. "Our goal was to come in and have a winning season. We really did a lot of great things."

Along with Sinno, Ransom and Simmons, expected to return are juniors Allison Martin and Meredith McCloud and freshman Brianna King.

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Columbus Academy boys basketball, bowling and swimming & diving teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Feb. 15 - Defeated Lakewood 63-49

*Feb. 18 - Def. Bexley 58-40

Feb. 22 - Played Madison Plains in first round of Division III district tournament. Winner plays Marion Pleasant in second round, 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Dublin Scioto. Winner plays in a district semifinal, 6 p.m. March 2 at Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Of note: The Vikings were 14-5 overall before Feb. 22 and finished 10-4 in the MSL-Ohio.

*MSL-Ohio game

BOWLING

Feb. 18 - Boys: Finished 21st (2,845) of 24 teams in Eastland Lanes sectional, behind first-place Hartley (4,231); Girls: Finished 15th (2,519) of 21 teams in Eastland sectional, behind first-place Westerville South (3,531)

SWIMMING & DIVING

Feb. 18 - Boys: Finished second (209) in Division II district meet at Ohio State; Girls: Finished second (269) in Division II district meet at Ohio State

Feb. 23-25 - Qualifiers at Division II state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton

Below are the state qualifiers with district result and state seed:

BOYS - Brett Balasky: 100 back (56.67, fifth, 23rd); William Rosler: 100 free (47.07, third, third), 100 fly (51.96, third, ninth); William Westwater: 50 free (21.71, fourth, eighth), 100 free (48.21, fourth, eighth); Conrad Wuorinen: 200 free (1:45.21, second, 12th), 100 fly (51.47, second, seventh); 200 free relay (1:28.59, first, fifth); 400 free relay (3:14.71, first, fourth)

Others who competed at district: Balasky: 200 free (1:52.51, 10th); Mitchell Dreisbach: 500 free (5:32.10, 17th); Andy Li: 100 fly (1:04.03, 30th); John Petrie: 50 free (23.51, 17th), 100 back (1:02.33, 15th); Ben Sinvany: 100 breast (1:08.86, 17th), 200 IM (2:15.94, 12th); 200 medley relay (1:53.67, 14th)

GIRLS - Abby Brown: 100 fly (57.16, third, third); Lauren Burke: 200 IM (2:13.71, third, 22nd); Natalie Ritter: diving (488.10, second, second); India Sherman: 50 free (25.56, fourth, 24th), 100 breast (1:08.19, fourth, 20th); Sarah Wilson: 100 fly (59.73, fifth, 16th); 200 free relay (1:44.02, fourth, 24th); 400 free relay (3:46.72, second, 21st); 200 medley relay (1:50.78, second, seventh)

Others who competed at district: Brown: 100 back (1:02.12, sixth); Burke: 100 free (56.01, 10th); Lauren Cullen: 100 back (1:03.22, seventh), 100 fly (1:00.89, ninth); Lexie Eagleson: 200 IM (2:43.82, 28th); Annie Lee: 100 free (55.74, eighth), 100 fly (1:01.58, 13th); Cami Mampieri: 50 free (27.27, 21st), 100 breast (1:19.55, 18th); Maggie McGuire: 50 free (26.31, 12th); Bekka Stahl: 50 free (27.27, 21st); Sarah Wilson: 500 free (5:21.28, sixth)