Anderson falls short of state diving title
Brittany Anderson of the Wellington School girls swimming and diving team was pleased with her performance in diving in the Division II state meet even though she had to settle for being runner-up for the second consecutive season.
The junior held the lead through nine dives, but DeSales senior Andrea Aquista rallied in her final two dives to win the state championship with 419.25 points. Anderson placed second with a 415.5.
The state meet was held Feb. 20-22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
"I was in shock at first because I had the lead for several rounds and I thought I had it won," Anderson said. "But the more I thought about it, diving is a subjective sport and I'm really proud that I did the best I could on every dive and almost won. If I had lost by a lot of points or finished below second place, I would have been mad, but I'm fine with it because I know I dived well and you can't control how other people are going to dive or what their scores will be."
Last year, Anderson scored 415.25 points at state to finish second behind 2012 Wauseon graduate Kendall Weber (432.5).
"The (state) competition was tough (this season), but I had a lot of fun and it was a great experience," Anderson said. "My (state) experience made a big difference. This is one of the coldest pools in the state, so I made sure I dried off with a towel and wore a parka to stay warm in between dives. I did well on all of my dives so I'm happy with my performance."
Also at state, senior Annie Miller finished 20th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 9.14 seconds and teamed with senior Jenna Tugaoen, junior Abby Fleeter and sophomore Kate Miller to place 23rd in the 200 medley relay (1:55.99).
"Everyone was happy with the way they competed at state," coach Bill Miller said. "Jenna broke her own school record in the 50 back (28.77) while swimming her leg of the 200 medley relay, and our relay did well. Annie swam her second-fastest time in the 100 breast, too."
Wellington scored 17 points at state to finish 25th behind champion Gates Mills Hawken (321) as 47 teams scored.
The Jaguars opened the postseason by scoring 297 points to place third in the four-team sectional meet Feb. 9 at Upper Arlington, behind Centennial (332) and Grandview (306), as all three relays and a total of six swimmers qualified for district.
Wellington placed sixth (128) at district Feb. 15 at Ohio State behind champion Granville (457) as 36 teams scored.
At district, Anderson placed second in diving (427.65) behind Aquista (476.75), the 200 medley relay of Tugaoen, Annie Miller, Fleeter and Kate Miller placed fourth in a program-record 1:54.86 and Annie Miller placed fifth in the 100 breast in a program-record 1:08.69.
"Finishing sixth at district is one of the best team finishes we've ever had," coach Miller said.
"Even though we're one of the smallest Division II schools, we put people on the podium in almost every race."
Haring finishes 11th in boys state diving
Michael Haring of the boys swimming and diving team finished 11th (340.45) in diving in the Division II state meet behind champion Alex Gonzalez (511.75) of Canton Central Catholic.
The sophomore was the lone state representative for the Jaguars, who scored six points and tied Sandusky for 47th in the state meet, behind champion Dayton Oakwood (288) as 58 teams scored.
Last season, Haring finished 17th at state with 234.45 points.
"I knew what to expect at state this year and I definitely felt more comfortable," he said. "There were a lot of good people there and it was a fun experience. I improved on where I finished last year and I'm only a sophomore, so I'm looking forward to coming back and improving on my finish again in the future."
Wellington scored 92 points and placed fourth in the five-team sectional at UA behind champion Grandview (280), as the Jaguars advanced to district in two relays and two individual events.
At district, Haring won the diving title with 396.65 points, finishing ahead of Hartley's Brian Hearns (369.65), and freshman Matthew Xin placed eighth in the 200 freestyle in a program-record 1:55.48 but didn't qualify for state.
Wellington scored 44 points at district to tie Bexley for 17th behind champion Granville (332) as 36 teams scored.
"Our boys all swam personal-best times in most of their events at district," coach Miller said.
"Our boys team isn't losing any seniors, but we only have six boys coming back, so we're hoping to add seven eighth-graders to improve our numbers and talent."
Boys basketball team begins postseason
The boys basketball team opened Division IV district tournament play Feb. 27 against 13th-seeded Grove City Christian in a second-round game. Both teams had a first-round bye.
The winner faces third-seeded Fairfield Christian or 18th-seeded Morral Ridgedale in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Westerville North.
The semifinal winner will play in a district final at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum against second-seeded Newark Catholic, ninth-seeded Fisher Catholic, 14th-seeded Northside Christian or 17th-seeded Marion Catholic.
The seventh-seeded Jaguars, who were 12-9 entering the postseason, lost to Fairfield Christian 56-42 on Dec. 7.