Suzanne Hrabowy of the DeSales High School girls swimming and diving team wasn't about to let three-hundredths of a second get in the way of five years of friendship.

Suzanne Hrabowy of the DeSales High School girls swimming and diving team wasn't about to let three-hundredths of a second get in the way of five years of friendship.

After placing second in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.86 seconds in the Division II district meet Feb. 17 at Ohio State, Hrabowy congratulated the champion, Columbus School for Girls' Ranndi Grubbs (52.83). The two high-fived and embraced on the awards stand and started looking forward to the state meet on Thursday, Feb. 23, and Friday, Feb. 24, at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

"It's rough to lose like that, but it's been like that ever since I've known her," said Hrabowy, a senior who will swim at the University of Toledo. "We've always been neck-and-neck in everything. That's our thing. We don't get upset about it. We're always proud of each other."

Hrabowy earned an automatic state berth in the 100 free by virtue of her second-place finish, and earned an at-large berth in the 50 free by finishing in 24.63. She is seeded 14th in the 50 free and 11th in the 100 free, one spot behind Grubbs.

The top two finishers in each swimming event, the top finisher in boys diving and the top three finishers in girls diving automatically qualified for state. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded in each swimming event based on district times statewide.

"I dropped time (one-tenth of a second) in the 50 free for the first time since my freshman year, so that was huge for me," said Hrabowy, who was 12th in the 100 butterfly (59.61) and 14th in the 100 free (53.69) at state last year. "I'm close to my best time, not quite where I want to be, but I have next week to do better. Even if that doesn't get me there, I'm still happy with where I ended up. Just dropping in general is a big thing for me."

The top eight finishers in each preliminary heat at state advance to the finals.

Joining Hrabowy at state is freshman Anne Marie Cummins, who finished fourth in the 100 fly (59.35) and fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:00.32). She is seeded 15th at state in both events.

The girls team scored 114 points at district and placed sixth behind champion Granville (475) and the boys team finished 14th (55) behind champion Granville (325.5).

The boys team did not have any state qualifiers. Junior Eddy Cordek fell short after finishing fourth in the 100 back (57.65). That time was 1.04 seconds shy of the final at-large berth.

"It's going to be close, but either way, if I do get in, I'll be totally stoked about that, but if I don't, I've had a great year," Cordek said after the meet. "I have great coaches and great teammates. That's all I can ask for."

•The girls basketball team overcame a sluggish start in its Division II district tournament opener to rout Licking Heights 47-15 on Feb. 15 at Delaware.

Kelsey Albanese had 12 points and Tyler Craig scored nine for the Stallions, who were 4-for-15 from the field in the first quarter but led 27-8 at halftime and by as many as 34 points midway through the fourth quarter. Eight players scored for the Stallions.

"I think we had some jitters going into the tournament," coach Brian Cromwell said. "Early on, we were pressing a little bit and not finishing real well, but they settled down and were a little more focused, were a little more deliberate in the execution of our offense and we were able to get better looks."

DeSales will play Caledonia River Valley in a second-round game at 7:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Delaware. The winner will play fifth-seeded Eastmoor Academy or Hamilton Township in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Delaware. The semifinal winner will return to the same site March 2 to play fourth-seeded Brookhaven, sixth-seeded Licking Valley, 12th-seeded Big Walnut or Utica in a district final.

River Valley is 9-11 and is led by junior forward Abby Guinther, who is averaging 13.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots. She scored a career-high 33 points Jan. 19 in a 65-57 loss to Sparta Highland and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds Jan. 21 in a 68-58 loss to Marion Elgin.

Other top players for River Valley include junior guards Raven Phelps and Courtney Rengert and freshman guard Kayla Radcliff.

•Senior Jason Allen and junior Ian Ferguson won championships at 160 and 170 pounds, respectively, and the wrestling team scored 88 points to place ninth behind champion Sparta Highland (172.5) in the Division II sectional tournament Feb. 18 at Big Walnut.

Allen pinned Highland's Cody Kucera in 3 minutes, 6 seconds to win the title. Ferguson had a 12-4 major decision win over Utica's Nick Carpenter.

Allen and Ferguson will be the Stallions' only representatives in the district tournament on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at Uhrichsville Claymont.

The top four finishers in each weight class at district qualify for the state tournament March 1-3 at Ohio State.

•The hockey team lost 5-4 in overtime to Springboro in the first round of the district tournament Feb. 17 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus.

Thomas Gorman and Joe Gray scored third-period goals, both off assists from Tyler McClary, to help the Stallions erase a 4-2 deficit.

DeSales finished 20-12-1 overall and won the Capital Hockey Conference-Blue Division at 9-6-0-1 (19 points), finishing ahead of Worthington Kilbourne (6-9-0-1, 13), Dublin Scioto (2-4, 4) and Watterson (0-14-0-2, 2). The Stallions lost 10-2 to Dublin Jerome in the first round of the Blue Jackets Cup on Feb. 9.

Gray, a junior, scored a team-high 51 goals. Sophomore Tyler Klutch had 24 goals and senior Tyler McClary scored 23.

•Senior Jack Slomsky and freshman Tyler LaTorre of the boys bowling team qualified for the district tournament on Saturday, Feb. 25, at HP Lanes.

Slomsky rolled a 562 series and finished 11th in the sectional tournament Feb. 17 at Eastland Lanes. LaTorre rolled a 525 and placed 24th. The top nine teams and top nine individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district.

The Stallions rolled a 3,067 and finished 18th behind champion Westerville South (3,916).

DeSales' other scorers were Reno Borghese (462, 60th), Amber Strohacker (244, tied for 128th), Brad Bohus (152, tied for 130th), Miranda Hladik (124, 152nd) and Tony LaTorre (117, 154th).

The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team at district advance to the state tournament March 2 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.