Worthington News

Swimming & Diving

Witkiewiez leads Cards girls

Kaylee Witkiewiez won two individual events to help the Thomas Worthington High School girls swimming and diving team finish first in the Division I sectional meet Feb. 9 at home.

Witkiewiez won the 50-yard freestyle (24.7 seconds) and 100 backstroke (58.29) and is seeded first in both events for the district meet Saturday, Feb. 16, at Ohio State. She was one of eight Cardinals to qualify for district in an individual event.

Also advancing in an individual event for the Cardinals were Julia Valentine (100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly), Rino Laios (100 free, 200 individual medley), Cassandra Laios (100 free, 100 back), Abby Jank (100 free, 200 free), Olivia Love (100 free, 100 back), Abby Wiet (200 free, 500 free) and Maren Reeder (100 breast, 200 IM).

Thomas also qualified all three relays. The 200 medley relay is seeded second at district and the 400 free and 200 free relays are seeded third and fifth, respectively.

The winner of each sectional swimming event qualified for district. In addition, 27 at-large district berths were awarded in each swimming event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until district.

The Cardinals finished first (311) in the 12-team sectional, ahead of New Albany (239), Delaware (187), Gahanna (163), Worthington Kilbourne (120), Westerville South (107), Watkins Memorial (103), Big Walnut (76), Mount Vernon (37), Teays Valley (26), Northland (14) and Newark (8).

Individual district qualifiers for Kilbourne were Courtney Fisher (200 free), Elisia Manchester (100 free, 200 free) and Jackie Wachtel (100 breast, 100 fly). Wachtel is seeded 10th in the 100 breast.

The Wolves also qualified all three relays.

At district, the top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to the state meet Feb. 21-23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top three boys divers and top four girls divers advance to state.

Harper, Kaida lead way for local boys teams

Trenton Harper led Thomas and Riku Kaida led Kilbourne in the Division I boys sectional meet Feb. 9 at Thomas.

Harper won the 100 breast (1:00.13) and 200 IM (2:00.52). He is seeded second at district in the 100 breast and third in the 200 IM.

Also qualifying for district in two individual events for the Cardinals was Anton Teufel (50 free, 100 free). Matt Reed (100 breast), Mason Zurovchak (100 fly) and the three relays also advanced.

Kaida advanced in the 100 back and 200 IM and is seeded ninth at district in the 100 back and 11th in the 200 IM. Grayton Giesman also qualified in two events (100 free, 200 free) for the Wolves. Also advancing were Mitchell Guist (100 back), Nick Ramos (100 fly) and all three relays.

Thomas finished second (208.5) at sectional, behind Westerville South (216) and ahead of New Albany (201.5), Delaware (181), Kilbourne (150), Mount Vernon (97), Gahanna (88), Northland (81), Teays Valley (43), Newark (12) and Watkins Memorial (4).

--Brad Emerine