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Swimming & Diving

Witkiewicz leads Thomas to sectional title


Kaylee Witkiewicz won an individual title and was a member of two winning relays as the Thomas Worthington High School girls swimming and diving team won its 13-team home Division I sectional meet Feb. 8.

The Cardinals scored 212.5 points to hold off runner-up Delaware (207). Kilbourne finished sixth (102).

Thomas qualified seven swimmers for the district meet Saturday, Feb. 15, at Ohio State, in eight individual events and three relays.

At district, the top two finishers in each swimming event, the top three finishers in boys diving and the top four finishers in girls diving advance to the state meet Feb. 20-22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded in each event based on times statewide. There was no diving at sectional.

Witkiewicz won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.38 seconds and is seeded first at district. She swam leadoff in the winning 200 medley relay (1:49.58) ahead of Julia Valentine, Abby Wiet and Rina Laios. The relay also is seeded first.

Witkiewicz also teamed with Wiet, Rina Laios and Cassandra Laios on the winning 400 free relay (3:39.6) that is seeded second at district and teamed with Valentine and the Laios sisters on the 200 free relay that placed second (1:41.62) and is seeded third at district.

Wiet placed second in the 500 free (5:27.56) and third in the 200 individual medley (2:15.48) and is seeded 10th and ninth, respectively, at district.

Valentine finished third in the 100 butterfly (1:02.27) and fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.28) and is seeded 12th and fifth, respectively, at district, and Rina Laios placed third in the 100 free (55.15) and seeded ninth.

The Cardinals will not have any divers competing at district.

Kilbourne will be represented at district in five individual events, including diving, and all three relays.

Jackie Wachtel is seeded 13th in the 100 fly after placing fourth (1:02.35) at sectional and is seeded 14th in the 100 breast after placing fifth (1:10.32). Her sister, Audrey Wachtel, is seeded 22nd in the 200 IM after placing fifth (2:23.37), and Elissa Manchester is seeded 30th in the 200 free after finishing ninth (2:08.88).

The 200 free relay (1:47.09) and 200 medley relay (1:59.94) are seeded 14th and 18th, respectively, and the 400 free relay (4:22.45) is seeded 25th.

Scheduled to compete in diving for the Wolves are Mady Lauderman, Sadie Giesman and Elise Katz.

Wolves boys place third in sectional

The Kilbourne boys team finished third (166) in the 11-team Division I sectional Feb. 8 at Thomas, behind New Albany (207) and Westerville Central (183). Thomas placed fifth (137), three points behind fourth-place Delaware (140).

The Wolves qualified six swimmers in seven individual events as well as all three relays.

Riku Kaida won the 100 backstroke (56.05) and was second in the 200 IM (2:05.59) at sectional and is seeded eighth and 11th, respectively, at district. Grayton Geisman placed third in both the 200 free (1:49.65) and 100 free (50.13) and is seeded 11th in the 200 free and 14th in the 100 free.

Logan Indest placed fourth in the 200 IM (2:09.09) and is seeded 22nd and Nick Ramos finished fourth in the 100 fly (57.01) and is seeded 18th.

The 200 medley relay of Kaida, Justin Jiang, Ramos and Geisman is seeded fifth after placing second (1:42.9). The Wolves' other two relays are not seeded in the top 10.

Tanner Atha is expected to compete in diving at district on Friday, Feb. 14.

Thomas will be represented at district in seven individual events, including diving, and all three relays.

The Cardinals are seeded in the top 20 in five swimming events. Gabriel Finch is seeded 14th in the 100 back after placing second (57.36) at sectional and 18th in the 500 free after finishing second (5:12.74).

The other top-20 seeds are Evan Miller in the 200 free (1:52.81, 20th), the 200 free relay (1:39.52, 18th) and the 400 free relay (3:38.79, 20th).

Also qualifying in two individual events were Tyler Girard (200 free, 500 free), Evan Miller (200 free, 100 back) and Stuart Mueller (200 IM, 100 fly).

Scheduled in diving are Andrew Spain and Jaxon Stiver.