Columbus Academy senior Audrey Grammel hopes to cap her prep career with another memorable state performance.
Grammel will compete in three events in the Division III girls state track and field meet Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, at Ohio State.Videos and photos •Watch an interview with Columbus Academy boys tennis players Austin Lawrence and Eric Min. •Check out a slideshow from the state tennis tournament May 26.
In Division II state swimming last season, she swam on the fifth-place 200-yard medley relay and placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke. In cross country last fall, she was 41st in the Division III state meet.
"I'm super excited," Grammel said. "It will be a good time. We had seven of our (boys and girls) relays advance, so we'll have a pretty big team going this year."
The Vikings opened the regional meet held May 24 and 26 at Fairfield Union with Grammel, senior Jessica Griffin, sophomore Samantha Kass and freshman Annalise Grammel winning the 3,200-meter relay in 9 minutes, 37 seconds.
"They really ran well," coach Denny Hammond said. "All of them ran their best times of the year. They are a tough group of young ladies who get a little more confident each time they run."
Audrey Grammel also won the 800 (2:16.33) and teamed with Griffin, Kass and sophomore Mercedes Crestanello to finish fourth in the 1,600 relay (4:05.69).
"I want to have fun and do the best we can," Audrey said.
Griffin, Kass and juniors Briyana Dragin and Muriel Goldfarb were fourth in the 800 relay (1:49.33).
The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to state.
Annalise Grammel was fifth in the 3,200 (11:37.35), Griffin was seventh in the 400 (1:01.0), junior Khloe Dubenion was seventh in the discus (114 feet, 3 inches), Dragin, Goldfarb, sophomore Ginnie Ma and freshman Sarah Neltner were seventh in the 400 relay (52.23), Ma was 11th in the 300 hurdles (50.5) and junior Lexis Hughes was 16th in the shot put (30-8 3/4).
The Vikings finished fourth (40 points) behind champion Marion Pleasant (45) as 43 teams scored.
The boys team finished third (53) behind champion Grandview (71) as 39 teams scored.
Seniors Michael Kusi and Hunter Moffett, junior Karibi Hart and sophomore Harry Mills won the 400 relay (43.96) and finished third in the 800 relay (1:31.39). Hart, Moffett and seniors Kevin Boyce and Tommy Mampieri won the 1,600 relay (3:26.16).
Senior Grayson Mick, juniors Nick Robie and Nick Watson and sophomore Liam McCann were second in the 3,200 relay (8:09.99).
Finishing third were Robie in the 800 (1:58.82) and Hart in the 200 (22.29).
Watson was fifth in the 800 (2:00.7), McCann was seventh in the 3,200 (10:23.18), Mampieri was eighth in the 300 hurdles (43.01) and Mick was 12th in the 1,600 (4:50.55).
reaches state final
The boys tennis doubles team of seniors Austin Lawrence and Eric Min reached the Division II state final May 27 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason before dropping a three-set match.
Lawrence and Min lost to Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla and Justin Baker 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. Lawrence and Min led 5-4 in the third set.
"For Eric to get his name on the board at the school for being a state runner-up and get as far as he did and as far as he's come, that's tremendous for him," coach Jeff Warstler said. "Austin is a legend now at Columbus Academy. He played in three team final fours. He played in two state doubles finals and won 96 matches overall. He did a tremendous job."
Lawrence and Min earned a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win over Gates Mills Hawken's Michael Lee and Josef Horwath in a semifinal.
"We were down 4-1 in the second set and we just kind of dug deep and found it," Lawrence said. "We let loose and were rewarded for it."
Lawrence and Min won district and sectional titles.
Also at district, which concluded May 20 on the Vikings' home courts, sophomore Drew Haffer went 1-1 and senior Sid Menon went 0-1 in singles, and senior Michael Qi and sophomore Suriya Sundaram finished 1-1 in doubles.
The Vikings' bid for a return trip to the state team tournament fell short with a 3-2 home loss to Bexley in a district final May 16.
Academy defeated Bexley 4-1 on April 25 in an MSL-Ohio Division match on its way to a 6-0 league record and the title. Lawrence was named league Player of the Year.
The Vikings finished first overall with 46 points, ahead of Bexley (43, 5-1), Worthington Christian (30, 4-2), West Jefferson (14, 3-3), Grandview (14, 2-4), Whitehall (7, 1-5) and London (2, 0-6).
Junior Sam Vogel and freshman Rhian Seneviratne also are eligible to return.
"We got a league championship and a couple real nice wins, and we spent the season entrenched in the top 10 in the state," Warstler said. "It was another great season for these guys."
Girls lacrosse team
loses regional final
The girls lacrosse team saw its season end with a 14-4 loss to top-seeded and defending state champion DeSales in the Division II, Region 7 final May 27 at Otterbein.
The second-seeded Vikings, who led 4-3 in the first half, finished 11-5 overall.
Freshman midfielder Kiersten Thomassey scored three goals and sophomore attacker Tani Obikunle added one.
The Vikings played without junior goalkeeper Kelley Marie Antoine, who sustained a concussion in a 16-13 win over third-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a regional semifinal May 24.
Freshman Alex Phelps, who played goalie for the junior varsity field hockey team last fall, joined the lacrosse team last week and made her debut in goal, finishing with four saves.
"We did everything we could, (but DeSales') keeper made the difference," coach Anne Horton said. "When we had the looks, she made the saves, and then it was a game of cat and mouse and if you have skilled players there's not much that you can do. I was proud of the girls."
Academy defeated 16th-seeded Dayton Miami Valley 16-0 in the first round May 17 and ninth-seeded Wellington 17-6 in a quarterfinal May 20, both at home.
DeSales defeated Academy 9-8 on May 2 in a Central Independent League game and won the league at 7-0, ahead of the second-place Vikings (5-2).
Academy loses six players to graduation.
"These seniors have done a great job," Horton said. "They were leaders on and off the field. They provided positive leadership right from the start. Even back in the December, they started doing work with these girls. It was a tight-knit group and they're going to be sorely missed."
Other players eligible to return are juniors Sarah Belford (attacker), Maddie DeAscentis (defender) and Shenique Lewis (defender), sophomores Sydney Hill (midfielder), Lexie Leader (midfielder), Jenny L'Hommedieu (defender), Megan Schmitz (defender/midfielder), Avie Smith (attacker) and Yani Taylor (defender) and freshmen Emma Belford (midfielder), Lauren Bernacki (midfielder) and Abby Yakam (midfielder).