The Centennial High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams tuned up for their respective sectionals Saturday, Feb. 10, at Upper Arlington by winning seven City League titles.
The boys set two program records while capturing four league championships Feb. 3 at Columbus Aquatics Center.
"We're excited and looking forward to the sectionals to see how much time we can drop and how many swimmers we can move on to districts," coach Michael Barnes said. "I thought both teams were strong (in the City meet). We had some (personal records) and set two program records."
For the boys, sophomore Shawn Jacobsen broke his own program record in the 100-yard freestyle while winning in 50.05 seconds. He had set the previous record of 50.1 earlier this season.
Jacobsen also won the 50 free (23.12).
"Shawn hadn't been challenged much this season, but (Whetstone's David Maston) really pushed him in the 100 free," Barnes said. "He had a really good day."
Senior Daniel Edgington, a state qualifier last season in diving, won the event with a program-record 245.5 points. Teammate Jordan Walker was second (176.45).
The 400 free relay of Kyle Juracich, Jacobsen, Edgington and Dominic Richards won in 3:44.73, as the Stars finished second (109) behind Whetstone (123) and ahead of Eastmoor Academy (22) and Beechcroft (21).
The girls team also placed second (95) behind Whetstone (124) and ahead of Eastmoor (39) and Beechcroft (17).
Sophomore Yana Napier won the 100 backstroke in a personal-record 1:10.91 and won the 50 free (27.82). Senior Kaylee Beyer won diving (159.35).
"I was happy with our team scores, especially because we were missing a few kids with the flu and injuries," Barnes said. "The reality is that our boys team was barely edged in the 200 free relay (1:33.79) by Whetstone (1:33.02) and that's a swing of eight points. Plus we had a (disqualification) in the backstroke, so we were so close to pulling it out."
The girls team will compete in a Division I sectional, from which the winner of each swimming event automatically advances to district Feb. 17 at Ohio University. In addition, 27 at-large qualifiers will advance in each event based on times from the sectionals in the Central, East and Southeast districts.
The boys will be in Division II, where they will be battling to be one of 27 at-large qualifiers in each event to the district meet Feb. 16 at Ohio University.
There is no diving at sectional. Divers compete at district Monday, Feb. 12, and Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Dublin Recreation Center. The top four girls in Division I and the top three boys in Division II advance to state.
Osborne: Boys team finding ways to win
The boys basketball team had won five of six games to improve to 11-8 overall and 7-5 in the City-North Division ahead of a Feb. 6 contest against Linden-McKinley.
The Stars, who conclude the regular season by playing host to Northland on Friday, Feb. 9, held off Thomas Worthington 45-43 on Feb. 3 after beating Whetstone 84-64 the night before.
"Even though we didn't play particularly well (against Thomas) we found a way to win," coach Roosevelt Osborne III said. "(Thomas') length gave us some trouble, so we tried to beat them down the floor and take early shots. So we rushed some shots and had some turnovers.
"But because we were so hot against Whetstone shooting 3-pointers, the kids attempted far too many 3-pointers and they weren't falling."
The Stars trailed Thomas 43-38 before Myles Martinez made a field goal and two free throws with about a minute remaining. After Thomas missed two free throws, the Stars called timeout with 17 seconds remaining. Sean Tyson then made a pass to Jaylen Gilbert under the basket and Gilbert scored, was fouled and converted a three-point play with 6.1 seconds left.
Thomas turned the ball over and never took a final shot.
Martinez scored 15 points, Gilbert had 13 and Gary Elder added nine. Tyson had 10 assists.
"Gary and Sean are two of our top scorers and both are seniors, but neither had good scoring games," Osborne said. "It was nice to see our younger guys really step up and make key plays. Even though Gary and Sean didn't score well, they did other things and that gave us a chance to win. Everyone who played got involved and I like that."
Against Whetstone, the Stars scored 37 points in the first quarter and led 56-33 at halftime. Tyson had 23 points and Elder scored 20, as each made four 3-pointers. Martinez scored 12 points, Gilbert had 10 and Ira Campbell added nine.
The Division II district tournament draw is Sunday, Feb. 11.
Girls basketball team picks up another win
The girls basketball team earned its fourth win of the season by beating International 76-58 on Jan. 30 behind Naa Dromo Korley's 30 points.
The Stars finished 4-10 in the City-North after losing to Whetstone 43-29 on Feb. 2. They were 4-15 overall before closing the regular season Feb. 5 against Jonathan Alder.
Against International, Neveah Brown had 15 points, Qiyje January scored 12 and Shamara Bridges added 10.
January scored 12 points and Korley added nine against Whetstone.
The Stars are seeded 47th of 50 teams for the Division I district tournament and have a first-round bye. They will play at second-seeded Dublin Coffman or 46th-seeded Groveport in the second round Feb. 23.
Below are the coming schedules for the Centennial boys basketball, bowling and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 9 -- Home vs. Northland. The Stars lost to the Vikings 63-50 on Jan. 22.
Feb. 13 -- Beechcroft at Sequoia Pro Bowl
Feb. 9 -- At Columbus Academy