Haley Banner will lead the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls swimming team into the Division I district meet Saturday, Feb. 17, at Ohio University.
In a sectional Feb. 10 at Thomas, the junior was runner-up in both the 50-yard freestyle (24.62 seconds) and 100 free (53.27).
Freshman Lauren Richner also had a strong meet, placing sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.93) and seventh in the 50 free (24.92).
At district, Banner is seeded sixth in the 100 free and ninth in the 50 free, while Richner is 17th in the 50 free and 26th in the 100 breast.
"Haley was very strong and set herself up well for the district," coach Jim Callahan said. "She is seeded well, especially in the 100 free. Lauren also swam very well and she's a freshman. In fact, five of the six girls qualifiers are underclassmen, which makes the future very exciting and bright."
At district, the top two finishers in each swimming event qualify for the state meet Feb. 23 and 24 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large berths will be awarded in each swimming event based on times statewide.
"I'm just trusting the process and feeling good about where I am right now," said Banner, the only member of the girls or boys team who qualified for state last season."
Banner placed 23rd in the 100 free (53.89) at state last season.
The Wolves also advanced all three relays to district. The 200 free relay of Ellie Ishida, Banner, Angela Lu and Richner placed third (1:43.28), the 200 medley relay of Banner, Richner, Lu and Ishida was sixth (1:54.35) and the 400 free relay of Ella Brown, Ava Burson, Melanie Fisher and Cleo Melvin was eighth (4:12.07).
At sectional, the winner of each swimming event automatically advanced to district. In addition, 27 at-large district berths were awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. There was no diving at sectional.
The Wolves placed sixth (96 points) of 15 teams, behind champion New Albany (401). Four divers competed in the district meet Feb. 12 at Dublin Community Recreation Center, with Arianna Garver finishing 16th (239.75), followed by Audra Gandert (28th, 125.9), Madeline Zwada (30th, 122.05) and Joselin List (33rd, 97.35). The top four finishers advanced to state Feb. 22.
The boys team placed sixth (107) of 12 teams at sectional, behind champion New Albany (300), with Quinten Bartram, Jack Begley and John Cuozzo advancing individually, as well as all three relays.
Bartram placed fifth in the 500 free (5:04.41) and seventh in the 200 free (1:50.64) and Begley was fifth in the 100 free (50.29) and eighth in the 200 free (1:51.21). Cuozzo was seventh in the 100 butterfly (57.3).
The 200 free relay of Begley, Mitchell Fisher, Nathan Martin and Bartram (1:36.4) and the 400 free relay of Fisher, Cuozzo, Begley and Bartram (3:29.15) both placed fourth, and the 200 medley relay of Cuozzo, Matthew Yap, Aaron Chen and Martin was seventh (1:49.51).
Two divers were expected to compete in the district meet Feb. 13 at Dublin Community Recreation Center. The top five finishers advanced to state Feb. 24.
Mosic leads gymnasts in league meet
Freshman Emily Mosic helped the gymnastics team place fourth in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet Feb. 10 at Hilliard Davidson.
Mosic finished fifth in the all-around (33.1) on the strength of her performances on vault (8.625, tied for third) and floor exercise (8.675, sixth), as the Wolves scored 120.975 to finish behind Hilliard Darby (132.925), Hilliard Bradley (130.45) and Dublin Jerome (129.825) and ahead of Dela-ware (120.975), Thomas (120.2) and Dublin Scioto (79.475).
Kilbourne finished with 12 points (2-4 record) in the overall league standings to tie Thomas (12, 3-3) and Delaware (12, 1-5) for fourth, behind Darby (28, 6-0), Bradley (24, 5-1) and Jerome (20, 4-2) and ahead of Scioto (4, 0-6).
In the league meet, the top six finishers in each event and the all-around made the podium, the top five medaled and the top three earned all-league honors.
Mosic also finished ninth on uneven bars (8.0) and 12th on balance beam (7.8).
Sophomore Trinity Leo placed eighth on bars (8.225), 16th on floor (8.075) and 17th on beam (7.45) but did not compete on vault.
In the all-around, Sophie Seculov was 20th (28.6), Tania Craig was 24th (27.325) and Marissa Gioradano was 27th (26.1).
Boys basketball team preps for Cardinals
The boys basketball team, which has won five consecutive games and seven of its last eight, will look to carry that momentum into the regular-season finale Friday, Feb. 16, at home against Thomas.
The Wolves will be looking for a season sweep of the Cardinals, as they beat Thomas 60-45 in the teams' first OCC-Cardinal matchup Jan. 20 behind 15 points from Gavin Baker and 14 from Zach Wilson.
Kilbourne opened the season 1-10 but is 9-12 overall and 6-5 in the OCC-Cardinal after beating league-rival Delaware 58-55 on Feb. 6 and topping Watterson 71-60 in overtime in a non-league game Feb. 9.
The Wolves rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit against Delaware, taking the lead on Jake Hirschy's 3-pointer from the left corner with 12 seconds left. It was his only basket of the game. Thomas Wilson had 19 points and Baker scored 13.
Against Watterson, Zach Wilson scored eight of his 22 points in overtime after tying the game with a minute left in regulation as the Wolves rallied from a 48-41 deficit entering the fourth quarter. Thomas Wilson added 15 points, Hirschy scored 14 and Baker scored 10.
Kilbourne is seeded 28th of 48 teams in the Division I district tournament and has a first-round bye. The Wolves will play eighth-seeded Westerville South or 36th-seeded Marysville in the second round March 2 at the home of the higher seed.
Girls basketball team to open postseason
The girls basketball team is seeded 37th of 50 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play at 20th-seeded Lancaster in the first round Saturday, Feb. 17.
The winner plays 32nd-seeded Licking Heights in a second-round game Feb. 23 at the home of the higher seed.
The Wolves are 7-15 overall, but are carrying some momentum into the postseason after winning three of their final four regular-season contests, including their final two league games.
Kilbourne upset Scioto 53-50 on Feb. 2 and then defeated Delaware 42-36 on Feb. 6 to finish 4-8 in the OCC-Cardinal. The Irish entered the week with an opportunity to earn a share of the league title.
Against Scioto, Julia Taylor had 14 points, Maggie Crozier scored 12 and Amya Harris added 10. Crozier had 15 points and Morgan Schutte scored 10 against Delaware.
Athletes announce college decisions
Four student-athletes announced their college decisions last week.
Jason Bowen will play men's soccer at Wittenberg, Roen McCullough will play football at Ohio State, Noah Reed will play baseball at Lincoln Trail Community College and Cole Wajda will play baseball at Lakeland Community College.
Below is the coming schedule for the Kilbourne wrestling team:
*Feb. 15 -- At Thomas
*League contestAt a glance
Below are the district qualifiers with sectional time and district seeds for the Kilbourne boys and girls swimming teams:
BOYS -- Quinten Bartram: 200 free (1:50.64, 22nd), 500 free (5:04.41, 24th); Jack Begley: 200 free (1:51.21, 26th), 100 free (50.29, 30th); John Cuozzo: 100 fly (57.3, 28th); 200 free relay (1:36.04, 16th); 400 free relay (3:29.15, 17th); 200 medley relay (1:49.51, 24th)
GIRLS -- Haley Banner: 50 free (24.62, ninth), 100 free (53.27, sixth); Lauren Richner: 50 free (24.92, 17th), 100 breast (1:11.93, 26th); 200 free relay (1:43.28, 12th); 400 free relay (4:12.07, 29th); 200 medley relay (1:54.35, 12th)