Senior Danny Edgington ended his career with the Centennial High School boys swimming and diving team by placing 14th in the Division II state diving competition Feb. 21 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
He totaled 317.5 points, a significant improvement from last season when he placed 24th with 109.25.
"Last year I was 24th of 24 and this year I competed to the best of my ability and was 14th of 24," said Edgington, who scored three points as Centennial's lone state representative for the second season in a row. "I put it all out there and I'm happy with the way things went."
Edgington advanced to state by placing third (370.6) in the district meet Feb. 13 at Dublin Community Recreation Center to earn the final state-qualifying berth.
One of four seniors on the roster, Edgington also joined juniors Shawn Jacobsen and Nathan Massey and sophomore Kyle Juracich to place sixth in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1 minute, 34.47 seconds) and 10th in the 200 medley relay (1:50.26) at district Feb. 16 at Ohio University.
"It's a big, big honor to get to state and represent your team and your school," Edgington said. "It's an accomplishment that can't be erased and I hope that it proves Centennial has the talent to get past district.
"There's a great chance the younger guys will accomplish that next year. I have 100 percent faith in their talent, so they better get there."
Also at district, Jacobsen placed fifth in the 50 free (22.59) and sixth in the 100 free (school-record 49.98). Juracich was 16th in the 200 individual medley (2:22.68) for the Stars, who finished 11th (84) behind champion Columbus Academy (324) as 31 teams scored.
The Stars won a four-team sectional Feb. 10 at Upper Arlington with 265 points, ahead of runner-up Grandview (231.5).
Centennial finished second (109) behind Whetstone (123) and ahead of Eastmoor Academy (22) and Beechcroft (21) in the City League meet Feb. 3 at Columbus Aquatics Center. Edgington won diving (245.5), Jacobsen won the 100 free (50.05) and 50 free (23.12) and the 400 free relay of Juracich, Jacobsen, Edgington and freshman Dominic Richards won in 3:44.73.
Competing in Division I, the girls team did not score at district after placing 14th (6) behind champion UA (328) in a 15-team sectional.
The Stars qualified to district in just one event, as the 200 free relay of seniors Kaylee Beyer and Kara DeVol and sophomores Cada Dixon and Yana Napier placed 11th at sectional in 1:53.89. At district, sophomore Audrey Haring replaced DeVol in the lineup, but the relay was disqualified.
Also competing at district was Beyer in diving. She was 12th (129.45) on Feb. 12 at Dublin Community Recreation Center.
In the league meet, the Stars placed second (95) behind Whetstone (124) and ahead of Eastmoor (39) and Beechcroft (17). Napier won the 100 backstroke (1:10.91) and 50 free (27.82), and Beyer won diving (159.35).
Among other expected returnees are junior Katie DeLamatre, sophomore Nina Zimmerman and freshman Amanda Varian.
Three Stars to bowl at district
Sophomore Joe Thies will represent the boys bowling team while senior Cindy Mullins and freshman Kylie Crissinger-Acuna will represent the girls team in their respective Division I district tournaments Saturday, March 3, at HP Lanes.
The top three individuals not on a qualifying team in each district tournament will advance to state at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. The boys compete March 9 and the girls compete March 10.
All three Stars advanced as individuals from sectionals last week at HP Lanes, where the top 16 teams and top 16 individuals not on a qualifying team qualified for district.
Competing on Feb. 23, Thies rolled a 515 series (162-177-176) to finish 36th overall.
The boys finished 33rd (2,795) of 38 teams, 413 pins shy of 16th-place Groveport (3,208). Also competing in three games were A.J. Grumbling (406) and Nick Loudner (393).
Competing on Feb. 24, Mullins rolled a 446 (161-123-162) to tie for 43rd and Crissinger-Acuna posted a 426 (116-163-147) to place 56th.
The girls finished 22nd (2,591) of 37 teams as Pickerington North was 16th (2,875). Also competing in three games were Electra Holt (355) and Izabell Segovia (333).
Season concludes for girls basketball team
The girls basketball team lost at second-seeded Dublin Coffman 110-37 in the second round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 23 to finish 4-18 overall.
The Stars, who were seeded 47th of 50 teams and had a first-round bye, trailed 41-7 after the first quarter and 72-15 at halftime.
Sophomore forward Naa Dromo Korley scored 13 points and junior forward Shamara Bridges added 12.
The Stars finished 4-10 in the City-North Division to tie East for sixth behind Northland (14-0), Linden-McKinley (11-3), Whetstone (9-5), Beechcroft (7-7) and Mifflin (7-7) and ahead of International (0-14).
Centennial loses two seniors in guard Qiyje January and center Re'Nia Mills.
Bridges and Korley both averaged 10.1 points. Korley also averaged 13 rebounds and was second-team all-league. Bridges and January both were honorable mention all-league.
Also expected to return are junior guard Neveah Brown, sophomores Sarah Clifton (forward), Jayana Harley (guard) and Tyler Johnson (forward) and freshman forward A'Niyah Moore.
"We played the majority of our schedule with seven active players and only one senior," coach Pete Baumann said. "The kids really stepped up to the challenge, grew a lot and took significant steps getting better. I'm very proud of them and our coaches for continuing to work hard every day to improve."
Season comes to end for wrestling team
The wrestling team took just three competitors, all juniors, to a Division II sectional Feb. 23 and 24 at Licking Valley, and none finished in the top four in his weight class to qualify for district.
Lamont Rankin placed sixth at 220 pounds and finished the season 8-9. Flaviano DiPaolo (138) went 0-2 and finished 15-15, and Oscar Espino (heavyweight) went 2-2 and finished 11-19.
Sophomore Kyle Hicks (145) was entered in the sectional, but was ill and did not compete.
Boys basketball team opens tournament
The 12th-seeded boys basketball team played host to 16th-seeded Licking Valley in the first round of the Division II district tournament Feb. 26, with the winner playing at fourth-seeded Hartley in the second round Saturday, March 3.
The district semifinal is Tuesday, March 6, against seventh-seeded Independence or 10th-seeded East at a neutral site to be determined. The district final is March 10 at Africentric.
Centennial was 11-10 entering the postseason. The Stars did not play Hartley or Independence in the regular season but split with East in City-North play, winning 66-62 on Jan. 26 after losing 77-63 on Dec. 19.
@Brad_ThisWeekAt a glance
*Record: 4-18 overall, 4-10 (tied for sixth) in City-North
*Seniors lost: Qiyje January and Re'Nia Mills
*Key returnees: Shamara Bridges, Neveah Brown, Jayana Harley, Tyler Johnson and Naa Dromo Korley
SWIMMING & DIVING
*Finishes: Boys -- Second in City, first at sectional, tied for 11th at district, tied for 50th at state; Girls -- Second in City, 14th at sectional, did not score at district
*Seniors lost: Boys -- Wed Alghari, Danny Edgington, Dhru Patel and Jordan Walker; Girls -- Kaylee Beyer, Emily Boyer, Katie Briss, Kara DeVol and Kaisa Ilmari
*Key returnees: Boys -- Jacob Barnes, Shawn Jacobsen, Kyle Juracich, Aiden Ly, Ethan Massey, Nathan Massey, Jabe Miller, Dominic Richards and Andrew Smith; Girls -- Audrey Haring, Cada Dixon, Yana Napier, Amanda Varian and Nina Zimmerman