Emily Dewolf excels in breathing.
That's not your typical inhaling and exhaling as part of a being a human being. Rather, it involves being able to control her breathing while competing in the hurdles for the Columbus School for Girls track and field team, gliding through the pool as a member of the swimming and diving program or singing in the school's choral ensemble known as The Grace Notes.
"In choir, we were having a vocal health day and our teacher was talking about the best things for your voices and she said that we should either run or swim," Dewolf said. "I do both, so I figured that was good.
"When my choir teacher, (Danielle) Wynn, says we need a lot of breath support during certain parts of a song and that we need to fill up our lungs, I can relate to that. I know what it feels like to do that. I know that when I'm going into a flip-turn (in swimming) and coming up that I need to get as much air as I can."
Dewolf runs hurdles and relays for the Unicorns, specializing in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 17.1 seconds. The junior ran in the Division II state meet as a freshman with senior Imani Babatunde, 2017 graduate Sadiyah Babatunde and 2016 graduate Isabella Pesavento in the 400 relay that finished sixth in a program-record 49.34.
"Emily is a hurdler, runs on our relays, and she's a great role model for the younger kids," track coach Jen Bunker said.
"She has a great personality and is a hard-worker. She's the kind of athlete every coach wants to work with."
Dewolf also has competed in the Division II state swimming and diving meet for the Unicorns. In February, she teamed with Julia Lunt, Riley Rogers and Madeline Swoboda to place 13th in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:41.17.
"The relays are my favorite events in both track and swimming because I'm a very social person and I like being there with other people," Dewolf said. "I always have liked that feeling of not being out there alone and being out there as one unit with the same goal. I like being able to lean on people and the idea that they are counting on me to do something.
"I think there is always great feeling that I'm going to do my part for this team and they are going to do their part for me. You all know that you are looking to do the same thing together and, whether that is touching the wall in 24 or 25 seconds or coming around the track in 50 seconds, you're all going to have those people out there for support."
Dewolf isn't one to play favorites, though. She said her preferred sport is the one that's in season.
"I don't think I have quite decided which is my favorite. I like them both for different reasons," she said. "With swimming, you have a good chance to get close to your teammates because there's no way you can come in twice a week at 6 a.m. and jump into the pool and not become close.
"I love the feeling of running and I love to be outdoors. I get more stressed about swimming, but when I run, I'm much more relaxed, which makes that fun."
The Unicorns began competition in the CCL meet May 8 at Hartley. The meet concludes Thursday, May 10, at the same site. Last season, they finished fourth (73.5 points) behind champion Watterson (159).
CSG will competes in the Division II, district 1 meet, which begins Tuesday, May 15, continues Wednesday, May 16, and concludes May 19 at Westerville South. The top four finishers in each event advance to district May 24 and 26 at Lexington.
Although graduation is a year away, Dewolf is looking to major in marketing in college. She is undecided on what college she will attend and doesn't know if she will continue her athletic career at the next level, but she believes singing will always be a part of her life.
"Grace Notes is kind of like honors choir," she said. "We rehearse more often than normal choir and we'll do private events like singing at nursing homes and we sang at an event at Franklin Park Conservatory, things like that. We typically try to work on harder pieces. It's a bigger time commitment and it's a pretty close-knit group.
"I definitely think I would like to stay involved with (singing), but I don't think it will be a part of my studies. Most of the groups I am involved with are athletically rooted, so it's good to have that extra area that isn't necessarily sports."
Monahan, Wagenbrenner leading lacrosse team
The lacrosse team had won 10 of its past 11 games and was 10-5 overall before playing Westerville North on May 8 and Centennial on May 9.
The lone setback during that stretch was a 16-6 loss to Academy on May 3 that dropped CSG to 3-3 in the Central Independent League.
Katie Wagenbrenner had three goals and Ellen Monahan scored two against the Vikings.
The Unicorns rebounded with a 15-3 win over Gahanna on May 4 as Monahan scored six goals and Wagenbrenner and Lily Berger both scored three.
CSG is 1-1 in the CCL and closes that league schedule Thursday, May 10, at home against Hartley. The game is also a CIL contest.
The Unicorns are seeded fifth for the Division II, Region 7 tournament and open Wednesday, May 16, at home against 12th-seeded Wellington, a team they defeated 14-4 on April 12. The winner advances to a second-round game May 19 at fourth-seeded Granville or 14th-seeded Chillicothe.