Relays have been the strength of the St. Charles Preparatory School swimming team for several years, and that dominance continued in the Division I district meet that concluded Feb. 18 at Ohio State.

Relays have been the strength of the St. Charles Preparatory School swimming team for several years, and that dominance continued in the Division I district meet that concluded Feb. 18 at Ohio State.

The Cardinals advanced all three relays to the state meet, which will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, through Saturday, Feb. 25, at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

"It's been a long time since we haven't had a relay qualify, but as of a week ago, we were looking at not having any of them qualify," coach Geoff Gear said. "We had to have a really good (district) meet just to get them through."

The top two individuals and relays in each district event automatically advanced to state. In addition, 16 at-large berths were awarded in each event based on times from all the district meets.

The 200-yard medley relay of senior Alex Kocher, senior Chris D'Angelo, senior Ryan Doyle and junior Carl Calcara is seeded 15th at state with a time of 1 minute, 43.1 seconds. The performance was good for fourth at district.

The 200 freestyle relay of Cogan, Doyle, Calcara and senior Will Grodesky is seeded 16th at state in 1:27.73, good for second at district.

The 400 free relay of Cogan, Kocher, senior Jordan Krumpelman and senior Zach Poltor will be the 12th seed at state after finishing second at district in 1:27.73.

"It's pretty exciting. This is my second year going (to state)," Poltor said. "It's really a great atmosphere and I am looking forward to it. It's really easy to swim fast there because everyone is so excited."

Junior Nick McKinley advanced in two individual events - the 200 individual medley (1:55.83, 13th state seed) and the 100 breaststroke (58.93, 16th). Cogan also qualified in the 200 IM (1:55.83, 12th).

"Historically at the state meet, if you go in and duplicate what you have done (at district), you usually place pretty well," Gear said. "A lot of kids tend to fall off (the) next week. You don't even have to beat a third of the field to qualify for finals."

At district, the Cardinals finished second (336.5) behind champion Upper Arlington (435).

Last year at state, St. Charles finished 16th (52) of 47 teams that scored and Cincinnati St. Xavier (312) won the title.

•The wrestling team will have four competitors in the Division I district tournament Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at Hilliard Darby.

The top four in each weight class will advance to the state tournament March 1-3 at Ohio State.

Freshman Tim Rooney was the 120-pound champion Feb. 18 in a sectional at Central Crossing, where the Cardinals finished ninth (80) of 10 teams, as Dublin Coffman (196.5) won. The top four in each weight class at sectional advanced.

Also moving on were junior Andrew Kyser (fourth, heavyweight), junior Dustin Obergfell (third, 138) and senior Adam Suhr (fourth, 126).

Rooney improved to 31-4 after defeating Grove City senior Jordan Shoemaker 6-2 in a sectional final.

"I knew I could shoot on him and since I was shorter than him, I used the ankle pick," Rooney said. "Since I finished in first place that sets me up (at district) with a fourth-place wrestler from another (sectional), and that could make it easier in trying to reach state."

Rooney opens district against Westerville North freshman Kevin Diaz (6-6), with a possible second-round match against Franklin Heights junior Brad Kakos (36-2) or Pickerington North junior Josh Snyder (19-15).

"Tim is a freshman and has been flying under the radar all year," coach Joe Moyer said. "He has a lot of confidence and is successful because he loves what he's doing. That smile he has isn't a smirk. He genuinely loves being on the mat."

Suhr (23-15) opens district against Delaware senior Seth McCurdy (42-4), and Obergfell (26-12) will face Lancaster freshman Tanner Miller (32-9). Kyser (12-19) faces Delaware senior Colton Christner (32-6) in the opening round.

"We were able to get four guys out and three of them are underclassmen, which bodes well for the future," Moyer said. "I wish things would have worked out better for (145-pound senior) Lloyd (Furuta), who was fifth after recovering from a surgically repaired shoulder. That would have been nice if he could have moved on."

•The bowling team advanced to the district tournament, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at its home venue - HP Lanes.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state tournament March 2 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

In a sectional Feb. 17 at Eastland Lanes, the Cardinals earned the program's first district berth by finishing seventh (3,375) of 28 teams as the top nine teams and top nine individuals not on qualifying teams advanced.

Also moving on to district were Westerville South (3,916), Westerville Central (3,647), Groveport (3,647), Lancaster (3,624), Fisher Catholic (3,527), Granville (3,504), Buckeye Valley (3,330) and Marion Pleasant (3,307).

The Cardinals were led by junior Tom Cianflona with a 571 series, including a 246 game. His score was 10th behind medalist Kris Kasson (652) of Granville.

Junior Kyle Huston (487) was next for St. Charles followed by senior Zak Stephenson (474), senior Dez Brown (288, two games), junior Noah Thomas (285, two games) and senior Eric Powell (264, two games).

•The basketball team is 13-6 overall heading into its Division I district tournament opener against Zanesville at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Marysville.

The teams have not played this season. The Blue Devils finished the regular season 15-5.

The winner plays a second-round game at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, against Dresden Tri-Valley or Pickerington North at Marysville. The Cardinals have not played either team this season. Tri-Valley finished the regular season 12-8 and North was 11-9.

The second-round winner plays in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. March 7 at Marysville against top-seeded Northland, Central Crossing or Columbus West.

The Cardinals closed CCL play on Feb. 17, losing 45-32 to Hartley. Dan Hennessey, Michael Lutter and Jimmy Ryan all scored eight points.

Watterson (7-1) won the CCL title ahead of Hartley (6-2), St. Charles (4-4), DeSales (2-6) and Ready (1-7).

St. Charles closed the regular season with a 49-44 win Feb. 18 at Springfield Catholic Central. Hennessey scored 14 points, Ryan had 13 points with four 3-pointers and Gunner Francis added eight points.