Two members of the Columbus School for Girls swimming and diving team qualified for the Division II state meet, which began last Wednesday and runs through Saturday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Two members of the Columbus School for Girls swimming and diving team qualified for the Division II state meet, which began last Wednesday and runs through Saturday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Advancing out of the district meet held last Friday and Saturday at Ohio State were sophomore Ranndi Grubbs in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke and junior Abby Purdum in diving.

At district, Grubbs placed second in the 50 free in 24.34 seconds and fourth in the 100 back in 1:00.55 and Purdum finished fourth in 1-meter diving with 302.15 points.

The top four placers in each swimming event and the top seven finishers in diving automatically qualified for state. In additional, 11 at-large berths for each swimming event were awarded based on times statewide.

At state, Grubbs is seeded fifth in the 50 free and 16th in the 100 back and Purdum is seeded 16th in diving. Though Grubbs is seeded higher in the 50 free than the 100 back, coach Laura Harp said she won't have her focus on one event more than the other.

"She can do well in both of her events," Harp said. "She trains hard enough every single day that there's no reason she could only do well in one of those. There will be plenty of time between the events as well. I think she can make top eight in both events."

Purdum will be making her second state appearance. She placed 16th last season. However, she will face some tough competition, including a two-time state champion, Bay Village Bay's Nikki Craft.

Also competing at district for the Unicorns were Isabelle Bruner in the 100 back (1:13.06, 27th), Katie Burkely in the 200 free (2:16.52, 23rd), Kelsey Klopfer in the 50 free (26.93, 21st) and 100 free (1:00.74, 24th), Taylor Lint in the 200 free (2:14.36, 19th) and 500 free (5:57.29, 12th), Erin Smith in the 200 individual medley (2:34.38, 22nd) and 100 breaststroke (1:18.52, 25th), Keiko Williams in the 500 free (6:00.91, 14th) and 200 IM (2:32.12, tied for 17th), the 200 free relay of Grubbs, Klopfer, Smith and Laura Hadley (1:45.21, fifth), the 200 medley relay of Grubbs, Lint, Hadley and Klopfer (2:00.65, ninth) and the 400 free relay of Burkley, Williams, Smith and Lint (4:10.01, 12th).

"I was extremely pleased with how the girls did at the district meet," Harp said. "All of them seemed to go out there and race hard. They left it all out there and they had a good time as well."

•The basketball team saw its season end with a 59-35 loss to 10th-seeded Ready last Saturday in the first round of the Division III district tournament.

A poor start and foul trouble for guard Enri Small hurt the Unicorns in the first half, as the Silver Knights held a 35-13 lead at halftime.

CSG wasn't able to get much going until the fourth quarter. After the third quarter, the Unicorns employed a full-court press and the Silver Knights had trouble getting the ball inbounds and down the court, which helped CSG open the fourth quarter on a 14-1 run. Unfortunately for the Unicorns, it was a case of too little, too late.

"Enri got in foul trouble early on, and she's our leader," coach Shannon Wallace said. "The rest of girls saw that, kind of hung their heads and thought, 'Well, now what are we going to do?'"

Imani Caldwell led the Unicorns with 15 points. She also was a force defensively, contributing two steals during the Unicorns' 14-1 fourth-quarter run.

CSG finished 6-12 overall and 2-8 in the CCL to place fifth, behind Watterson (10-0), DeSales (8-2), Ready (6-4) and Hartley (4-6) and ahead of Worthington Christian (0-10).

Ranndi Grubbs of CSG takes in the 100-yard backstroke in the Division II district meet last Friday. She finished fourth.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Columbus School for Girls basketball and swimming and diving teams:


Feb. 18 -- Division III district tournament game vs. Ready postponed to last Saturday because there weren't enough referees.

Last Saturday -- Lost to Ready 59-35 in first round of Division III district tournament.

Of note: The Unicorns finished 7-13 overall and 2-8 in the CCL.


Last Friday -- Finished seventh (111 points) behind champion (Hartley (331) at Division II district meet

Last Wednesday, Today, Friday and Saturday -- At Division II state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton