The Watterson High School girls swimming and diving team finished second in the Division I state meet each of the past two seasons with 2010 graduate Gracie Finnegan leading the way.

The Watterson High School girls swimming and diving team finished second in the Division I state meet each of the past two seasons with 2010 graduate Gracie Finnegan leading the way.

Last year, the University of Arizona recruit helped score 120 points for her team at state, where the Eagles finished second (186) behind Upper Arlington (295) as 55 teams scored.

Finnegan won both the 50-yard freestyle (23.2 seconds) and 100 free (50.06) for a third consecutive year and anchored Watterson's 200 free relay (1:35.08) and 400 free relay (3:27.09) to first-place finishes.

But even though the Eagles no longer have an athlete who is the caliber of Finnegan, junior Camey Rabold is confident they still have enough depth to challenge for second in the state for a third consecutive season. The state meet will be held Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 24-26, at Canton's C.T. Branin Natatorium.

"Gracie was a guaranteed 40 points at state as an individual and she was a big part of our relays, too," Rabold said. "But we're hoping to make up for the loss of Gracie by each finishing a little higher than we did last year, both individually and as part of our relays. I think we have a good shot at finishing runner-up again and that would be a huge accomplishment."

Five athletes who competed at state last year have returned to lead the Eagles in Rabold, Michele Rielly, Samantha Schuttinger, Catie Clark and Aly Francis.

Rabold, Rielly, Schuttinger and Finnegan combined to win the 200 and 400 free relays.

Rabold finished fourth in the 200 free (1:51.15) and placed fifth in the 500 free (4:57.45).

Rielly finished eighth in the 50 free (24.2) and Schuttinger finished ninth in both the 200 free (1:53.28) and 500 free (5:00.99).

Rielly, Mary Whittington, Clark and Francis finished 13th in the 200 medley relay (1:50.62), and Francis finished 19th in both the 50 free (24.85) and the 100 backstroke (59.92).

Coach Quintin Ward expects Cincinnati Turpin, Cincinnati Ursuline Academy and Springboro to give his team stiff competition at state. But the Eagles also have been bolstered by the return of senior Emily Boone, who missed the end of last season with a back injury. As a sophomore, Boone finished fourth in the 100 butterfly (56.08) and seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:05.1).

"I still have to give the nod to UA as the frontrunner to win state again, because they have so much depth," Ward said. "But I think we still should be somewhere in the top three if we swim the way we're supposed to, because we have a lot of experience across the board. Emily Boone coming back should be a big factor for us, because she will help our relays, too. I'd like to put all three of our relays on the podium, including our medley relay because that could give us the edge."

The Eagles finished second (240) behind champion UA (505) in the district meet held Feb. 19 at Ohio State.

Rabold won the 200 free (1:15.82) ahead of UA's Abby Chin (1:52.36) and finished second in the 100 back (56.32) to Thomas Worthington's Claudia Doyle (56.03). She is seeded fourth for state in both events.

"My goals are to finish first or second in the 200 free and to finish top three in the 100 back, but there are a lot of fast girls, so I'll have to keep dropping time," Rabold said.

Rielly finished second in the 50 free (23.65) behind UA's Kayla Hammerberg (23.57) and is seeded fifth for state.

"We're not tapered for this meet, so I'd like to stay the same or maybe drop a little more time," Rielly said.

Boone placed third in the 100 fly (56.99) behind Pickerington Central's Maddie Martin (55.11) and UA's Claire Van Fossen (56.68) and is seeded seventh for state.

"I was really surprised by my 100 fly race because it didn't feel fast," Boone said. "I'm not having any problems with my back this year, so hopefully, I can drop a few more seconds and get top three on the podium."

•The wrestling team scored 17 points to tie Linden-McKinley for 12th place in the 13-team Division II sectional tournament on Feb. 19 at Hilliard Bradley behind champion Olentangy (292).

The top four in each weight class qualified for district, and none of the Eagles made the cut.

Mark Guza (112 pounds) and Andrew Eschleman (145) each went 2-3 to place sixth. Nicky DiCarlo (135) went 1-2, and Nate Muncy (125), Sean O'Brien (130), Sean Zielke (189), Mitch Werner (160), Alex DellaFlora (152) and Mike Guza (103) each went 0-2.


Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Watterson swimming & diving teams:

Feb. 18 - Boys: Finished 11th (73) in Division II district meet behind champion Granville (256)

Feb. 19 - Girls: Finished second (240) in Division I district meet behind champion Upper Arlington (505)

Below are the state qualifiers with district result and state seed:

Boys - None

Girls - Emily Boone: 100 fly (56.99, seventh), 200 IM (2:08.26, 19th); Aly Francis: 50 free (24.27, 17th), Camey Rabold: 200 free (1:51.82, fourth), 100 back (56.32, fourth); Michele Rielly: 50 free (23.65, fifth), 100 free (52.88, 17th); Samantha Schuttinger: 200 free (1:54.56, 13th), 500 free (5:03.44, 11th); 200 free relay (1:37.39, fourth); 400 free relay (3:32.88, fifth) and 200 medley relay (1:50.09, 15th)

Others who competed at district: Boys - Sam Besozzi: 100 breast (1:03.58, sixth), 100 fly (59.99, 20th); Peter Clark: 50 free (23.51, 17th); Nicky Dicarlo: diving (237, fifth); Noah Oliver: 500 free (5:46.0, 24th); Ryan Preston: 100 back (1:02.57, 17th); Michael Swartz: 50 free (23.69, 22nd), 100 free (53.08, 19th); 200 free relay (1:42.44, 23rd); 400 free relay (3:37.65, ninth); 200 medley relay (1:45.5, fifth); Girls - Catie Clark: 50 free (25.63, 16th), 100 free (55.55, 16th); Francis: 100 back (1:00.65, 14th); Madeline Grubbe: 100 back (1:00.99, 17th), 100 fly (1:00.69, 14th); Kate Kozlowski: 200 free (2:04.28, 20th), 500 free (5:37.35, 19th); Frankie Robinson: diving (197.2, 18th); Maggie Valchovic: diving (103.95, 25th); Kristen Zulliger: diving (104.82, 23rd)

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Watterson boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling and hockey teams:


Feb. 15 - Lost to Dublin Jerome 46-35. Brad McCurdy scored 16 points and Connor Geraghty scored 11 points.

*Feb. 18 - Defeated DeSales 60-48. Geraghty scored 15 points, Brian Dunlay scored 14 points and McCurdy scored 10 points.

Feb. 22 - Played Linden-McKinley in first round of Division II district tournament. Winner plays fourth-seeded Canal Winchester in second round, 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Lakewood. Winner plays in district semifinal, 6 p.m. March 3 at Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Of note: The Eagles were 7-13 overall before Feb. 22 and finished 4-4 in the CCL.


Feb. 19 - Def. Whetstone 65-22 in first round of Division I district tournament. Ashley Andracki scored 12 points and Regina Smith scored 10 points.

Feb. 25 - Pickerington Central in second round at Hilliard Davidson. Winner plays sixth-seeded Brookhaven, Teays Valley or Westerville South in district semifinal, 8 p.m. March 5 at Olentangy Liberty. Winner plays in district final, 7 p.m. March 5 at Liberty.

Of note: The Eagles are 17-3 overall.

*CCL game


*Feb. 14 - Boys: Def. Grandview 1,757-1,663; Girls: Def. Grandview 1,809-1,130

Feb. 18 - Boys: Finished 12th (3,430) in sectional at Tiki Lanes behind champion Utica (4,013); Girls: Finished seventh (2,839) in sectional at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl behind champion Westerville Central (3,574). Alexa Gainer rolled a 451 to qualify for district as an individual.

Feb. 26 - Gainer will compete in district at HP Lanes. The top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to state March 4 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

Of note: The boys team finished 8-5 overall and in the COHSBC-Central Division. The girls team finished 11-0 overall and in the COHSBC-Central.

*COHSBC-Central match


Feb. 19 - Lost to top-seeded Dublin Jerome 11-1 in first round of district tournament.

Of note: The Eagles finished 0-21 overall.