During her four seasons competing for the Granville High School girls swimming and diving team, Abby Stone earned a spot on the Division II state podium 15 times and won four championships.

During her four seasons competing for the Granville High School girls swimming and diving team, Abby Stone earned a spot on the Division II state podium 15 times and won four championships.

A Virginia Tech recruit, Stone captured her first individual state title when she swam the 100-yard backstroke in 55.29 seconds on Feb. 27 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

"Abby had a great high school season," coach Keith DeVore said. "Her 100 backstroke was all about winning the race. Even though it wasn't a best time, she touched the wall first and was ecstatic about the finish."

Stone added a runner-up finish in the 200 individual medley (2:01.74) and joined seniors Maggie McGonagle and Paige Griesse and freshman Sarah Martin on the fourth-place 200 medley relay (1:47.78).

Stone helped the 200 medley relay earn state titles in 2013 and 2014 and also swam on the 200 free relay that was first in 2012.

Of the 20 competitors from the program who competed at district, 14 are expected to return, including three who swam on relays in Martin and junior Colin McDermott and sophomore Rowan Moore from the boys team.

The other seniors who competed at state were Timmy Spichiger, who was eighth in the 200 free (1:43.91), and Grant Stahl, who was 11th in the 200 IM (1:57.95) and 13th in the 100 butterfly (52.3). Stahl will compete for Ashland University.

"The team as a whole did really well both days (at state)," DeVore said. "We had five individual qualifiers and took three relay-only swimmers."

Girls basketballteams play for titles

Six Licking County girls basketball teams advanced to district semifinals, including top-seeded Newark Catholic in Division IV and second-seeded Newark in Division I.

Newark beat 16th-seeded Zanesville 54-49 on March 3 and played 15th-seeded Logan on March 7 in a district final.

The district champion plays Olentangy Liberty or Dublin Coffman in a regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Otterbein. The regional final is 7:30 p.m. Friday, March, 13, at the same site.

Newark Catholic beat 13th-seeded Northside Christian 59-31 on March 4 and fourth-seeded Granville Christian beat 10th-seeded Fairbanks 48-40 on March 3 to set up a district final March 7 at New Albany.

The district champion plays Danville or Worthington Christian in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Pickerington North. The regional final is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the same site.

In Division II, sixth-seeded Licking Valley lost to third-seeded Johnstown 66-37 on March 4 in a district semifinal at Lakewood. The Johnnies played eighth-seeded Hartley in a district final March 6 at Westerville Central.

Utica, which was the eighth seed in Division III, lost to top-seeded North Union 58-27 on March 3 in a district semifinal.

Wrestlers competeat district tourneys

Among the three district wrestling tournaments involving Central District teams March 6 and 7, there were 45 individuals from Licking County.

The largest contingent came from Licking Valley, which had 11 competitors in Division II at Heath.

The top four finishers in each weight class at district advanced to the state tournament Thursday, March 12, through Saturday, March 14, at Ohio State.

Granville had eight district qualifiers in Division II and Utica had six in the Division III district tournament at Coshocton.

Ostrander competesat state in bowling

Utica freshman Dylan Ostrander competed in the Division II state boys bowling tournament March 7 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

In the Division I district tournament March 4 at Columbus Square Bowling Palace, Gran-ville senior Carley Eggleston and Lakewood junior Tyler Killworth both qualified for state.

Eggleston tied for 14th (547) and advanced to the girls state tournament Friday, March 13, and Killworth was eighth (620) and qualified for the boys state event Saturday, March 14. Both will be held at Wayne Webb's.