Brynn Driscoll figured she was too healthy and too young to have a heart attack, but that thought crossed the mind of the senior on the Hilliard Bradley High School girls swimming and diving team when she began feeling pain in her chest.
A visit to her doctor found the problem -- a displaced rib. The physician shifted the rib back into place, a procedure that has been repeated about every three weeks since that first visit last summer.Video •Watch an interview with Bradley girls swimmer Brynn Driscoll.
The problem, however, hasn't slowed Driscoll, who won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 15.13 seconds and was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.47) in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet that concluded Jan. 28 at Thomas Worthington.
"It was hurting, especially when I would take a breath," Driscoll said. "It hurt on my left side -- where the heart is -- so they tested my heart. The tests were OK and then they felt around and it was a rib coming out of place.
"Whenever I feel the chest pains, I go in, get it adjusted and it's OK. It has never bothered me during a meet, only in practice. The doctor said that it wasn't going to get any worse or poke a lung or anything like that, so I just have to go with it."
Coach Jacob Shiplet said the problem is just another in a string of injuries Driscoll has endured.
"It's an issue," Shiplet said of the rib injury. "Last year, Brynn had a broken ankle. She works through things. She took off the summer (because of the rib) and came back better than ever."
Driscoll won OCC titles in the 100 breast the past three seasons, and she holds the program record in the event (1:07.9) as well as in the 200 IM (2:13.22).
"I feel different every single time I dive into the pool," Driscoll said. "I can tell right away how good it's going to be. The best feeling is when you do well in a race and do better than expected."
Driscoll began competing in swimming because her mother, Sharon, was a swimmer and a softball player. Like her mother, Driscoll also played softball but quickly found swimming to be her calling.
"I liked playing other sports, but I always came back to swimming," she said. "I really like the breaststroke, maybe because not a lot of kids were doing it when I was young. It's a tough one and has an awkward kick, but my mom swam it and I liked that."
Shiplet said Driscoll's drive sets her apart in the pool.
"You can't teach the drive she has," he said. "It's natural. If she has it in her head that she's going to do something, she'll do it. She puts in the work necessary to makes sure she gets it done."
Despite Driscoll's hard work, Shiplet believes she will need a near-perfect performance to reach the Division I state meet Feb. 23-25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. Her quest to reach state for the first time begins Saturday, Feb. 11, with a sectional at Columbus School for Girls. The winner of each swimming event, along with 27 at-large qualifiers in each event based on sectional times, advance to district Feb. 17 and 18 at Ohio State.
Last season at district, Driscoll placed 12th in the 100 breast (1:08.95) and was on the 10th-place 400 freestyle relay (3:46.12).
She qualified for district as a sophomore in the 100 breast and 200 IM as well as on the 400 free and 200 medley relays. As a freshman, she reached district in the 100 breast and 50 free as well as on the 400 free and 200 medley relays.
"Brynn is probably going to have to have a perfect race to get (to state)," Shiplet said. "Ohio's swimming is some of the best in the country, so it's tough. She has put in the hours of work. Now she has to put it all together to get there."
Driscoll has yet to make a college decision but is considering swimming at the next level.
"She could swim at the next level, no doubt," Shiplet said. "She has the motivation. She has the drive, and can excel at the next level. Swimming in college takes a different kind of kid. You have to love the sport and have the willingness to excel, and she has that."
Right now, Driscoll is focused on having a strong finish to her high-school career.
"The thing I will miss most about high school is swimming," she said. "I won't miss the classes, but I'll miss my teammates and my coaches. This is my last chance (to qualify) for state, so the pressure is on."
Girls basketball team
seeking OCC title
The girls basketball team entered the week tied with Thomas for first place in the OCC-Cardinal.
The Jaguars, who are seeking their third consecutive league championship, were 16-4 overall and 9-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Dublin Jerome on Feb. 7 and close the regular season with a league contest at home against Dublin Scioto on Friday, Feb. 10.
Thomas played Scioto on Feb. 7 and is at home Feb. 10 against Darby, which is third in the OCC-Cardinal at 6-5.
Bradley entered the week having won five consecutive games since losing to Thomas 60-54 on Jan. 20. Teneea Heston averaged 12.6 points in the five-game stretch and Carly Allocco averaged 10.4.
Heston had 13 points with two 3-pointers and Allocco scored 10 points as the Jaguars defeated Delaware 42-23 on Feb. 10 in OCC-Cardinal play.
Bradley is seeded sixth of 47 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play host to 34th-seeded Olentangy Orange in the first round Feb. 18.Update •Norris, Jaguars enjoy memorable night
Boys team wins
16th straight game
The boys basketball team had a chance to sew up the program's first league championship on Feb. 7 against Jerome.
The Jaguars entered the contest 17-1 overall and 10-0 in the OCC-Cardinal, ahead of second-place Jerome (8-1) and third-place Scioto (5-4). A victory over the Celtics would have given Bradley the outright OCC-Cardinal title.
The Jaguars, who close their league schedule Friday, Feb. 10, at Scioto, won their 16 consecutive game Feb. 3 by beating Delaware 49-34 in a league contest. Zach Hummel had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Braden Norris and Isaiah Speelman both had 14 points.
Six senior student-athletes announced their college decisions Feb. 1.
Brendan Bordner will play football at Rutgers, Nick DeWolf will play football at Air Force, Myiah Kelley will play women's soccer at Otterbein, Will Phillis will play football at Kent State, Jared Rapp will play football at West Virginia State and Alissa Spears will compete in women's track and field at Wittenberg.