Senior Audrey Wachtel has been trying to mentor the younger athletes on the Worthington High School girls swimming and diving team.
"I've known most of the girls through the Worthington Swim Club and I'm the one who has been there the longest, so the younger girls listen to me," Wachtel said. "I've been trying to help them because I want them to get the most out of their high school careers. High school is a tougher transition from club because the meets are shorter and you have to be ready to go without much time between events."
Wachtel has been hampered by constant shoulder pain, but is hoping to battle through that in her final high-school postseason.
"I know I can do a lot better, but my shoulder has bothered me during the past couple of seasons," she said. "It only happens during the season, but it becomes painful. I'm told there's nothing wrong, but it sure has been bothersome.
"But I am looking forward to the sectional and district (meets) and then the end of the year meet with Worthington Swim Club at Miami (University) in Oxford. I'm hoping to be at my best for all of these meets."
Kilbourne will compete in the Division I sectional Saturday, Feb. 11, at Thomas. The winner of each swimming event, along with 27 at-large qualifiers based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites, advance to district Feb. 17 and 18 at Ohio State. There is no diving at sectional.
Wachtel will compete in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly as well as on the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
"I just want to reach my (personal record) in my individual events," Wachtel said. "I had (2 minutes, 19 seconds) in the 200 IM last year, but have been between 2:25 and 2:29 most of this year. The 100 butterfly is a lot more competitive this year. I would just like to get to district in both of those events."
Sophomore Haley Banner led the Wolves in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet that concluded Jan. 28 at Thomas, winning the 100 backstroke (1:01.06) and placing second in the 100 free (54.04) as Kilbourne finished fifth.
"I think Audrey, Betsey Fisher and Sadie Giesman have all been excellent providing leadership," coach Jim Callahan said. "The girls have worked very hard and we're hoping that will pay off with a lot of PRs in the sectional.
"Haley will need her lifetime bests at district to get to state, but she's capable. She's not stronger at one event, but is balanced. She'll need to go in the low 58s in the back and hit a 52 in the 100 free."
At district last season, Banner placed seventh in the 50 free (24.39) and 16th in the 100 free (54.01).
The boys team has been led by seniors Jordan Kahng and Mike Weirick.
"Jordan has had an outstanding season and I think he has the best shot of anyone on the team at getting to state," Callahan said. "He's been very solid in the 50 free and the 100 free. Weirick has been very good in the 100 free and the 100 back. Jack Beghley is a sophomore who is the most improved on the team and he's been strong in freestyle events. Freshman Owen Wilson is doing a real nice job in diving."
Boys basketball team
The boys basketball team has gained some late-season momentum, as it entered an OCC-Cardinal game against Delaware on Feb. 7 having won three of its previous four contests to improve to 8-11 overall and 3-7 in the league.
In a 55-42 win over Central Crossing on Feb. 4, Zach Wilson had 13 points, Jake Hirschy scored 11, Carson Van Lynn scored 10 and Thomas Wilson added eight.
Kilbourne trailed Dublin Scioto 34-32 entering the fourth quarter of a league game Feb. 3 but lost 50-40. The Wolves, who went just 5-for-19 at the free-throw line, got 20 points from Zach Wilson.
Girls basketball team
to cap regular season
The girls basketball team rallied to beat Scioto 40-36 in an OCC-Cardinal game Feb. 3 and was 7-13 overall and 4-7 in the league before playing Delaware on Feb. 7.
Kilbourne will close the regular season Saturday, Feb. 11, at Teays Valley.
The Wolves are seeded 35th of 47 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play at ninth-seeded Northland in the first round Feb. 18.
Kilbourne outscored Scioto 15-6 in the fourth quarter, as Maggie Crozier scored 10 of her 18 points in the period. Jordyn Wilson added 15 points.
The Wolves lost to Hilliard Davidson 44-38 on Jan. 31 in a contest in which they were outscored 14-6 in the fourth quarter. Wilson had 15 points, Kelsey Nadolson scored nine and Crozier added eight.
Boys bowling team
takes second in OCC
The boys bowling team finished 5-1 in the seven-team OCC-Cardinal to place second behind Groveport (6-0).
The Wolves finished 10-5 in the 16-team COHSBC-North Division to tie Davidson for fifth, behind champion Westerville Central (14-1).
Kilbourne is 11-6 overall and will conclude the regular season against Lexington on Friday, Feb. 10, at Capri Lanes.
The Wolves lost to Davidson 2,285-2,098 on Feb. 1, but responded by beating Olentangy Orange 2,363-2,109 the next day and Thomas 2,400-2,183 on Feb. 3.
Evan Place leads Kilbourne with a 209.7 game average, followed by Colby Sutherland (190.6), Michael Barnewall (188.4), John Catanzarite (179.7) and Zach Legue (175).
The girls team is 3-13 overall entering the match against Lexington and finished 3-11 in the 15-team COHSBC-North and 1-4 in the six-team OCC-Cardinal. The Wolves are led by Casey Knuth (148.3) and Meghan Gaines (139.3).
Athletes make college
Eight senior student-athletes made their college selections Feb. 1.
In football, Jack Trombetti and Carson Van Lynn have committed to play for Findlay and Pittsburgh, respectively.
Dominic Frengel (baseball) and Jordyn Wilson (women's basketball) will play at Ohio Dominican, Ashley Flynn will play women's golf at Ohio University, Alex Friesen will play softball at Otterbein, Carolyn Haase will play field hockey at Liberty and Hunter Martin will play men's soccer at Rio Grande.