For the sixth consecutive season, the Wellington School swimming and diving program had at least one boy advance to the Division II state meet in diving.
Junior Eric Jacques competed at state Feb. 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton after winning the district championship Feb. 17 at Ohio State, scoring 362.45 points to edge runner-up Daniel Edgington (344.1) of Centennial.Video •Watch an interview with Wellington diver Eric Jacques, who won the Division II district championship.
Jacques was seeded 16th heading into state.
"It feels really good," Jacques said. "This year coming in with more of a positive attitude, the outcome was exactly what I wanted. It just feels great to have all my work pay off. I added a new one-and-a-half and a front two-and-a-half. Last year, I lost district by .25 points, so it's good to win it this year."
Jacques was district runner-up last season behind his twin brother, David Jacques, and went on to place 15th at state.
While David Jacques elected to focus on swimming this season and did not compete in diving, Eric entered state with the goal of bettering his state finish.
David Jacques was among five individuals to compete in at least one individual event at district for the Jaguars, who scored 111 points to place ninth behind champion Columbus Academy (353.5) as 39 teams scored. He finished 20th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 7.94 seconds).
The Jaguars' top swimmer was senior Shashank Singh, who placed seventh in the 100 backstroke (58.26) and ninth in the 100 butterfly (56.48). The 200 medley relay of Singh, the Jacques brothers and senior Lucas Palmer also placed seventh (1:50.63).
Freshman Sarah Anderson took 10th in the 200 individual medley (2:20.11) and 12th in the 100 fly (1:02.61) and also was on the 200 free relay that placed 13th (1:54.3). She was joined in that event by senior Taylor Adams and sophomores Erin Anderson and Camille Simpson.
During her leg of the 200 free relay, Sarah Anderson swam a program-record 25.42.
"I really enjoy swimming (for Wellington)," she said. "The people are nice. I've been at the school since I was in kindergarten. I thought I did pretty well."
The girls team scored 20 points at district to place 21st behind champion Columbus School for Girls (343) as 33 teams scored.
Boys basketball team
to start postseason
The boys basketball team will open defense of its Division IV district championship Monday, Feb. 27, when it plays host to 21st-seeded Tree of Life in a first-round game.
The winner plays 20th-seeded East Knox in the second round March 2 at the home of the higher seed.
Wellington, which is the third seed, lost its final two regular-season games and is 15-7. However, both of those defeats came against Division I programs that are seeded in the top eight in their district tournament.
Wellington lost to the fourth seed, Upper Arlington, 59-49 on Feb. 14 and fell to the eighth seed, St. Charles, 60-46 on Feb. 18.
Against UA, the Jaguars trailed just 44-39 heading into the final period. Noah Berry scored 16 points, Dallas Patrick scored 10 and Solomon Pierre-Louis added eight to lead Wellington.
Against St. Charles, the Jaguars trailed 38-23 by halftime. Berry had 15 points.
Girls basketball team
opens district tourney
The girls basketball team began the Division IV district tournament Feb. 22 at home against 15th-seeded East Knox in a second-round game.
If they advanced, the fifth-seeded Jaguars would face seventh-seeded Madison Christian or eighth-seeded Berne Union in a district semifinal Wednesday, March 1.
The district final is March 4 at New Albany.
Wellington, which was a district runner-up last season, was 12-10 before playing East Knox.
The Jaguars concluded the regular season Feb. 4 with a 53-47 loss to Richfield Revere as Addie Shock had 18 points and Savannah Childress scored 15.