The Dublin Coffman High School boys and girls swimming and diving program left the Division I state meet held Feb. 23-25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton after making multiple stops on the podium, including one at the very top.
Freshman Hannah Bailey placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke at the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State, but she exacted revenge at state Feb. 25 despite competing in lane two in the championship final.
After turning in just the fifth-best time during her preliminary race Feb. 24, Bailey emerged with the championship in 1 minute, 1.76 seconds as four central Ohio competitors finished among the top eight.
Her performance helped the girls team finish 17th (36) behind champion Upper Arlington (246) as 53 teams scored.
"I was just so happy," Bailey said. "It was the best time by far for me. I wanted to win but I didn't think it would actually happen at all. I was feeling great. It felt awesome. I worked especially hard on my last 25 (yards) because normally those aren't my best.
"I'm just going to keep working hard. This season was a great season and I'm going to keep it up for next season."
Bailey is the first state champion for 11th-year coach Steven VonSchriltz.
"All of her pull-offs were better," VonSchriltz said. "You have to do all of the little things well."
While Bailey added a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly (55.0) as well, it also was a big state meet for junior Eddie Michael of the boys team.
Michael finished fourth in the 100 freestyle (45.51) for the second consecutive season and later turned in a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke (50.47) a year after placing eighth.
In addition, Michael swam on the fifth-place 200 free relay along with senior Sam Goldberg, junior Owen McQuaid and sophomore Zak Birnbrich (1:26.11) and on the ninth-place 400 free relay along with Birnbrich, Goldberg and McQuaid (3:09.05).
The boys placed eighth (77) behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (434) as 53 teams scored and had the fourth-best score among central Ohio teams.
"Next year I'll definitely be shooting for the mid-48 (seconds) in the 100 back," Michael said. "Getting to the final of the 200 free relay was great. It was an awesome experience for our team. It's just going to get better from here."
Also competing at state individually for the girls team was freshman Kristyn Sabol, who took 24th in the 200 free (1:58.5).
The 200 free relay of Bailey, junior Marissa Kruse, sophomore Eeshaa Mehta and freshman Kristyn Sabol finished 18th (1:39.33), and the 400 free relay of Bailey, Sabol, junior Grace O'Banion and Kruse placed 24th (3:40.16).
On Jan. 28 in the OCC-Central Division meet at Upper Arlington, the boys scored 322 points to finish as runner-up behind the host Golden Bears (438) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (176), Marysville (97) and Central Crossing (91), while the girls placed second (264) behind UA (519) and ahead of Davidson (186), Marysville (107), Central Crossing (67) and Westland (42).
The girls, who won a sectional title Feb. 11 at Columbus School for Girls, will be losing just one swimmer to graduation in Natalie Long while their other three seniors were divers.
Junior Sydney Griggs and sophomores Erin Shaughnessy and Jillian Wagner are other key girls swimmers eligible to return.
The boys will be losing just one other swimmer to graduation in addition to Goldberg and Schutter.
Other boys eligible to return include sophomores Cole Northup and Andy Shepard and freshmen Brendan Oshida, William Randall and Ethan Shaw.Videos •Dublin Coffman's Hannah Bailey wins the 100-yard breaststroke in the Division I state meet Feb. 25. •Dublin Coffman's Hannah Bailey finishes third in the 100-yard butterfly in the Division I state meet Feb. 25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. •An interview with Dublin Coffman's Hannah Bailey •Dublin Coffman's Eddie Michael takes third in the 100-yard backstroke Feb. 25 in the Division I state meet at Branin Natatorium in Canton. •Dublin Coffman's Eddie Michael places fourth in the 100-yard freestyle Feb. 25 in the Division I state meet at Branin Natatorium in Canton. •An interview with Dublin Coffman's Eddie Michael •Dublin Jerome finishes as Division I state runner-up behind Cincinnati St. Xavier while St. Charles was third, Dublin Coffman placed fifth and Upper Arlington took seventh in the boys 200 free relay Feb. 25.
Hurt qualifies for
state gymnastics meet
Junior Bethany Hurt of the gymnastics team will enter the individual state meet Saturday, March 4, at Hilliard Bradley coming off two district titles.
On Feb. 25 at Thomas Worthington, Hurt scored 35.925 points to share the all-around title with Worthington Kilbourne's Bethany Lange and scored a 9.35 to finish first on floor exercise.
Hurt also placed fourth on uneven bars (8.85) and tied for sixth on balance beam (8.925) at district, as the top nine finishers in each event and the all-around qualified for state. She tied for 10th on vault (8.8).
Last season in the individual state meet, Hurt placed 22nd on vault (8.95) and 16th in the all-around (35.275).
"I just want to go out there and have fun (at state)," Hurt said. "It's states, so whatever happens, happens. My goal was to just get there and compete again."
Coffman finished last (94.225) of the 23 teams that scored at district, while Thornville Sheridan (138.65), Olentangy (137.425) and Dresden Tri-Valley (135.825) advanced to the state team meet Friday, March 3, at Bradley.
Also competing in the all-around for the Shamrocks was Lauren Delfunt, who tied for 74th (27.95).
Hurt is the first all-around district champion coached by Kristen Willms, who is in her first season as coach at both Coffman and Scioto but is in her seventh season as Jerome's coach.
Coffman competed in the morning session at district.
"Bethany's one mistake on vault definitely didn't hold her back," Willms said. "As coaches, we always want to put our gymnasts in the best position possible and that would've been the afternoon session for us, but it goes to show you that the cream can rise no matter the situation.
"Coffman worked hard to do their best, and all the girls rallied around Bethany and supported her. It was a good day for all of them."
Girls basketball team
reaches district semi
With a 93-31 win over 45th-seeded Westland on Feb. 24, the second-seeded girls basketball team advanced to a Division I district semifinal March 1 against 18th-seeded Big Walnut at Olentangy.
The semifinal winner plays 14th-seeded Pickerington North or 17th-seeded Westerville South in a district final at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Ohio Dominican University.
The Shamrocks beat North on Jan. 3 and South on Dec. 13, each by a 76-60 score.
The district champion will play Pickerington Central, Bradley, Thomas Worthington or Grove City in a regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at Otterbein. The regional final is March 10 at Otterbein.
Against Westland, Coffman led 60-14 at halftime. Jacy Sheldon had 23 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists, Kaitlyn Kopyar had 15 points and eight assists, Dana Axner had 13 points and Abby Vollmer scored 12 for the Shamrocks.
Coffman also beat Westland 89-7 on Dec. 16 and 90-23 on Feb. 6 in OCC-Central play.
advance to district
Ten members of the wrestling team will compete in the Division I district tournament Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, at Hilliard Darby.
On Feb. 25 in an 11-team sectional at Marysville, the Shamrocks were runners-up (217.5) behind the champion and host Monarchs (244.5).
Capturing sectional titles were Kyle Murray (106 pounds), Dom Demas (145), Lennox Wolak (170) and Ben Frye (heavyweight), while Jakaria Hossan (120), Ben Yost (138), Joey Lowers (160) and Dan Trifoni (195) all placed second. Lupe' Velasquez (113) and Parker Bauman (182) both placed third, as the top four finishers in each weight class advanced to district.
Lugman Mohamud (126) placed sixth and Jacob Hamed (132) and Leo Alvarez (152) both lost in the third round of consolation.
The top four finishers in each weight class at district advance to the state tournament March 9-11 at Ohio State.
Boys basketball team
The 18th-seeded boys basketball team opened the Division I district tournament Feb. 28 at 11th-seeded Jerome in a second-round game.
The winner plays 17th-seeded Grove City or 26th-seeded Olentangy in a district semifinal Wednesday, March 8, at a neutral site to be announced.
The district final is March 11 at Ohio Dominican.
Coffman, which was 11-10 before playing Jerome, lost to Olentangy 88-80 on Jan. 7.