The Grandview Heights High School swimming and diving teams reached new heights in the Division II state meet Feb. 22-24 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
The boys and girls squads both reached the podium for the first time by having top-eight finishes.
Junior Calvin Furbee finished fifth in the boys 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 43.08 seconds) and the girls 200 free relay of freshman Leah Stamm, sophomore Martina Moncolova, freshman Annie Volker and senior Adrienne Bechtel was seventh (1:40.06).
"It's definitely a good feeling," Furbee said. "We're such a small school, but to be able to perform well on a big stage like this is special.
"I wanted a better time, but I'm happy. My goal was to (reach the) podium and that's what I did, so I can't be mad at that."
Furbee, the lone competitor for the boys team at state, also was 10th in the 500 free in a program-record 4:43.85. He earned the Bobcats 21 points, as they finished 31st behind champion Gates Mills Hawken (230) as 59 teams scored.
"I think it was really exciting for the whole team," first-year boys coach Nate Worsowicz said. "Last year was a lot of fun when Calvin made it (to state), but it's something special to get back and reach the podium. That gives him something to look forward to next year."
The girls squad had its best finish at state, tying Dayton Carroll for 15th (38) behind champion Hawken (305) as 58 teams scored.
"It was so awesome to be up there with my teammates (in the 200 free relay) and be the first Grandview girls ever on the state podium," Bechtel said. "To think it was my last state meet and all of that, it was amazing."
The 200 free relay set a program record of 1:39.99 in its preliminary race. The 200 medley relay of sophomore Keelin O'Connor, Stamm, Volker and Bechtel was 10th (1:50.48) after setting a program-record of 1:50.41 in the preliminary.
Bechtel was 21st in the 50 free (24.87), and Stamm was 18th in the 100 backstroke (59.19).
"It was a great week," first-year girls coach Maddie Armitage said. "It was incredible to witness.
"The girls were very focused. They weren't distracted; they were here to swim. They came and swam for each other and their team."
The boys team had only eight athletes on its roster, but none were seniors. Aside from Furbee, others expected to return are juniors Andrew Bergmann, Bo Hawkins and diver Isaac Smith, sophomore Patrick Rowland and freshmen Titus Baker, Charlie Ferguson and Bryan Gilleland.
"We didn't have a big team, but I thought we did really well," Worsowicz said. "We look to continue to improve and work to get some relays to state next year."
Also expected back for the girls team are juniors Sarah Anne Kauffman, Erin McLaughlan and diver Megan Roberts, sophomores Nine Amicon, Adelle Bechtel, Nina Burchfield and Katherine Taylor and freshmen Titus Baker, Claire Bower, Sally Hofmans-Curie, Mary Beth Kauffman, Lauren Leach, Mabel Mattingly, Liz McDermott, Grace Rubin, Amelia Sturbois, Ainsley Swartzlander and Meghan Watters.
"It was a great season," Armitage said. "I couldn't be more proud of the way they performed at district and state.
"We have a strong group coming back and maybe we can get three relays back to state. We're already figuring out how to make that possible. We have a great chance to get back there and score more points."
The bowling teams fell short of reaching the Division II state tournament, but they still had strong seasons.
The boys set a record for wins by finishing 11-6 overall. They were 11-4 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division, tying St. Charles for third behind Beechcroft (15-0) and Ready (14-1). Also, the Bobcats set a high for pins in defeating St. Charles 2,231-2,037 on Feb. 3.
The girls finished 8-6 overall and sixth (8-5) in the COHSBC-Central behind champion Whetstone (13-0).
"We set so many records for the boys team, but one of the biggest was the highest team average for a season," first-year coach Jason Hanely said. "We set that last year with just under 800 pins and we were at 836.9 this season.
"We keep 16 records for each team and the girls broke 12 of those this year. We couldn't be happier."
In the district tournament Feb. 23 at HP Lanes, the boys totaled 3,352 to finish 11th of 14 teams as Jonathan Alder (3,966) and Ready (3,936) advanced to state. Senior Ben Hecker led with a three-game series of 566 to tie for 18th of 91 participants.
Licking Valley's Jarrett Strait (668) and Fredericktown's Damian Kennedy (651) advanced to state as individuals, and Ready's Ryan O'Harra (706) was medalist.
Also rolling three games at district were senior Jackson Spainhoward (544, 27th) and junior Brad Jagers (450, 58th). Seniors Jake DeNiro (305, 75th) and Alan Field (282, 76th) bowled two games.
The girls finished 13th (2,724) of 14 teams at district behind state-qualifiers Jonathan Alder (3,698), Marion Elgin (3,526) and Galion Northmor (3,376).
Freshman Leila Meyer (449, tied for 39th of 94) led the Bobcats behind medalist Mackenzie Heimlich (637) of Jonathan Alder. Beechcroft's Heather Lyons (555), Heath's Kally Abrams (550) and Cardington's Gabreaelle Arnold (540) were the individual qualifiers.
Seniors Anna Robson (400, 61st) and Emma Berlin (367, 64th) also bowled three games. Sophomores Emmy Davis (267, 72nd) and Shea McHugh (229, 78th) and senior Maddie Taylor (186, tied for 80th) all rolled two games.
"Last year, we didn't have either team get out of sectional so to get both teams to district this year was a good turnaround," Hanely said.
In the sectional Feb. 18 at HP Lanes, the boys finished seventh (3,485) behind champion Jonathan Alder (4,110). The girls were 12th (2,776) at sectional Feb. 17 at HP Lanes behind champion Jonathan Alder (3,522).
In the MSL-Ohio tournament Feb. 4 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, the boys were fourth behind champion Whitehall. DeNiro and Spain-howard were second-team all-league, and Hecker and Jagers were honorable mention.
The girls finished third behind champion Whitehall. Berlin and freshman Emily Bullock were second-team all-league.
heads to district
The wrestling team advanced five competitors to the Division III district tournament Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, at Hobart Arena in Troy.
Hudson Jump (195 pounds) and Bryce Stanley (152) both won championships in the sectional Feb. 25 at Madison Plains. Kyler Baker (145) was runner-up, and Jory Lust-George (126) and Derek Tullis (120) both placed third.
The top four finishers in each weight class advanced.
Joe Kotte (182) was fifth and is a district alternate.
"The stakes are a lot higher at district," said Stanley, who won his first sectional title. "My goal this season was to make it to state, and my coaches have a lot of faith in me."
Grandview finished fifth (108.5) of 12 teams at sectional behind champion North Union (166).
At district, the top four finishers in each weight class advance to state March 9-11 at Ohio State.
Boys basketball team
The third-seeded boys basketball team was 15-5 before opening the Division III district tournament March 1 against 17th-seeded Utica in a second-round game.
The winner advanced to a third-round game Saturday, March 4, against eighth-seeded Centerburg, ninth-seeded Northridge or 11th-seeded Madison Plains at the home of the better seed.
That winner advances to a district semifinal Tuesday, March 7, at a site to be determined against top-seeded Worthington Christian, seventh-seeded North Union, 12th-seeded Fairbanks or 18th-seeded Columbus International.
The Bobcats were swept by Worthington Christian in MSL-Ohio play, losing 56-52 on Dec. 14 and 46-44 on Jan. 28.
The district final is March 10 at Ohio Dominican.
The Bobcats defeated Gahanna Christian 77-51 on Feb. 21 to close the regular season. Jordan Butler led with 20 points, Brian Collier scored 19 and Breon Backus added 10.
Girls team falls
in second round
The girls basketball team lost at seventh-seeded Cardington 60-50 on Feb. 23 in the second round of the Division III district tournament.
Lauren Collier scored 25 points with five 3-pointers to lead the 11th-seeded Bobcats, who finished 15-9. Kacey Murphy added 14 points.
In a first-round game Feb. 21, Grandview won at ninth-seeded West Jefferson 49-47 in overtime.
Collier scored a career-high 30 points and Murphy added 11.