ATHENS — The Columbus Academy boys swimming and diving program and Columbus School for Girls continued their dominance in the Division II district meet Feb. 16 at Ohio University.
CSG won its fifth consecutive district championship, totaling 356 points as Hartley (287), Academy (267.5) and Dover (238) rounded out the top four as 32 teams scored.
“This was a challenge for our girls because we had lost at sectional (Feb. 10 at Academy), but our girls accepted the challenge,” said Unicorns coach Stephanie Donley, whose team placed second (225) at sectional behind Hartley (228). “We got knocked down a notch at the sectional meet, but we were able to rise to the occasion.”
The Academy boys won their third district title in a row, scoring 324 points as Watterson (213), St. Clairsville (192) and Grandview (155) rounded out the top four as 31 teams scored.
“The boys did a great job, and we had time drops in every event,” Vikings coach Craig Yakscoe said. “We just now have to focus on putting our best foot forward next week at state.”
The top two finishers in each swimming event at district automatically advanced to the state meet Feb. 22 and 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide.More video •CSG's Madeline Swoboda
In the girls meet, CSG’s Jordan Aurnou-Rhees won the 100-yard butterfly (55.6 seconds) and 200 individual medley (2:03.59), and Granville’s Sarah Martin was first in both the 100 freestyle (51.78) and 200 free (1:52.81). CSG’s Nyah Funderburke won the 50 free (24.08) and was runner-up in the 100 fly (56.63).
In the boys meet, Academy’s Jacob Eismann finished first in both the 100 free (45.97) and 100 backstroke (50.08), and Watterson’s Thomas Clark won the 200 IM (1:53.97) and 100 fly (50.26).
Grandview’s Calvin Furbee won the 200 free (1:42.09) and was second in the 100 fly (51.01), and Watterson’s Perry Finnegan finished first in the 50 free (21.49) and was runner-up in the 100 free (45.97).