Although he earned a return trip to the Division I state swimming and diving meet, Mason Reid can't help but wish he was competing in more than one event this weekend at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The senior for the Olentangy Orange High School boys team will swim in the 200-yard freestyle relay with classmates Ronak Tripathy, Cullen Dickson and Patrick Mahoney.

Junior twins Lauren and Luke Cheetham will compete in diving at state, which runs Thursday, Feb. 22, through Saturday, Feb. 24.

The 200 free relay finished sixth (1 minute, 28.65 seconds) in the district meet Feb. 17 at Ohio University and is seeded 22nd at state.

Reid also was seventh in both the 50 free (21.7) and 100 free (47.37). The 24th and final seed at state in the 100 free is Amherst Steele's Nathan Moore (47.31). The final seed in the 50 free is Toledo St. Francis' Griff Littlehale (21.57).

"I did well, but everyone did so much better than last year," said Reid, who was 21st in the 100 free (48.12) at state last season. "I swam 47.61 (in the 100 free) last year and was seeded 20th (at state). This year, I swam 47.3 but (didn't qualify). Definitely I'm a little disappointed."

The top two placers in each district swimming event automatically advanced to state. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each event based on district times statewide.

The boys team was eighth (104 points) at district behind champion Dublin Jerome (303) as 29 teams scored.

The Cheethams qualified in district competition earlier last week at Dublin Community Recreation Center. On Feb. 12, Lauren Cheetham finished second in the girls competition with 512.6 points, behind Gahanna's Maycey Vieta (524.7) as the top four advanced.

Vieta is the top seed at state and Lauren is seeded fourth. They compete Thursday, Feb. 22.

Lauren finished third (481.8) at state as a freshman, but was unable to compete at district last season because of a broken right wrist.

"I'm looking forward to (state) after last year's injury," she said. "I have a couple new dives that I'm thinking about putting on my list. It should be a lot of fun.

"It's going to be a little nerve-racking because all of my family and friends will be there, but I will get over that. I trust my preparation, and I know what I need to do."

Luke Cheetham was fourth (512.0) at district Feb. 13 and is seeded seventh at state. He will make his third trip to state after finishing ninth (427.6) last season and 12th (412.8) as a freshman.

The top five boys divers at district qualified for state and compete Saturday, Feb. 24.

Natalie Johnson just missed qualifying in two events for the girls, who finished 15th (56) at district behind champion Upper Arlington (274) as 30 teams scored.

The senior was sixth in the 500 free (5:08.84), with the final state seed going to Westerville Central's Annie McNenny (5:08.7). Johnson also was seventh in the 200 free (1:55.96), but Toledo Notre Dame's Cassidy Wilson earned the final seed at 1:55.52.

Boys team knocks off league champion

The boys basketball team closed the regular season by defeating OCC-Buckeye Division champion Westerville North 61-58 on Feb. 16.

The Pioneers are 13-9 overall and finished 4-6 in the league.

Jalen Bethel led Orange with 18 points. Matt McCollum had 16 points and Ryan Cutler added 10.

McCollum had 17 points with three 3-pointers in a 53-50 loss to Dublin Scioto on Feb. 13. Bryson Lane added 11 points.

In the Division I district tournament, the 13th-seeded Pioneers have a first-round bye and play March 2 against 12th-seeded Logan or 21st-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley at the home of the better seed.

Gymnasts prepare for district meet

The gymnastics team will compete in the district meet Saturday, Feb. 24, at Worthington Kilbourne.

The top three teams advance to the state team meet March 2 at Hilliard Bradley. The top eight individuals in each event and the all-around qualify for the state individual meet March 3 at Bradley.

Last season, junior Nicole Carifa led the Pioneers by finishing 29th in the all-around (32.475).

Wrestlers to compete in sectional at UA

The wrestling team competes Saturday, Feb. 24, in a Division I sectional at UA.

The top four finishers in each weight class advance to district March 2 and 3 at Hilliard Darby.

The Pioneers lost their final regular-season dual to Olentangy 62-9 on Feb. 15. Zach Miller (120 pounds) won by pin and Alex Lopez (195) was a winner by decision.

Bowlers prepare for sectional tournaments

The boys and girls bowling teams begin the postseason with Division I sectionals this weekend at HP Lanes.

The boys compete Friday, Feb. 23, and the girls compete Saturday, Feb. 24.

The top 16 teams and top 16 individuals not on qualifying teams in both sectionals advance to district March 3 at HP Lanes.

Girls basketball team ousted by Hartley

The girls basketball team lost at eighth-seeded Hartley 43-31 on Feb. 17 in the opening round of the Division I district tournament.

McKenna Ford scored 12 points on four 3-pointers to lead the 38th-seeded Pioneers, who finished 5-18.

Hockey team falls in district tourney

The hockey team had its season end with a 5-2 loss to third-seeded St. Charles on Feb. 18 in the second round of the district tournament at OhioHealth Ice Haus.

The 11th-seeded Pioneers finished 19-16-1.

Orange defeated 23rd-seeded Mason 14-0 on Feb. 17 in the first round.


At a glance

Below are the members of the Orange boys and girls swimming & diving teams who competed at district but did not qualify for state:

Boys -- Nicholas Chugh: 100 breast (1:03.38, 22nd); Cullen Dickson: 100 fly (56.13, 21st); Anish Indukuri: diving (197.85, 19th); Patrick Mahoney: 50 free (21.9, ninth); Mason Reid: 50 free (21.7, seventh), 100 free (47.37, seventh); Ronak Tripathy: 50 free (22.61, 25th), 100 free (49.76, 20th); Graham Weidenhamer: 100 breast (1:04.27, 25th), 500 free (5:06.0, 28th); 200 medley relay (1:37.88, sixth); 400 free relay (3:24.63, 15th)

Girls -- Kali Butler: 100 back (1:02.96, 29th), 200 IM (2:18.59, 21st); Alice Crowe: 100 breast (1:11.36, 21st), 200 IM (2:17.56, 20th); Brooke Farren: 100 back (1:01.78, 22nd), 100 fly (1:01.69, 28th); Natalie Johnson: 200 free (1:55.96, seventh), 500 free (5:08.84, sixth); Erika Knodel: 100 back (1:02.7, 26th), 100 fly (1:00.71, 24th); Emma Logan: 100 breast (1:12.41, 27th), 500 free (5:38.12, 25th); Emily Peterson: diving (118.6, 32nd); Celia Ritchie: diving (237.35, 19th); Sydney Robare: 500 free (5:28.01, 15th); Josie Vance: diving (122.35, 29th); 200 medley relay (1:55.55, 14th); 400 free relay (3:46.92, 14th)