The Wellington School swimming and diving program had a diver qualify for the Division II state meet for the seventh consecutive season when senior Eric Jacques defended his district championship.

Jacques had company when he competed at state Feb. 21 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Jacques scored 386.4 points in the six-competitor district diving meet Feb. 13 at Dublin Community Recreation Center, and freshman teammate Taso Callanan scored 371.1 to place second as the top three finishers qualified for state.

"I always said I wanted to win district twice in a row, so it's very exciting," Jacques said. "Taso is an amazing diver. He's someone that I look up to as a teammate. From looking at my scores, it was a good day and it was a very consistent day."

Jacques, who made his third state appearance after finishing 15th as a sophomore and 18th last season, was seeded eighth at state and Callanan was seeded 12th.

"I'm a gymnast and I decided to start diving, and this year I actually started doing harder tricks," Callanan said. "I'm happy with what I did."

The boys team competed in the district swimming meet Feb. 16 at Ohio University but didn't have anyone else qualify for state. The Jaguars' top candidate to reach state was freshman Heath Thomas, who finished third in the 500-yard freestyle (5 minutes, 2.22 seconds).

Wellington scored 123 points at district to place seventh behind champion Columbus Academy (324) as 31 teams scored.

The top two finishers in each swimming event automatically advanced to state Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday, Feb. 23, at Branin Natatorium. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each event based on district times statewide.

The girls team did not have any state qualifiers. The Jaguars scored 23 points at district to place 17th behind champion Columbus School for Girls (356) as 32 teams scored.

According to coach Bill Miller, Wellington had 30 personal-best finishes in the sectional Feb. 10 at Upper Arlington, where the boys finished last (188.5) of four teams, behind champion Centennial (265), and the girls placed second (243) of three teams, behind Grandview (406).

"(Thomas) has the mind for swimming and puts in the time," Miller said. "As a freshman, some of the things that come out of his mouth are things a coach would say. He's had some big (time) drops."

Girls basketball team opens tourney play

Seeded sixth, the girls basketball team opened the Division IV district tournament Feb. 21 at home against ninth-seeded Delaware Christian.

The winner plays fifth-seeded Granville Christian or 13th-seeded Grove City Christian in a third-round game Saturday, Feb. 24, at the home of the higher seed. That winner plays top-seeded Fairfield Christian, 10th-seeded Morral Ridgedale, 12th-seeded Patriot Prep or 17th-seeded Gahanna Christian in a district semifinal Wednesday, Feb. 28, at a site to be announced.

The district final is March 3 at New Albany.

Wellington lost to Fairfield Christian 56-30 on Feb. 10 in its regular-season finale to finish 9-5 in the MSL-Cardinal Division and was 13-9 overall before playing Delaware Christian.

The Jaguars, who also lost to Fairfield Christian 51-22 on Jan. 9, tied Zanesville Rosecrans for third in the MSL-Cardinal, behind Fairfield Christian (14-0) and Berne Union (12-2). The Knights have won 52 consecutive league games.

Boys basketball team preps for tourney

Seeded fourth, the boys basketball team opens the Division III district tournament Monday, Feb. 26, at home against 21st-seeded Heath.

The winner plays 19th-seeded Fredericktown in a second-round game March 3 at the home of the higher seed.

Wellington defeated Fairfield Christian 72-33 on Feb. 16 in its regular-season finale to improve to 17-4 overall and finish second in the MSL-Cardinal at 12-2, behind Harvest Prep (14-0).

Bob Faller scored a team-high 22 points.

The Jaguars defeated Berne Union 77-32 on Feb. 13 behind 20 points from Solomon Pierre-Louis, 18 from Faller, 15 from Noah Berry and 13 from Dallas Patrick.

Soccer players select colleges

Three student-athletes announced their college decisions Feb. 7.

In women's soccer, Zoe Beatty will play for California Institute of Technology, Olivia Penegor will play for Rochester and Macey Shock will play for Marquette.


At a glance

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

BOYS -- Evan Albers: 100 breast (1:08.16, 14th), 500 free (5:53.78, 21st); David Jacques: 100 back (58.14, sixth); Spencer Povoski: 100 fly (1:02.29, 22nd); Heath Thomas: 200 free (1:50.38, fifth), 500 free (5:02.22, third); 200 free relay (1:44.2, 20th); 200 medley relay (1:49.08, eighth); 400 free relay (3:40.8, ninth)

GIRLS -- Sarah Anderson: 50 free (25.5, eighth), 100 fly (1:02, 14th); Taylor Vargo: diving (246.5, ninth); 200 free relay (1:58.3, 24th); 200 medley relay (2:14.56, 26th)