The Hilliard Davidson High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams helped prepare for the postseason with a busy day of competition Jan. 26.
The Wildcats opened the day by competing in the OCC-Central Division meet at Upper Arlington and closed the day by participating in a tri-meet against Bradley and Darby as part of senior night for the three schools.
The meet against the Jaguars and Panthers had been scheduled for Jan. 19 but was postponed because of bad weather.
"I love senior night," coach Lynn Bowers said. "It's great to be able to recognize them. They've worked so hard."
The boys team defeated Bradley 77-17 and Darby 57-37 and the girls lost to Bradley 36-34 and Darby 56-25.
Sophomore Sergio Suarez and senior Dalton Brown led the boys in the league meet. Suarez won the 100-yard backstroke (53.14 seconds) and placed fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:12.36), while Brown was runner-up in both the 50 free (22.16) and 100 free (47.86).
"I really enjoy this meet because it foreshadows what's going to happen at the end of the season," Brown said. "We're all tired, but it helps show that when you're out here and who's getting what place and what times, it shows who's been working hard. It shows what teams are doing good. We did really good at (the league) meet."
Brown is hoping to qualify for the Division I state meet the first time. The postseason starts with a sectional Feb. 8 at UA.
"It would mean the world to me. That's the goal," he said.
Bowers said there were numerous other highlights during the league meet, including senior Eric Oralov, who dropped under six minutes for the first time in the 500 free (5:57.22, 10th). Oralov, who celebrated his 18th birthday Jan. 26, has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism.
"I knew it was my best time because on the seed time it said I went 6:00.72 and then after I was done I looked on the board, and I was, 'Yes, yes.' It was the best birthday gift ever."
"That was totally awesome, that's huge," Bowers said. "We've been working four years for that."
All three relays finished third in the league meet and Phillip Tate placed fourth in the 100 butterfly (57.86), as Davidson scored 243 points to finish third behind UA (456) and Dublin Coffman (291) and ahead of Marysville (93) and Central Crossing (85).
"I love this meet," Bowers said. "It's a great meet. It's a little bit of a preview (for sectional) to see where we're at. ... I love swimming against UA and Coffman. You want to swim the teams that are more established and strong and fast. It helps you."
In the league meet for the girls team, the 200 free relay of Ellie Warren, Katie Woollard, Alex Worthington and Vivian Smith placed third (1:53.94) and the 200 medley relay of Woollard, Smith, Worthington and Logan Long was fifth (2:13.12).
Worthington also placed sixth in the 200 IM (2:26.09) and seventh in the 100 free (1:00.73), as Davidson finished fourth (78) behind UA (484), Coffman (340) and Marysville (149) and ahead of Central Crossing (77) and Westland (61).
"The girls swam strong," Bowers said. "We're a small group. I only have six girls right now."
Boys basketball team earns two solid wins
The boys basketball team is coming off back-back solid wins, as it defeated host UA 49-36 on Jan. 25 in an OCC-Central contest and beat visiting Centennial 58-47 on Jan. 26.
Jacob Drees had 13 points against the Golden Bears and Christian Gillilan had 23 points and Drees scored 15 against the Stars.
Davidson, which had lost to UA 45-43 on Dec. 14 at home, is 12-3 overall and 4-3 in the OCC-Central. Entering the week, UA was 10-5 and Centennial was 8-6.
Girls basketball team edged by Golden Bears
The girls basketball team will look to bounce back from a 49-45 loss to visiting UA on Jan. 25 when it plays host to Central Crossing on Friday, Feb. 1.
Sydney Petersen had 12 points and Brianna O'Connor scored 11 to lead the Wildcats, who are 14-5 overall and 4-4 in the OCC-Central.
O'Connor had 14 points, Petersen scored 13 and Emily Simon added 10 in a 43-38 win at Olentangy Liberty on Jan. 22.
Wrestlers compete in Rieman Invitational
The wrestling team finished last (46) of 14 teams in the Rieman Invitational on Jan. 26 at Delaware behind champion Coffman (268).
Ethan Hopping (160 pounds), Nick Lingaman (182) and Zak Hughey (195) each placed sixth to lead Davidson.
The Wildcats defeated Central Crossing 59-16 on Jan. 24 to improve to 1-2 in the OCC-Central.
Winning by pin were Luke DeWeese at 145 (1:32), Dylan Evans at 170 (2:40), Hughey at 195 (5:00) and Braden Eaton at 220 (5:07).
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 1 -- At Central Crossing. The Wildcats defeated the Comets 56-34 on Dec. 21.
Feb. 2 -- Home vs. Springfield
Feb. 5 -- At Olentangy
*Feb. 1 -- Home vs. Central Crossing. The Wildcats defeated the Comets 55-26 on Dec. 21.
Feb. 5 -- Home vs. Olentangy
Jan. 31 -- Marysville at Ten Pin Alley
*Feb. 5 -- Thomas Worthington at Ten Pin Alley
Jan. 31 -- Home vs. *Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Bradley and Darby
Feb. 4 -- Home vs. Delaware, Bradley and Darby
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 1 -- Lancaster at Lancaster YMCA
Feb. 2 -- Division I, Region 6 team dual tournament at Darby. The quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds will be held, with the regional champion advancing to the state team tournament Feb. 10 at Ohio State's St. John Arena.