The Centennial High School boys swimming team won four Division II sectional events Feb. 9 at Upper Arlington and had three individuals advance to district in a pair of races.
Shawn Jacobsen finished first in the 50-yard freestyle in a school-record 22.24 seconds and also won the 100 free (49.74). He also joined Andrew Smith, Nathan Massey and Kyle Juracich on the winning 200 medley relay (1:50.65) and first-place 200 free relay (1:37.44).
Jacobsen leads the Stars into the district meet Thursday, Feb. 14, at Ohio State, where he is seeded second in both the 50 free and 100 free. He earned at-large berths to district, as did Juracich in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke, Massey in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, Andrew Smith in the 100 back and the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays.
"Shawn, Nathan and Kyle all qualified in two individual events for the second year in a row and all three relays also made it," coach Leanne Rubadue said. "Plus, Andrew just missed the district cut last year, finishing 32nd, and this year he's the 15th seed. Shawn's 50 free record gives him four school records. It was a great sectional for the boys."
At district, the top two finishers in each swimming event automatically qualify for the state meet Feb. 21 and 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded in each event based on district times statewide.
At sectional, Smith was second in the 100 back (1:04.8), Juracich was third in the 50 free (23.61) and Massey was third in the 100 back (1:06.42). The 400 free relay of Dominic Richards, Evan Massey, Alec Proudfoot and Smith also was third (4:03.37).
Juracich was fourth in the 100 breast (1:10.52) and Nathan Massey was fourth in the 200 IM (2:23.54).
The Stars scored 43 points to place fourth in the four-team sectional behind Wellington (301), Grandview (194) and Watterson (148).
Divers begin their postseason at district. Proudfoot and Aiden Szolosi will participate in the boys competition, with the top three finishers qualifying for state Feb. 20.
The girls team finished last (2) in a 16-team Division I sectional behind champion UA (385.5) and had no district qualifiers, although Alexis Cox and Bella Moore will compete in district diving Friday, Feb. 15, with the top five girls advancing to state Feb. 21.
The Stars had their highest placements in relays, as the 200 medley relay of Nina Zimmerman, Cada Dixon, Anna Dixon and Joy Chambers was 12th (2:18.49), the 200 free relay of the Dixons, Chambers and Maddie Nelson was 14th (2:01.5) and the 400 free relay of Alexis Cox, Olivia Hoffman, Maggie Roush and Zimmerman was 16th (5:02.5).
Individually, Cada Dixon was 22nd in the 200 IM (2:46.2) and Anna Dixon was 22nd in the 500 free (6:28.92).
Girls basketball team prepares for Highland
The girls basketball team feels good about its play at the end of the regular season.
The Stars had won five of their previous six contests and were 10-11 before the regular-season finale against Independence on Feb. 13. The game was rescheduled from Jan. 4.
"Our seniors, Shamara Bridges and Neveah Brown, really stepped to the forefront down the stretch and basically refused to let us lose some of the close games we were in," coach Pete Baumann said. "I think if the good version of ourselves shows up, we'll be competitive in the (Division II district) tournament."
The Stars are seeded 20th and will play at 17th-seeded Sparta Highland in the first round Tuesday, Feb. 19. The winner plays at second-seeded Granville in the second round Feb. 22.
Boys basketball team hoping to rebound
The boys basketball team is looking to rebound from a tough week and cap the regular season by building momentum for the Division II district tournament against visiting Cristo Rey on Friday, Feb. 15.
The Stars enter that contest 10-10 overall after finishing 8-6 in the City League-North Division to place fourth. They are seeded 11th for the tournament and play host to 12th-seeded Linden-McKinley in a first-round game Feb. 25.
Centennial began last week with a 67-58 win over Whetstone on Feb. 4. But the Stars lost to Linden 62-46 the following day before dropping close contests against Northland (58-56 on Feb. 8) and St. Charles (56-55 on Feb. 9).
Travonne Jackson scored 15 points, Jaylen Gilbert had 12 and Kelvin Gilliam added nine against Northland.
Gilliam had 16 points, Myles Martinez scored 12 and Gilbert added 11 against St. Charles, which scored the winning points on two free throws with 9 seconds left.
Bowlers wrap up regular season
The boys bowling team finished 9-3 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-C to place fifth in the 14-team division behind champion Teays Valley (12-1).
The Stars did not make up a match against South that was postponed Jan. 31.
Centennial defeated Haugland Learning Center 1,823-1,303 on Feb. 5 before splitting matches the next day, defeating Marion-Franklin 1,713-1,410 but losing to Teays Valley 1,960-1,713. The Stars then closed the regular season Feb. 7 by beating Village Academy 1,915-1,222.
Entering the Division I sectional Feb. 23 at HP Lanes, Joe Thies leads the team with a 184.1 average, followed by A.J. Grumbling (160.9), Nick Loudner (155.7) and Vincent Flinders (145.6).
The girls team finished 7-2 in the 11-team COHSBC-C to place third behind co-champions Teays Valley and Worthington Christian (9-1). The Stars lost to Teays Valley 1,630-1,492 on Feb. 6 and beat Marion-Franklin 1,707-1,393 on Feb. 7.
Centennial will compete in the Division I sectional Feb. 22 at HP Lanes. Kylie Crissinger-Acuna leads the Stars with a 154.7 average, followed by Jeslin Deets (143.2), Izabelle Segovia (137.8) and Sarah Clifton (130.6).
Wrestling team set to close regular season
The wrestling team will compete in the City tournament Saturday, Feb. 16, at Mifflin in its final event before a Division II sectional Feb. 23 at Licking Valley.
On Feb. 6, the Stars lost to visiting Whetstone 48-9 in their annual Golden Grappler dual.