The Columbus School for Girls swimming team finished first or second in six events in a Division II sectional meet Feb. 9 at Columbus Academy.
The Unicorns totaled 217 points to be runners-up behind the host Vikings (244) as 22 teams scored.
Jordan Aurnou-Rhees won the 100-yard butterfly in 58.16 seconds and the 200 individual medley in 2:10.58 and Nyah Funderburke was first in the 50 freestyle (24.5) to lead a large CSG contingent into the district meet Thursday, Feb. 14, at Ohio State.
The top two finishers in each swimming event at district automatically qualify for the state meet Feb. 21 and 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large berths will be awarded for each event based on statewide times.
Divers begin their postseason at district. The top two finishers qualify for state Wednesday, Feb. 20.
CSG had 17 swimmers qualified for district in individual events and will compete in 29 event swims, not including the 200 freestyle relay that finished second (1:41.73) at sectional and the 400 free relay that finished second (3:48.6). The 200 medley relay was disqualified.
Also placing in the top four were Anna Ray Ziegler in the 100 backstroke (second, 1:01.42), Julie Aslaner in the 500 free (third, 5:35.86), Cosette Persall in the 100 free (fourth, 56.84) and Ava Fortney in the 100 breaststroke (fourth, 1:10.57).
"Although we got most of the girls to district that we were hoping for, it wasn't a great day overall," coach Brian Botzman said. "The 200 medley relay was disqualified and that kind of set the tone for the rest of the day. It hurts when a good relay like that doesn't move on. Plus, we likely win the sectional title if we win the medley relay.
"But we do have multiple qualifiers in just about every event, with four and three in several of those events. So in a way, that was good. But now we need to regroup and shake it off and be ready for district."
Basketball team preps for postseason
The basketball team closes the regular season Thursday, Feb. 14, at Berne Union before shifting its attention to the Division III district tournament.
Seeded 17th of 24 teams, the Unicorns will play at 15th-seeded Columbus Academy in the first round Tuesday, Feb. 19, with the winner playing at second-seeded Worthington Christian in the second round Feb. 23.
CSG, which was 6-13 before playing Cristo Rey on Feb. 12, lost to Academy 40-29 on Feb. 5 but has not played Worthington Christian this season.
The Unicorns were outscored 13-0 in the first quarter by the Vikings and trailed 29-20 entering the fourth quarter.
Lauren Sloan had five points against Academy and Hattie Person, Annie Feibel, Eva Nicolosi and Emma Spangler each scored four.
CSG was routed by Bexley 67-21 on Feb. 9 for its sixth consecutive loss. Its last win was a 38-26 victory over New Hope Christian on Jan. 24. Spangler had seven points against the Lions and Nicolosi scored six.
The Unicorns lost to Northridge 33-21 on Feb. 7 as Nicolosi had 10 points.
CSG lost to Hartley 52-13 on Jan. 29 to finish 0-4 in the CCL.