The St. Charles Preparatory School swimming and diving team won a Division I sectional meet Feb. 9 at Kenyon College, but the Cardinals have their eyes on a bigger prize: regaining the district championship.
The Cardinals had won four consecutive district titles before finishing second (285 points) to Dublin Jerome (303) last season. They started off strongly this postseason, totaling 299 points at sectional to finish 19 points ahead of the runner-up Celtics as 10 teams scored.
"Winning is a plus, but the biggest thing was to get as many kids to district as possible," said senior Jon Sugar, who qualified for district in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 free. "Every year, it's always our main goal to win a district title."
Mitchell List won the 100 breaststroke (58.41 seconds) at sectional and is seeded first at district Friday, Feb. 15, at Ohio State. Thomas Lennox won the 100 backstroke (53.93) and Ryan Seidt was second (54.15).
Sugar was runner-up in the 50 free (21.61). Placing third were Spencer Aurnou-Rhees in the 200 individual medley (1:59.43), Griffin Beam in the 200 free (1:45.22) and Alex Nash in the 100 butterfly (52.25) and 50 free (21.81).
All three of the Cardinals' relays finished fourth. The 200 medley relay of Lennox, List, Will Elsrod and Seidt finished in 1:39.81, and the 200 free relay (1:30.17) featured Trey Moore, Nash, Lukas Rakowsky and Chase Bateman.
Aurnou-Rhees, Beam, Sugar and Andrew Edwards were on the 400 free relay (1:39.81).
Diver Dominic Francescon competes at district Thursday, Feb. 14. The top four divers advance to state Feb. 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
The top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to state Feb. 22 and 23. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded in each event based on district times statewide.
Basketball team finds ways to win
The basketball team won a pair of close contests as it moved toward the postseason.
The Cardinals improved to 12-7 overall by defeating Centennial 56-55 on Feb. 9. Jared Frey made two free throws in the final seconds and finished with a career-high 31 points.
St. Charles needed three overtimes to defeat Hartley 68-64 on Feb. 7 to improve to 4-3 in the CCL. Spencer Martin scored 22 points with three 3-pointers, and Frey had 20 points with four 3s.
The Cardinals are seeded 23rd in the Division I district tournament. They open Feb. 23 at 21st-seeded Groveport in the first round.
Bowling team nears another CCL title
The bowling team entered the week one match away from earning at least a share of its second consecutive CCL championship.
The Cardinals were 13-2 overall, 10-2 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-D Division and 6-1 in the CCL before facing Ready on Feb. 13.
Through 15 matches, Grant Flory led the Cardinals with a 193.3 average, followed by Dominick Koeth (177.9), Jack Anderson (166.9) and Dino Colasurd (157.6).
Below are the coming schedules for the St. Charles basketball, hockey and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 15 -- Home vs. DeSales. The Cardinals lost to the Stallions 45-44 in overtime Jan. 11.
Feb. 17 -- 15th-seeded Columbus Academy or 16th-seeded Centerville in second round of district tournament at Chiller North. Winner plays fourth-seeded New Albany, 13th-seeded Springboro or 20th-seeded DeSales in quarterfinal Feb. 23. The Cardinals are seeded fifth.
Feb. 16 -- Nye Cardinal Classic at home