The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls swimming team qualified four individuals for the Division I district meet Friday, Feb. 15, at Ohio State.
Haley Banner, Lauren Richner and Evie Decarlo all advanced from a Division I sectional Feb. 9 at Thomas in two individual events and Nanami Campbell advanced in one.
"The girls had a great day," coach Jim Callahan said. "They got three relays out and three girls will compete in two individual events as well. Everyone who we figured had the chance to advance did."
Banner placed third in both the 50-yard freestyle (24.32 seconds) and 100 free (53.76) at sectional. Richner placed fourth in the 50 free (24.55) and sixth in the 100 free (54.42), Decarlo finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:20.05) and fifth in the 200 free (2:00.58) and Campbell was ninth in the 100 free (55.46).
The four also combined to finish second in the 200 medley relay (1:52.16) and third in the 200 free relay (1:42.36). The 400 free relay finished sixth (4:03.27).
"They all swam well, but I was also proud of so many of the kids who didn't make it," Callahan said. "(They) had several season- and career-best times that weren't good enough to qualify, but they all stepped up their games."
Jack Begley and John Cuozzo of the boys team both advanced to district in two individual events.
Begley placed fourth in the 200 free (1:50.73) and sixth in the 100 free (50.05) and Cuozzo finished fifth in the 100 butterfly (55.94) and seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:06.75).
Also advancing were Nathan Martin in the 200 IM (ninth, 2:07.31), the 400 free relay of Mitchell Fisher, Cuozzo, Martin and Begley (second, 3:27.37), the 200 free relay (sixth, 1:34.47) and the 200 medley relay (seventh, 1:49.44).
"Jack, John and Nathan all had (personal records) in their individual events at sectional," Callahan said. "It was a strong sectional for them. I'm very happy for them and can't wait to see how things turn out at district."
The girls finished fourth (141 points) of 15 teams, behind champion New Albany (363), and the boys were sixth (108) of 12 teams, behind champion New Albany (358).
At district, the top two finishers in each swimming event automatically qualify for the state meet Feb. 21-23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large berths will be awarded in each event based on times statewide.
Divers begin their postseason at district. The boys compete Thursday, Feb. 14, and the girls compete Feb. 15 at Ohio State. The top four boys and top five girls qualify for state.
Gymnasts finish fourth in OCC meet
The gymnastics team placed fourth in the OCC-Cardinal meet Feb. 9 at Thomas, scoring 134.9 points to finish behind Dublin Jerome (138.9), Olentangy Berlin (136.55) and Hilliard Darby (135.425) and ahead of Hilliard Bradley (131.175), Delaware (128.75), Thomas (124.175) and Dublin Scioto (75.85).
"The girls had a really good meet," coach Cindy Fushimi said. "The team did well overall and we had been working very hard on beam and that showed up. Everybody rose to the occasion and we had a couple 9s, which is always exciting."
Abby Deitrick led the Wolves, placing sixth in the all-around (34.3), third on uneven bars (8.85) and fifth on floor exercise (9.0).
Emily Mosic tied for seventh in the all-around (34.275) and was fifth on vault (8.9), Trinity Leo was fifth on balance beam (8.725) and 12th in the all-around (33.3), Reagan Leo was fourth on beam (8.775) and Laurel Rhodes was fifth on floor (9.0).
The Wolves, who went 5-2 in the OCC-Cardinal duals, also finished fourth in the overall league standings with 21 points, behind Jerome (31, 6-1), Darby (27, 6-1) and Berlin (25, 5-2) and ahead of Bradley (16, 3-4), Delaware (12, 2-5), Thomas (8, 1-6) and Scioto (4, 0-7).
Girls basketball team set to face Cardinals
The girls basketball team is expecting a great environment when it visits Thomas in the first round of the Division I district tournament Saturday, Feb. 16.
Kilbourne is seeded 23rd of 45 teams in the district tournament and Thomas is seeded 15th. The Wolves and Cardinals split their two OCC-Cardinal matchups, with each winning on the other's home floor. Kilbourne won 64-62 in double overtime on Dec. 11 and Thomas won 56-34 on Jan. 11.
"We're very excited about our third meeting and we know there will be a loud crowd and great environment," coach Jim Strode said. "I just want us to go out there and play to our ability and see how that winds up."
The winner will play at sixth-seeded Westerville South in the second round Feb. 22.
The Wolves finished the regular season 10-12 after losing to Teays Valley 58-39 on Feb. 11.
Boys basketball team building confidence
The boys basketball team had won three of its previous four contests and was 7-12 overall before playing Watterson on Feb. 12.
The Wolves close the regular season Friday, Feb. 15, at Thomas. They lost to the Cardinals 54-35 on Jan. 11.
Kilbourne split a pair of OCC-Cardinal contests last week, losing to Delaware 56-45 on Feb. 5 and beating Berlin 73-39 on Feb. 8. Against Berlin, Zach Wilson had 17 points, Gavin Baker scored 15, Ayden Parsons scored 12 and Mitchell Tomasek scored eight.
"We are defending better, rebounding better, taking better care of the ball, and our shot selection has improved," coach Tom Souder said. "When you do those things, you put yourself in a position to win some games.
"We have gone through some tough stretches with injuries and illnesses, which can make it tough to maintain a level of consistency. The boys have embraced the process and every single player has made great strides. We are getting quality minutes out of all nine guys and obviously winning has lifted them and helped them continue to improve."
The Wolves are seeded 35th of 47 teams in the Division I district tournament and have a first-round bye. They will play eighth-seeded Upper Arlington or 36th-seeded Mount Vernon in the second round March 1.
Cross country teams to have new coaches
Athletics director Jeff Todd is looking to fill coaching vacancies for boys and girls cross country teams.
Todd said Melanie Williams stepped down after 27 seasons as girls coach and that Katherine Scocozzo won't return after serving as interim boys coach last fall after Justin Riffle resigned right before the season began.