Kaitlyn Sims broke through to the Division I state meet for the Hilliard Bradley High School girls swimming and diving team with a record-setting day.
The sophomore finished sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in a program-record 2 minutes, 8.98 seconds in the district meet Feb. 15 at Ohio State and earned an at-large state berth. She will be making her first state appearance.
Sims is seeded 22nd at state, which will be held Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
"I was nervous coming in (to district)," Sims said. "It's also my first time swimming (at Ohio State), so it was a new experience for me. I swim club, but this is different.
"I think (my performance in the 200 IM) was good, and I dropped three seconds from my best time. I had a good start and it felt good all-around. I have been working on my starts and turns."
The top two finishers in each swimming event qualified for state. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded in each swimming event based on times statewide.
"I have never competed (at Branin Natatorium) and haven't been to state, but I know that there is going to be a lot of fast people and good competition," Sims said. "I feel like it will have a similar energy to what it is (at district)."
Sims also competed at district in the 100 backstroke and on the 400 freestyle relay. She placed eighth in the 100 back in a program-record 59.16 and teamed with Isa Brooks, Madison Wester and Paige Williams in the 400 free relay to finish 20th (3:55.52).
The 200 free relay of Brooks, Wester, Maddie Taylor and Williams was disqualified.
"Kaitlyn did a great job and keeps getting better," coach Jason Shiplet said. "It will be a good experience for her to go to state and go against that competition."
Carson Cross led the boys team at district by finishing 20th in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.53) and 30th in the 100 butterfly (59.3). The junior also joined Ben Wirantana, Jackson White and Emery Alspaugh on the 400 free relay that finished 29th (3:49.53).
The girls team scored 24 points at district to tie for 18th behind champion Upper Arlington (306) as 27 teams scored, but the boys team did not score.
Boys basketball team awaiting Presidents
The boys basketball team opens the Division I district tournament Saturday, Feb. 23, at home against 43rd-seeded Marion Harding.
The second-seeded Jaguars are 20-1 overall and have yet to play the Presidents this season.
The winner advances to play 37th-seeded Lancaster in the second round March 1 at the home of the higher seed.
Bradley, which is ranked fifth in the state poll, won its 43rd consecutive OCC-Cardinal Division contest by defeating Darby 56-28 on Feb. 15. Matt Allocco had 15 points and Chris Mayfield scored 10.
Keaton Norris had 20 points, including six 3-pointers, to power the Jaguars past Zanesville 68-31 on Feb. 16. A.J. Mirgon added 12 points and Winston Stone scored 10.
Girls basketball team finishes season strong
The girls basketball team won its final three games of the regular season before losing to fourth-seeded Watterson 34-25 on Feb. 16 in the opening round of the Division I district tournament to finish 6-17 overall.
Sophomore guard Chloe Callahan had 17 points to lead the 36th-seeded Jaguars.
Bradley had defeated DeSales 38-30 on Feb. 2 before beating Jerome 41-23 on Feb. 5 and Dublin Scioto 34-30 on Feb. 8 in its final two OCC-Cardinal contests. In those three victories, Callahan averaged 16.3 points and her twin sister, sophomore guard Carly Callahan, averaged 11.0.
The Jaguars finished seventh (4-10) in the league behind champion Darby (10-2).
Other key performers expected to return are juniors Emily Marschhausen (guard) and Madison Phillis (post player) and sophomore Tori McClelland (forward).
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley bowling, gymnastics and wrestling teams:
Feb. 22 -- Division I girls sectional at HP Lanes. Top 16 teams and top 16 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district March 2 at HP Lanes.
Feb. 23 -- Division I boys sectional at HP Lanes. Top 16 teams and top 16 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district March 2 at HP Lanes.
Feb. 23 -- District meet at Worthington Kilbourne. Top three teams advance to state team meet March 1 at Bradley and top eight finishers in each event and the all-around advance to state individual meet March 2 at Bradley.
Feb. 23 -- Division I sectional at Watkins Memorial. Top four finishers in each weight class advance to district March 1 and 2 at Darby.