The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls swimming and diving team pulled off an "upset" by scoring in the Division I state meet that concluded Feb. 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Led by the eighth-place 200-yard freestyle relay, the Wolves scored 27 points to tie Mayfield for 23rd behind champion Mason (204) as 55 teams scored.
"In our three events, we weren't seeded in any scoring positions and the 200 free relay had the highest seed at 19th," coach Jim Callahan said. "For them to get into the (championship finals) and finish eighth in a school record (1 minute, 37.83 seconds) was outstanding. There's a projected meet finish before competition began and we weren't projected to score. Only one team in the whole meet surpassed their projected score by more than we did."
The 200 free relay was comprised of freshman Nanami Campbell, sophomore Lauren Richner, freshman Evie DeCarlo and senior Haley Banner.
"We finished sixth at district and then we place eighth at state," Banner said. "That's incredible. We all stepped up and it was an unbelievable way to finish the season for us and for me to finish my high school career. We set out this season just to make it to state because we haven't had a relay do that in a while and now we topped it off like this."
It was the third state appearance for Banner, but the first time she was joined by teammates.
"We all went out for celebratory ice cream again, but it was a little bittersweet for me," Banner said. "I know when I look back at high school, this will be the top memory because my teammates were there with me. It's the first time I've been to state where I got to room with my teammates rather than the girls from Thomas. They were always there for me, but this was much sweeter."
Richner and Banner also competed in the 50-yard freestyle, with Richner finishing 12th in a school-record 24.09 and Banner placing 19th (24.23).
"Lauren was seeded 22nd and finished 12th and set the school record," Callahan said. "What a performance by her. Haley was seeded 21st and finished 19th, but she anchored the 200 relay with outrageous splits, going 23.7 in the prelim and 23.5 in the final. They were tremendous and the two freshmen did a great job holding their own."
The boys team ended its season at the district meet Feb. 15 at Ohio State.
Mosic qualifies for state in gymnastics
Sophomore Emily Mosic will represent the gymnastics team in the state individual meet Saturday, March 2, at Hilliard Bradley.
Mosic will compete on balance beam and vault after qualifying from the home district meet Feb. 23. She finished sixth of 149 competitors on beam with a 9.05 and tied for seventh of 144 competitors on vault with an 8.95, as the top eight finishers in each event and the all-around advanced to state.
"I just wanted to go out there and do the best for my team and see what happens from there," Mosic said. "I still think I can do better, but I'm just so excited about this. It's unreal and really hasn't sunk in yet. I just don't know what else I can say right now."
Mosic finished 11th in the all-around (34.65), followed by Laurel Rhodes (26th, 33.05), Trinity Leo (tied for 27th, 33.0) and Reagan Leo (34th, 32.375).
Abby Detrick had a team-best 8.05 on uneven bars to place 29th, just ahead of Trinity Leo (tied for 30th, 8.0), Rhodes (tied for 34th, 7.95) and Mosic (38th, 7.9). Rhodes led the team on floor exercise with an 8.875 to tie for 14th and Mosic tied for 20th with an 8.75.
The Wolves finished seventh (134.3) of 24 teams, as the top three teams advanced to the state team meet Friday, March 1, at Bradley. Thornville Sheridan (145.205) won its third consecutive district title and will be joined at state by Dublin Jerome (139.8) and Olentangy (139.65).
"We had an excellent day as a team and I'm so happy for Emily and proud of her to represent us (at state)," coach Cindy Fushimi said. "I always tell the girls to focus on what they can do and be happy with the results if they do it. We don't set out to focus on placing here or there because that's something we can't control. What we can control is focusing on doing our best and I think all of the girls did that today."
Three wrestlers advance to district
Three members of the wrestling team will compete in the Division I district tournament Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at Hilliard Darby.
In a 10-team sectional Feb. 23 at Marysville, Spencer Parker-Gordon placed second at 106 pounds and improved to 32-8, Kuric Buell was runner-up at 145 and improved to 24-8 and Jay Thompson placed second at 220 and improved to 34-5.
At district, the top four finishers in each weight class advance to the state tournament March 7-9 at Ohio State.
The Wolves have three district alternates in Sean Hoffman (29-14 at 132), Iain Rojas (20-21 at 138) and Kyle Watson (18-12 at 152), as all three placed fifth at sectional.
The Wolves totaled 85 points to place seventh behind champion Dublin Coffman (291.5).
Boys bowling team rolls into district
Connor Burke and John Catanzarite of the boys bowling team had big performances in the Division I sectional Feb. 23 at HP Lanes to lead the Wolves to a 12th-place finish and a berth in the district tournament, Saturday, March 2, at the same venue.
Burke rolled a 651 three-game series to finish seventh of 242 competitors and Catanzarite posted a 563 to place 51st, as Kilbourne totaled 3,733 pins to finish behind champion Marion Harding (4,336) as 42 teams scored.
At district, the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state tournament March 9 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Also at sectional, Colby Sutherland finished 93rd (499), Cole Niemantsverdriet was 99th (492), Donovan Rossette (331) bowled two games and Preston Woodrum (150) bowled one.
The top 16 teams and top 16 individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district.
The girls team finished 26th (2,739) of 37 teams at sectional behind champion Westerville Central (3,777) and did not have any individual district qualifiers.
Competing for the Wolves were Casey Knuth (59th, 450), Sarah Mitchell (79th, 426), Aleks Tavella (87th, 413), Sophia Vargo (134th, 332) Maddie Mullen (217 in two games) and Mallory Petrucci (79 in one game).
Boys basketball team to begin postseason
The boys basketball team will end a long layoff when it visits eighth-seeded Upper Arlington in the second round of the Division I district tournament Friday, March 1.
The Wolves, who are seeded 35th and had a first-round bye, haven't played since Feb. 15 when they beat Thomas 63-60 to end the regular season.
UA beat Mount Vernon 64-39 in the first round Feb. 22 to improve to 16-5.
The winner will play seventh-seeded Reynoldsburg or 27th-seeded Westerville South in a district semifinal Wednesday, March, 6, at a site to be determined. The district final is March 9 at Greater Columbus Convention Center.