Claire Burns of New Richmond swims a 2:20.07 in the 200 yard freestyle. The girls Sectional Semi-Finals were held at St. Xavier High School on Saturday morning Feb. 14, 2015.
Teams from St. Xavier, St. Ursula and Mason dominated Division I boys’ and girls’ high school sectional swimming meets held Saturday at St. Xavier High School and Mason High School.
St. Xavier swimmers won 11 of the 12 events, including all three relay events, at its’ sectional at St. Xavier. The Bombers, ranked No. 1 in the final boys’ Division I area coaches’ poll, are pursuing their seventh straight Division I boys’ state title. The school’s 35 state swimming titles are the most all-time in any sport in OHSAA history.
The Mason girls’ team, tied for the top spot in the girls’ DI coaches’ poll with two-time defending state champion Ursuline Academy, also won 11 of 12 events at its sectional at Mason. No. 3 St. Ursula won 10 of 12 events at its Division I sectional at St. Xavier with three swimmers winning two individual events each.
District meets begin Monday at Miami University with the diving competition. Swimming competition will be Friday and Saturday at Miami. The state meets will be Feb. 25-28 in Canton.
Freshman Hannah Foster won the 50 and 100 freestyle for St. Ursula Saturday while junior Molly Zilch won the 200 and 500 freestyles, and sophomore Josie Grote won the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
Senior Marissa Delgado won the 100 butterfly for St. Ursula and was part of the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay teams.
“We did exactly what we needed to do,” St. Ursula coach Ann Gartner said. “The goal of sectionals is always to race well that day and advance to districts. I think we had 32 swims going into sectionals and we have 29 swims at districts. That’s a pretty good success ratio.”
Sophomore Ashley Volpenhein was the only double winner in individual events at Mason, placing first in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events, and was part of the winning 200 freestyle relay team. Volpenhein won state and district titles in the 50 and was fifth at state in the 100 as a freshman.
“Looking at it now, I’m not as intimidated as I was going in as a freshman,” Volpenhein said. “I know what to expect and I think that’s made a difference in how I swim because there’s more pressure and I’m performing well with it.”
In the other Division I sectional at Mason, Sycamore, Ursuline and Kings dominated. Sycamore junior Mary Fry won the 100 freestyle and was part of winning 400 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams. Ursuline senior Sydney Lofquist won the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley.
These results set up a deep district meet next week on the girls’ side in Division I.
“The district meet is always very competitive,” Gartner said. “It’s extremely fast and those are great teams. It’s a toss up.”
St. Xavier sophomore Grant House was the only double individual winner for St. Xavier, taking first in the 100 and 200 freestyle events. House is the defending state champion in both events.
Sycamore senior Mark Hancher was the only double-winner at the boys’ DI sectional at Mason. Hancher won the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly and was also part of the winning 200 freestyle relay team.
DIVISION II: Cincinnati Country Day senior Allie Wooden won both the 100 and 200 freestyle events in the second DII sectional at Mason. The University of Southern California recruit was second at state last season in the 200 and fourth in the 100. Seven Hills freshman Lucy Callard won the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Mariemont won both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Wyoming sophomore Lia Thomas won the 50 and 100 freestyle events and was on both winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams at the girls’ DII sectional at St. Xavier. Taylor sophomore Abby Rapien won the 200 and 500 freestyles. Cincinnati Christian sophomore Payton Keiner won the 100 backstroke and 200 IM.
Wyoming sophomore Carson Burt won the 100 and 200 freestyle events in the boys’ DII sectional at St. X and was part of the winning 200 freestyle relay team. Seven Hill junior Matthew Marquardt won the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, and was on the winning 400 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams. Seven Hills sophomore Tim Hagemeister won the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley and was on the 400 free relay.
Mariemont senior Mac Lewis won the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley at the boys’ DII sectional at Mason and Madeira won all three relay events there.