2013 OHSAA Swimming & Diving
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2013 OHSAA Swimming & Diving State
C.T. Branin Natatorium, Canton
February 21 - February 23, 2013
OHSAA Girls Division I State Swimming & Diving
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Cincinnati Ursuline Academy Knocks Off Eight-Time Defending State
Champion Upper Arlington in 2013 OHSAA Division I Girls State Swimming
Five new state records headline meet highlights
CANTON, Ohio – Entering the final race of the 2013 OHSAA girls
Division I state championship, Cincinnati Ursuline Academy held a 194-181
lead over eight-time defending state champion Upper Arlington. The Lions
then watched their 400 yard freestyle relay team of Temarie Tomley (Jr.),
Emily Slabe (Jr.), Bridget Blood (Sr.) and Alisabeth Marsteller (Jr.) hold
off UA and set a new state record (3:23.19) to clinch the 2013 OHSAA
Division I girls state swimming championship 234-215 Saturday night at C.T.
Branin Natatorium in Canton. The win marks Ursuline’s sixth overall title
and first since 2002.
In addition to its 400 freestyle relay win, the Lions also won the 200 yard
medley relay for the third consecutive year with a time of 1:43.27. Slabe,
Blood, Tomley and Sarah Jenkins (Sr.) made up that team. Blood also defended
her 2012 state title in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.09.
She was named the Girls Swimmer of the Meet for the second consecutive year.
The Lions also had runner-ups in the 200 yard individual medley, 50 yard
freestyle, 100 yard butterfly and 200 yard freestyle relay. They had a total
of nine podium finishers.
Upper Arlington, which has won a total of nine state championships, earned
its sixth runner-up trophy behind the strength of a first place finish by
its three-time defending state champion 200 yard freestyle relay team of
Grace Long (So.), Erin Sheehan (Fr.), Grace Van Fossen (So.) and Jenny Smith
(Jr.). The Golden Bears set the new state tournament record in the race with
a time of 1:34.19. UA also earned runner-up finishes in the 200 yard
freestyle, 400 yard freestyle relay, and 100 yard freestyle, along with six
other podium finishes. UA also claimed the runner-up boys trophy.
In addition to the close team race, fans attending the Division I meet also
saw three impressive individual performances by Mason junior Zoe Thatcher,
Massillon Jackson senior Chase Kinney and Akron Firestone senior Katie
Miller. Thatcher won the 200 and 500 yard freestyles with times of 1:47.43
and 4:47.81, respectively. She was the defending state champion in the 500
Jackson’s Kinney won the 50 and 100 yard freestyles and did so in remarkable
fashion, setting new state records in both events. She initially set the
record in the 50 free during her preliminary run (22.54) but broke that
record in the finals with a time of 22.53. She then defeated UA’s Long, the
defending state champion, and tied the new state record she set in her
preliminary run with a time of 48.70. The previous state tournament record
in that event was 49.97. It had been held since 1982.
Firestone’s Miller won the 200 yard individual medley with a time of
1:57.98. This broke her own state and pool record she set in her preliminary
round (1:58.12). Later in the meet she beat the defending state champion and
state tournament record holder (Slabe) in the 100 yard backstroke with a
time of 54.04. Despite finishing second, Slabe did set the new state
tournament record in the 100 back during the preliminaries with a time of
The last individual state title went to Pickerington Central’s Maddie Martin
(Sr.) in the 100 yard butterfly. She finished with a time of 55.37 and has
won this event all four years. She currently owns the state and pool record
she set in 2011 (53.34).
In the Division I girls diving competition, Powell Olentangy Liberty junior
Olivia Ball successfully defended her 2012 title by scoring 461.75 points en
route to winning the 2013 state crown. Ball is the current state tournament
record holder (493.20), which she set in 2012. Ball narrowly edged New
Albany sophomore Estee Pryor, who finished with a score of 461.50. Madeline
Sewell (Sr., Mason), Rachel Rubadue (So., Worthington Kilbourne) and Sivan
Mills (Sr., Solon) rounded out the top five.
OHSAA Girls Division II State Swimming & Diving Tournament
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Gates Mills Hawken Wins 23rd Overall Title
During 2013 OHSAA Division II Girls State Swimming Championship
Hawks produce four first place finishes en route to 15th consecutive state
CANTON, Ohio - Gates Mills Hawken’s 200 medley relay team, which had
won back-to-back state titles, was upset in the first race of the evening,
but the Hawks came back strong and finished in dominating fashion tallying
321 points to win the 2013 OHSAA Division II girls state swimming title
Friday night at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Hawken has won 15
consecutive titles, 17 of the last 18 and now has 23 titles overall. Only
St. Xavier boys swimming (33) and St. Edward wrestling (27) have won more
The Hawks were led by senior Carrie Bencic, who defended her 2012 state
titles in the 200 and 500 yard freestyles with times of 1:48.22 (new state
record) and 4:50.12, respectively. Bencic also anchored Hawken’s
championship 200 yard freestyle relay team where she was joined by seniors
Sarah Koucheki, Marissa Cominelli and Caroline Vexler to set a new state
record with a time of 1:34.99. In the last race of the evening, the 400 yard
freestyle relay, Bencic earned yet another gold medal when she joined
Koucheki, Claire Doerr (Fr.) and Heather Svitavsky (Fr.) to defend Hawken’s
2012 state crown with a time of 3:28.90.
Dayton Oakwood, whose school claimed the 2013 boys Division II trophy,
finished second with 260.5 points. It marks the best ever finish at the
state meet for the Lumberjacks. Cincinnati Indian Hill (192), Granville
(159) and Cincinnati Mariemont (151.5) rounded out the top five. Oakwood
sophomore Sydney Lofquist set a new state record in the 200 yard individual
medley (2:01.03) and also finished second in the 500 freestyle (4:51.97).
Junior Lydia Pocisk claimed a first-place finish in the 100 yard
breaststroke with a time of 1:02.82.
The 2013 Girls Swimmer of the meet went to Lexington junior Hannah Stevens.
Stevens won the 100 yard freestyle (50.51), the 100 yard backstroke (54.80)
and also set the new state record in the 100 yard backstroke in her
preliminary round with a time of 54.73, beating the old record of 54.75
The other three first place finishes of the evening belonged to Gates Mills
Gilmour Academy junior Macie McNichols, who defended her 2012 50 yard
freestyle title with a time of 23.28; Bay Village Bay junior Elizabeth
Auckley (100 yard butterfly; 55.56); and Granville’s 200 yard medley relay
team of Keely Lovern (Jr.), Kassandra Mestemaker (Jr.), Abby Stone (So.) and
Sydney King (Jr.), who set a new state and state tournament record with a
time of 1:44.22.
Despite not taking home a gold medal, Springfield Shawnee senior Kendra Crew
still etched her name in the record books when she set the new state record
in the preliminary round of the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of
1:02.57. She finished second in the finals behind Pocisk (1:03.31).
In the Division II girls diving competition, Columbus St. Francis DeSales
senior Andrea Aquista scored 419.25 points to win the state crown.
OHSAA Boys Division I State Swimming & Diving Tournament
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Cincinnati St. Xavier Wins 34th Title in 2013
OHSAA Division I Boys State Swimming Championship
Bombers earn 12 podium spots en route to 270 points and fifth
CANTON, Ohio – Cincinnati St. Xavier earned two first place finishes
and had multiple placers in several individual events to win the 2013 OHSAA
boys Division I swimming state championship at C.T. Branin Natatorium
Saturday night in Canton. In addition to its two first place finishes, St.
Xavier earned 12 more podium spots to win in dominating fashion, scoring 270
points en route to its fifth consecutive team crown. This title marks the
Bombers’ 34th overall title, the most all-time in any sport in OHSAA
The Bombers’ first state crown came in the 500 yard freestyle when senior
Jack Hendricks beat Upper Arlington senior Joey Long, the defending state
champion, 4:27.69 to 4:28.62. Hendricks finished second in the event a year
ago. Hendricks then joined Cam Young (Sr.), Mitchell Frey (So.) and Grant
Johnson (Sr.) to defend the Bombers’ 200 yard freestyle relay championship
with a time of 1:23.74. St. Xavier finished with a total of 14 podium award
winners, including runner-up finishes in the 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard
Team runner-up Upper Arlington, whose school also claimed the runner-up
girls trophy, received one first place finish by Joey Long. Long, a senior,
defended his state championship in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of
1:38.43. The Golden Bears finished with a total of 187.5 points.
Third place Cleveland St. Ignatius earned two first place finishes but
didn’t have enough support and finished with 186 points, 2.5 shy of UA. The
Wildcats won the 200 yard medley relay with the team of Peter Simcox (Jr.),
Derek Hren (Sr.), Nathan Christian (Jr.) and Charlie Pophal (Sr.). They
finished with a time of 1:31.97. The same group then won the 400 yard
freestyle relay with a time of 3:04.86.
The Boys Swimmer of the Meet went to Hudson sophomore Ross Palazzo. Palazzo
upset Centerville senior Josh Brooks, the defending state champion, in the
200 yard individual medley with a 1:48.49 to 1:49.53 victory. Palazzo also
won the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 55.00. He was the only
underclassman to qualify for the event.
Other individual first place finishes in the meet included Westerville North
sophomore Mason Miller in the 50 yard freestyle (20.87), Boardman senior
Ryan Bailey in the 100 yard butterfly (49.43), Akron Firestone senior Mark
Belanger in the 100 yard freestyle (45.17; runner-up in 2012) and Cuyahoga
Falls senior Andrew Appleby in the 100 yard backstroke (49.00).
In the Division I diving competition, which was held Saturday morning,
Macedonia Nordonia junior Stephen Romanik held off the defending state
champion, Hudson junior Alex Obendorf, 557.15 to 512.50 to claim the 2013
Division I diving state crown. Romanik finished as runner-up in 2012. Sean
Sargent (Sr., Mason), David Dinsmore(So., New Albany) and Jonathon Schlafer
(Sr., Uniontown Lake) rounded out the top five.
OHSAA Boys Division II State Swimming & Diving Tournament
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Dayton Oakwood Claims First State Swimming Crown at
2013 OHSAA Division II Boys State Championship
Lumberjacks record 288 points to redeem 2012 runner-up finish
CANTON, Ohio - After a 2012 runner-up finish when Dayton Oakwood
watched Hunting Valley University School beat them during the last race
of the meet to earn the title, the Lumberjacks returned to the state
meet on a mission and scored 288 points to win their first state
swimming crown during the 2013 OHSAA Division II Boys State Swim Meet at
C.T. Branin Natatorium Friday night in Canton.
Oakwood, whose school finished second during the 2013 girls meet, was
led by junior Brock Turner, who recorded two individual first place
finishes in the 200 and 500 yard freestyles with times of 1:39.21 and
4:28.83, respectively. Turner was the defending state champion in the
500. He also anchored Oakwood’s championship 400 yard freestyle relay
team where he joined Patrick Mulcare (So.), Brendan Tirado (Sr.) and
Cliff Goetemiller (Sr.) to finish with a time of 3:06.98.
Hunting Valley University School, the four-time defending state
champion, finished second with 169 points. Gates Mills Hawken (157),
Chagrin Falls (134) and Sandusky Perkins (129) rounded out the top five
Though Perkins finished fifth, it did receive an outstanding performance
by sophomore Sean Mulvin, who claimed first place in the 100 yard
freestyle (46.50) and helped lead the Pirates championship 200 yard
medley relay (1:34.80) and 200 yard freestyle relay teams (1:26.15). He
was joined in the medley by Drew Biro (Sr.), Kevin Bressler (Sr.) and
Michael Kessler (Sr.). Kessler, Bressler and CJ Capizzi (So.) were the
other members of the 200 yard freestyle relay team.
The 2013 Boys Swimmer of the Meet went to Wilmington senior Josh Quallen,
who recorded a new state record in the 100 yard butterfly (47.95) and
the 100 yard backstroke (48.92). Austin Quinn, a senior from Chagrin
Falls, finished second in the backstroke (49.41). He held the state
record in that event for one day after his 49.04 performance in the
preliminaries Thursday. Quinn also claimed the 200 yard individual
medley crown with a time of 1:49.51.
The only other two first place finishes of the meet belonged to Pepper
Pike Orange senior Jack Nee, who defeated defending state champion
Ronnie Bolden (Sr., Columbus Bishop Hartley) in the 50 yard freestyle
(20.88), and Cincinnati Wyoming junior Jonathan Rutter, who won the 100
yard breaststroke (57.23).
In the Division II diving competition, Canton Central Catholic senior
Alex Gonzalez took home the state crown and set a new state record with
511.75 points, abolishing the old record of 488.10.
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