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2009 OHSAA State Swimming & Diving Recaps

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OHSAA Girls Division I State Swimming & Diving Tournament

CANTON, Ohio – Upper Arlington claimed its fifth straight title and sixth overall, scoring 349 points to outdistance Columbus Bishop Watterson (176).

The Bears swept the three relays, while senior Darcy Fishback won her fourth title in the 100 butterfly, setting a state record during the prelims (53.38).

Watterson junior Gracie Finnegan defended her championships in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Olentangy Liberty senior Ashley Specht took her third title in the 100 breaststroke.


OHSAA Girls Division II State Swimming & Diving Tournament

Gates Mills Hawken won its 19th state championship in the past 26 years, tallying 334 points. Hawken has won 11 titles in a row and 13 out of 14, and only Cincinnati St. Xavier’s boys swimming and diving team (30) and Lakewood St. Edward’s wrestling team (24) have won more championships in state history.

Hawken senior Brittany Rospierski set a state record in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.98), repeating as winner in that event. Sophomore Alana Arnold won the 100 butterfly, and Hawken finished first in both the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

Milford Center Fairbanks junior Margo Geer broke her own state records in both the 50 freestyle (22.58) and 100 freestyle (49.39), and she has won both events each of her three years. Bay Village Bay junior Nikki Craft set a new state tournament mark in one meter diving as well (475.40).


OHSAA Boys Division I State Swimming & Diving Tournament

CANTON, Ohio – Cincinnati St. Xavier regained the state championship, besting 2008 champion Columbus St. Charles 322 to 265.

It’s the 30th state title for St. Xavier’s swimming and diving team, already the winningest program in state history.

St. Xavier took first in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, and junior Matt Columbus won the 500 freestyle.

St. Charles junior Sandy Whitaker won a pair of titles, placing first in both the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly. Upper Arlington senior Eric Huffman defended his titles in the 50 and 100 freestyle as well.


OHSAA Boys Division II State Swimming & Diving Tournament

CANTON, OhioIn the first year featuring a second division in boys swimming and diving, Hunting Valley University School scored 288 points to fend off Cincinnati Wyoming, the runner-up with 180 points.

University School, which took third in last year’s Division I competition, became the first Cleveland-area boys swimming team to win a state title since Cleveland Heights in 1965.

Seniors Ian Stewart-Bates and Tyler Bailey led the way for the Preppers, as both swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay team, Stewart-Bates won the 200 and 500 freestyle, and Bailey took home the 100 freestyle title.

Wyoming senior Jonathan Profitt won the 100 breaststroke, while New Albany had a pair of titles as Brian Barrett won the 50 freestyle, and Barrett was also a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay team.