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OHSAA Girls Division I State Swimming & Diving Tournament

CANTON, Ohio – It may have been cold outside, but inside C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio, Upper Arlington High School was heating things up. The Golden Bears’ 295 points proved too much for Columbus Bishop Watterson and Cincinnati Turpin, winning the 2010 Division I OHSAA Girls Swimming State Title, its sixth straight title.

Although Upper Arlington won only one event, the 200 medley relay, the Golden Bears had swimmers finish in the top eight in every event. Junior Abby Chin landed second on the podium in three different events, the 500 freestyle and 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Cincinnati Turpin sophomore Molly Hazelbaker managed to catch Chin in the last 25-meters to take the title in the 500 freestyle.

Also turning in a strong performance for Upper Arlington was sophomore Lauren Comer, who was a member of the state champion 200 medley relay team. Comer picked up second place finishes in the 200 individual medley and 400 freestyle relay and third place in the 100 backstroke.

Besting Upper Arlington in four of those events was Columbus Bishop Watterson, led by senior Gracie Finnegan. Finnegan picked up individual medals in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle for the third consecutive year and also swam the anchor leg in both the 200 and 400 freestyle champion teams. Finnegan finishes her prep career with eight state titles.

Dublin Scioto senior Kate McNeilis, who set a new pool record of 54.21 with her preliminary swim in the backstroke, was named the girls Swimmer of the Meet, winning both the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.


OHSAA Girls Division II State Swimming & Diving Tournament

With 333 points and a state title at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio, Gates Mills Hawken has now won 20 out of the last 26 girls Division II swimming titles. The Hawks are the only team to ever be crowned Division II champions, having won every year since a second division was added for the 1999-2000 school year.

Columbus Bishop Hartley turned in its best team finish ever, earning second place with 157 points. Napoleon and Sandusky Perkins tied for third with 149 points.
Senior Margo Geer of Milford Center Fairbanks leaves the Ohio high school state meet as the only swimmer, boy or girl, to ever win two different events four straight years. Her preliminary time of 48.63 in the 100 freestyle broke the state, state tournament and pool records she set last year. Likewise in the 50 freestyle, her time of 22.43 reset her own state tournament and pool records.

Her dominance in the sport is demonstrated by the fact that her times in both the 50 and 100 freestyle would have placed her in the top 20 swimmers in the boys Division II tournament.

Senior Samantha Zuch of Napoleon and junior Celia Oberholzer of Cincinnati Wyoming successfully defended their state titles. Zuch won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.91 and won the 400 freestyle by a margin of nearly seven seconds. In the closest finish of the night, Oberholzer won in the 100 backstroke by just .01 seconds.

OHSAA Boys Division I State Swimming & Diving Tournament

CANTON, Ohio – With Cincinnati St. Xavier’s lead cut to just 16 points entering the final race of the meet, the Division I boys swimming title was yet to be decided. Not falling to the pressure though, a second place performance by the St. Xavier 400 freestyle relay team of sophomore John Galvin and seniors Cole Dennis, Max Bierman and Alex Miller gave St. Xavier 228 total points and the 2010 OHSAA boys swimming state title Saturday night in C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

A second-place finish from lane seven by Phil Barone in the 100 breaststroke moved Toledo St. Francis deSales within striking distance but in the end the Knights would finish with 218 points, 10 shy of the 228 collected by the Bombers. The title for St. Xavier is the 31st and the most for any school in OHSAA history in any sport.

Although several Bombers turned in podium worthy performances, Miller seemed to find his way to the top half of the podium more than most. Miller finished first in the 500 freestyle, second in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay and third in the 200 freestyle relay.

Keeping Miller from the top step of the podium in two events were sophomore Dan DiSalle and junior Rowan Williams of Toledo St. Francis DeSales. The pair teamed up on both the 400 freestyle and 200 medley championship relay teams. In addition, each placed in the top eight in two other events.

Morrow Little Miami junior Steven Zimmerman was named the boys Swimmer of the Meet after winning the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke.

OHSAA Boys Division II State Swimming & Diving Tournament

CANTON, Ohio – In the second year for the boys Division II state swimming tournament, Hunting Valley University School walked away from C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton with a second state title after collecting 298 points. The Preppers took first in three events, the 200 medley relay, the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

Winning the 100 breaststroke for Hunting Valley University was junior Andrew Malone, who set a new state record with a time of 56.83. Malone was also a member of the 200 medley relay that included sophomores Kevin Stang and Russell Stack and juniors Korey Schneider that set a new state record with a time of 1:34.85

Junior Mike Gaudiani won the 500 freestyle and finished second in the 200 freestyle for the Prepper. Junior Andrew Malone was named the Boy’s Swimmer of the Meet thanks to a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke and second-place finishes in the 50 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay.

Cincinnati Wyoming won both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay helping the Cowboys to their second state runner-up performance and a 70-point improvement from the 2009 tournament.