The CHL again had a great showing at the Division II District Swimming & Diving Championships. Several swimmers made it to state and some have very high seeds. The top two in each event in each district are automatic state qualifiers. The top 24 times in each event statewide make it to Canton.
Mariemont won the district title with 274 points. Wyoming was 3rd with 173 points. Inidna Hill was 8th, Taylor 9th, & Madeira 17th. Cora Dupre of Mariemont continues her great season with four district titles. She won the 100 Freestyle (49.91) & 200 Freestyle (1:49.23). Her times are seeded 1st at the state meet. Dupre was on the winning 200 Medley Relay with Brooke Woellert, Kate Overbey, Erin Kelly and 200 Freestyle Relay with Lainey Newman, Overbey, & Kelly. The Warrior 200 Medley relay is 3rd seed at state and the 200 Freestyle 4th. Mariemont's 400 Freestyle Relay (Woellert, Newman, Catherine Geary, Fiona Kane ) was 1st and are seeded 4th at the state meet. Isabelle Murray of Taylor won the 100 Butterfly. Her time of 56.27 is 2nd seed at state only .10 behind the 1st seed. Emma Fortman of Madeira won the 50 Freestyle is a 7th seed. Wyoming's 200 Freestyle Relay (Becca Prangley, Anne Criddle, Sabrina Chu, Lia Thomas) was 2nd at the district meet and 6th seed at state.
Other League State Qualifiers:
200 Freestyle - Abby Rapien (Taylor), Prangley, Overbey
200 IM - Woellert
50 Freestyle - Chu, Thomas
100 Freestyle - Newman, Fortman, Prangley
500 Freestyle - Rapien, Jullian Rice (Indian Hill), Geary, Mikaela Elliott (Wyoming)
100 Backstroke - Woellert, Newman, Murray
100 Breaststroke - Overbey
200 Medley Relay - Wyoming
200 Freestyle Relay - Wyoming, Taylor
400 Freestyle Relay - Wyoming, Indian Hill, Taylor
Wyoming won the district tile with 252 points. Mariemont was 5th with 180 points. Indian Hill was 7th & Madeira 14th. Carson Burt of Wyoming had two district titles and two runner-up finishes. Burt won the 100 Freestyle (45.95) & was 2nd in the 200 Freestyle. He is a 3rd seed in the 100 & a 2nd seed in the 200 at state. Wyoming's 200 Freestyle Relay (Burt, Conner Williams, Andrew Derge, Phil Brocker) were 1st. They are seeded 7th at state. The 400 Freestyle Relay (Burt, Brocker, William Jordan, Holden Jurell) were 2nd and are a 4th seed at state. Ian Mikesell of Mariemont was 1st in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 58.49. He is a 4th seed at state.
Other League State Qualifiers
200 Freestyle - Chet Dobson (Madeira), Brocker, Max Eihausen (Indian Hill), Jurell
200 IM - Mikesell, Nick Denson (Wyoming)
100 Butterfly - Jackson Comer (Mariemont)
100 Freestyle - Brocker
500 Freestyle - Eihausen, Dobson
100 Backstroke - Scott Overbey (Mariemont), Joe Dowling (Indian Hill), Comer, Jordan
100 Breaststroke - Denson
200 Medley Relay - Wyoming, Mariemont, Indian Hill
400 Freestyle Relay -Indian Hill, Mariemont
Seven divers from three league schools will be at the Division II State Championships.
Lexi Magenheim of Indian Hill was the top league diver. She finished 4th with a score of 371.90. Annie Garretson of Indian Hill was 5th (354.20) and Kyleigh Spang of Mariemont was 7th (323.20)
CHL divers sweep the top three district places. The real story is Noah Vigran of Indian Hill. He won his fourth major meet in a month with a district record score of 546.40. Vigran is 1st seed at the state meet. Charlie Schooler of Mariemont was 2nd (431.65) & Charlie Donnelly of Wyoming was 3rd (422.60). Ilusha Gerimshuck of Wyoming was 6th (328.50) & Jacob Cox of Mariemont was 7th (267.50).
The Division II State Swimming & Diving Championships will be at the C.T. Natatorium in Canton. Diving will be on Wednesday. The girls will be at 9:00 am and the boys at 2:00. Girls & boys swimming prelims will be on Thursday at 5:00. Girls & boys swimming finals will be on Friday at 5:00.
Reading continued to dominate the CHL wrestling as the Blue Devils won their 12th straight league title. This championship was the closest in the last 12 years. Reading won with 201 points. Indian Hill was 2nd only 13.5 points behind (187.5). Wyoming was 3rd with 123 points. Madeira was 4th, Taylor 5th, Mariemont 6th, & Taylor 7th. For Reading, it is their 22nd CHL wrestling title. Indian Hill, who was 3rd last year, had their highest team finish in league history. The Blue Devils had top four finishes in 11 weight of the 14 weight classes, including 7 league champs: Wilber Compass (106), Colton Robins (113), Orlando Smith (120), Dustin Robins (126), Issia Johnson-Sienou (138), Baden Pinson (182), & Corey Frank (220). Indian Hill had top 4 finishes in 12 weight classes, including 4 league champs: Jason Clark (132), Will Steuerwald (160), John Mark Williams (170), & Justin Lewis (195). Wyoming had two league champs. Noah Pitman was the 145 champ and Yima Nyamor was 152. Andrew Proffitt of Taylor won the 285 weight class. Nate Eigher of Indian Hill was named Coach of the Year. Noah Pitman & Baden Pinson were Co-Wrestlers of the Year.
Next up for the league wrestlers will be the sectional tournaments later this week. More on that mid-week.
SID Notes -
Colton Robins, Dustin Robins, Yima Nyamor, John Mark Williams, & Baden Pinson all won back to back league titles. Pinson is a three time champ also winning in 2104. Corey Frank won a league title in 2015.
Noah Pitman now has 126 career wins. He is also the first from Wyoming to get Wrestler of the Year.
For Baden Pinson, it is his 2nd year in a row as Wrestler of the Year.
Yima Nyamor broke the Wyoming season record for team points. He passed Neal Williams. Pitman is only 5 team points behind Williams.
Reading's 12th straight league title puts them tied for 3rd place all time in the CHL. They have the 2nd longest current streak (Indian Hill girl's tennis the longest at 20).
The CHL, despite only having four schools with bowling teams, did quite well at the Division II Sectionals. Three teams and three individuals will move on. All four schools will have at least one representative at the district tournament. The top six teams and the top six individuals not on those teams advance.
Deer Park finished 5th with 2839 pins. Reading was 7th, missing by 45 pins of qualifying. Wyoming was 10th. Deer Park had two bowlers finish in the top five. Chelsea Hammer was 4th with a 530 series (3 games). Her high game was 183. Marie Egbers was 5th with a 522 series and a high game of 201. Carlee Hardin had a 374 series & Chrissy Boehmer a 369. Other Wildcat bowlers are Kassidy Russell-Gamble, Dawn Hicks, Keryn Houston, & Jean Schile. Rylynne Jenkins of Reading finished 11th with a 469 series and a high game of 200. Shelby Fritz of Wyoming was 17th with a 446 series and a high game of 192. Jenkins & Fritz both qualified as individuals.
Deer Park & Roger Bacon battled it out for 1st place. The Wildcats fell short finishing 2nd with 3786 pins, 70 behind the Spartans. Taylor was 6th place. Reading was 12th & Wyoming 15th. Deer Park had three bowlers in the top 15. Christian Sique was 3rd with a 610 series. He had two high games of 213 each. Will Maley was 12th with a 580 series & a 227 high game. Troy Bosse was 15th with 570 series and a 246 high game. Justin Nhun had a 523 series & Dakota Handorf a 443. Other Wildcat bowlers are CJ Boyle, Matthew Egbers, & Will Fischer. Taylor's top bowler was Shawn Ward who was 18th with a 555 series. His high game was 204. Noah Heller was 20th with a 547 series & 209 high game. Austin Harvey had a 508 series, Griffin Embry 497, & Kade Brunswick 420. The other Yellowjacket bowlers are Bryce Heller, Brady Leisure, & Michael Hallon. Brady Brunsman of Wyoming was runner-up with a 612 series & a 252 high game. Brunsman qualified as an individual.
The Division II District Championships will be on Thursday starting at 9:45 at Beaver-Vu Bowl in Beavercreek. The top three girls teams and top three individuals will qualify for state. The top four boys teams and top four individuals will also qualify for state.
Girls' sectional basketball is under way. Four teams are in Division II and four in Division III.
The D2 sectional is at Walnut Hills High School. Mariemont is the top seed. The Warriors beat #13 New Richmond 46-18. Number 5 Indian Hill beat #9 Western Brown 45-29. Wyoming, #11 seed, has a 1st round bye. The Cowboys will meet #2 Goshen on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00. Mariemont will take on #14 Hughes on Wednesday at 6:00. Indian Hill will meet #3 McNicholas on Wednesday at 7:30.
Division III games are being played at two sites. In the Cincinnati 1 Sectional is at Wilmington High School. Number 15 Deer Park lost to #2 Waynesville 72-34. The Cincinnati 3 Sectional is at Fairfield High School. Madeira, #3 seed, beat #17 Clermont Northeastern 66-49. Number 18 Finneytown lost to #4 Badin 71-15. Reading, #9 seed, lost to #8 Clark Montessori 66-49. Madeira will take on Clark Montessori on Tuesday at 7:30.
Sunday, high school bowling coaches from several schools in Southwest Ohio had their 3rd Annual Coach's Tournament at Eastern Lanes in Middletown. The money won by the top team was donated to charities of their choosing. It was a chance for coaches to bond and bounce ideas off of each other. All five CHL coaches participated: Rob Meirose (Deer Park), Scott Rohlfs (Reading girls), George Bowman (Reading boys), Zach Horstman (Taylor), Connie Pollington (Wyoming). Two of the coaches received an award for being part of the all star team (top 5 male & female). Horstman had a 722 series (247, 217, 258) and Rohlfs had a 696 series (229, 246, 221). Pollington's high game was 166, Bowman 202, & Meirose 235. Eastern Lanes donated the lanes and food for the day. Congratulations to the coaches for a great event and special congratulations to Zach & Scott for making the all star team.
The SID would like to thank Connie Pollington for the information for this story.