COLUMBUS, Ohio — A fitting end to a storied career.
River Valley senior Trenton Wolfe will be making his fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament this weekend after qualifying out of the 2014 Division II District Swimming and Diving championships held last Friday and Saturday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of the Ohio State University.
Wolfe qualified in two separate events, which included a second straight district championship in the 200-yard freestyle race and a runner-up effort in the 100 freestyle competition. It will be the fourth time that Wolfe will compete in the 200 freestyle at the state level and the first time in the 100 freestyle event.
Wolfe posted a winning mark of 1:45.72 in the 200 freestyle race, then notched a time of 47.67 seconds to finish second in the 100 freestyle event. Wolfe enters state with the 11th and eighth fastest times in those respective contests.
Wolfe helped the Raiders earn a team tally of 49 points, which allowed RVHS to finish 12th out of 41 scoring teams at the event. Dover won the D-2 boys title with 259 points, while Granville (250) and Gahanna Columbus Academy (213) rounded out the top-three spots in the standings.
Wolfe was the only swimmer to qualify out of districts, but he was not the only competitor from the Ohio Valley Publishing area at the event.
Wolfe joined James Jackson, Dean Lollathin and Aaron Stover in finishing 11th out of 30 teams with a time of 1:42.70 in the 200 freestyle relay. Wolfe, Jackson, Lollathin and Chase Nance were also 19th out of 30 teams with a mark of 1:59.86 in the 200 medley relay.
James Jackson was also 29th out of 30 in the 100 butterfly (1:11.79) and 30th out of 30 in the 500 freestyle (6:18.43). Ben Ball of Gallia Academy also competed in the 100 butterfly event, placing 28th overall with a time of 1:10.42.
The GAHS quartet of Grace Ferrell, Maggie Westfall, Kiersten Stanley and Meghan McDaniel also placed 28th out of 30 teams in the ladies’ 200 freestyle relay with a time of 2:05.24.
The Blue Angels did not score at the district level as a team, while RVHS did not have any girls competing at the district competition. Columbus School for Girls won the D-2 girls title with 413 points, followed by runner-up Granville and third-place Gahanna Columbus Academy with respective totals of 395 and 324 points.
The 2014 OHSAA swimming and diving championships will be held Wednesday through Saturday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium on the campus of Canton McKinley High School in Stark County.
Complete results of the 2014 Division II District Swimming and Diving championships held at the OSU McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion are available on the web at ohsaa.org