COLUMBUS, Ohio — Since River Valley re-established swimming as a varsity sport four winters ago, the Silver and Black had produced at least one state qualifier during each of those three previous campaigns.
Following Saturday’s Division II district meet at Ohio State University, you can now make that four for four.
RVHS had three individuals qualify for two events apiece following the 2012 Central, East and Southeast District Swimming and Diving Championships held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavillion on the OSU campus.
The three state advancees — Katie Blodgett, Sarah Blodgett and Trenton Wolfe — are all repeat qualifiers from a year ago, and all three will be competing in a pair of events that each competed in last year at the state level.
Wolfe had a particularly special day after coming away with the program’s lone district title after winning the 500-yard Freestyle event with a time of 4:55.24. The sophomore was also the district runner-up in the 200y Freestyle with a mark of 1:46.82. Wolfe is seeded 18th and 11th in those respective events next weekend at state.
Katie Blodgett was the runner-up in the 500y Freestyle event with a time of 5:08.38 and also finished third in the 200y Individual Medley with a mark of 2:10.80. The senior is seeded eighth and 16th in those respective events next weekend.
Sarah Blodgett was third overall in the 200y Freestyle (1:57.53) and also placed fourth in the 500y Freestyle (5:09.10). The sophomore is seeded 17th and 10th in those respective events at state.
There will be 24 competitors in each individual state event, which will be held Thursday through Saturday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. River Valley qualified five for the state event a year ago.
The Lady Raider quartet of both Blodgetts, Alicia Ferrell and Abby Hammond competed in two district relay events, although neither team advanced to state. The foursome placed 14th in the 200y Medley (2:08.82) and was also 19th in the 200y Freestyle (1:58.20).
The Raider foursome of Wolfe, Austin Spurlock, Adam Clagg and James Jackson also competed in two district relay events, although neither team advanced to state. The quartet finished 26th in the 200y Freestyle (1:48.00) and was also 27th in the 200y Medley (2:05.11).
The Raiders were 19th overall with 37 points, while the ladies finished 11th with 70 points.
Gallia Academy competed in one event at the district level, but the quartet of Emily Thomas, Naomi Sebastian, Evans Smalley and Jessica Northup had no luck in the 200y Medley after being disqualified for an early entry in the water during one of the exchanges.