CANTON, Ohio — River Valley had a pair of banner efforts this weekend at C.T. Branin Natatorium, as both the Raiders and Lady Raiders scored a podium finish while also collecting program-bests in points at the 2012 Division II OHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships held in Stark County.
A trio of RVHS swimmers competed in the two-day event, and all three — Katie Blodgett, Sarah Blodgett and Trenton Wolfe — qualified for a pair of finals in various events. The Silver and Black used the efforts to score 21 points in the girls competition and 18 points in the boys division — both of which were program-best since the restart of the program back in the 2008-09 campaign.
The Lady Raiders placed 23rd out of 44 scoring teams, with Gates Mills Hawken winning the D-2 crown with 360.5 points. The Raiders finished in a three-way tie with Ontario and Bowling Green for 27th place out of 56 scoring teams, with Huntington Valley University School capturing the D-2 boys crown with 237.5 points.
Katie Blodgett landed a podium finish in the 500-yard freestyle event, where she finished eighth overall with a time of 5:17.12. The senior was also 15th overall in the 200y individual medley with a mark of 2:12.33, which yielded 13 team points for RVHS.
Sarah Blodgett finished 10th in the 500y freestyle with a time of 5:10.92 in the preliminaries, then placed 16th overall in the 200y freestyle with a mark of 1:58.93. The sophomore scored eight points for the Lady Raiders, who had accumulated a total of 19 points at the previous three state meets combined.
Trenton Wolfe was the lone competitor for the Raiders, and his 18 points also came with one podium finish. The sophomore was eighth overall in the 200y freestyle event with a time of 1:44.31, and he also placed 10th in the 500y freestyle event with a mark of 4:48.91.
The River Valley swim team is coached by Cindy Wolfe, who is completing her fourth season. RVHS has had at least one state competitor during each of her four years at the helm.