District Meet Recap

The Centerville Elks Boys and Girls Swim & Dive Team were both district runner ups in the Southwest Ohio District competition which was held over the past week.  The boys came in 2nd for the 5th year in a row to powerhouse St. Xavier.  The girls competition was extremely close all night and the Elks barely missed the District title and came in 2ndplace by 19 points to Mason and edged out Ursuline Academy by 17 points.  The Elks will be sending 21 Swimmers and Divers to the State Meet in Canton, Ohio. 

The meet began with diving on Tuesday and Wednesday night where the Elks dominated the podium.  The team  competed with a total of 24 divers in both the boys and girls division, hoping to secure a spot to State. The top 7 places qualifies for State.   On Tuesday night, Noah Hickey took 2nd place and Brad Hornbostel placed 6thwhich advances them both to State.   Olivia Lehman and Katie Polk were in a tight race for the top spots and ended up finishing 2nd and 3rd.  Maddy Woods finished up in 6th place rounding out the girl divers from Centerville advancing to state.   There are a total of 5 divers competing which is the most divers Centerville has ever sent to State.  “We are thrilled with the divers performance this year and how they all performed great in this high pressure situation.  It is great that the diving results helped the overall team achieve runner up at Districts,”  said Head Coach Alice Licata. 

The Swimming started Friday night with the boys competition.  The Elk relays were the highlight of the evening with the 400 Freestyle Relay of Josh Brooks, Jake Carlsen, Tyler Fullington, and Chris Quarin edging out powerhouse St. Xavier by .1 seconds and taking 1stplace.  The 200 Medley Relay (Dylan Curtis, Nathaniel Lowry, Corey Beinhart, Steven Quarin) placed 8thplace and the 200 Free Relay took 2ndplace.  Leading the Elk Boys was Senior Co-Captain Josh Brooks who took first place in the 200IM in a time of 1.52.0, finished 6thin the 500 Free and was a member of both the 200 and 400 Free Relay.  Co-Captain Jake Carlsen placed 5thin the 100 Free with a time of 47.12 and was a member of the 200 and 400 Free Relay.  Nathaniel Lowry was the leading Elk in the 100 Breast taking 3rdplace and took 6thin the 200IM.  Corey Beinhart was 4thin the 100 Breast and also a member of the 200 Medley Relay.

The Lady Swimming competition was on Saturday night and the Elks were led by Emma Curtis and Emma King who both made four trips to the podium throughout the evening.  Curtis’ night began with the 200 Medley where she swam the free anchor which took 4thplace and the 200 Free relay which took 3rd.  She also made two individual trips to the podium taking 7thplace in the 50 Free and 4thin the 100 Breast.  Emma King’s night began with the 200 Freestyle where she placed 7th.  She then followed up with a personal best time in the 500 Free and placed 5th.  She was a key member of the 200 and 400 Free Relay which both placed 3rd.  Co-Captain Marisa Pulaski placed 6thin the 100 Breast, qualified in the 200IM and was a member of the 200 Medley Relay. Co-Captain Claire Butkus had an outstanding evening swimming personal bests and placing 4thin the 100 Freestyle and being a key member of both the 200 and 400 Free Relays.  Sophomore Grace Hoffman also had a great evening and finished 7thin the 100 back, qualified for state in the 200IM and was also a member of the 200 Medley and 400 Free Relay.  Freshman Maddison Eckley made her debut finishing 6thin the 200 Free, qualifying to state in the 500 Free and being a member of the 400 Free Relay.  Madi Stout was in a 4-way tie for a chance to qualify in the 50 Free and even though she won her swim-off she just missed out on an individual spot at state.  However she is a member of the 200 Medley and Free Relay.  Rounding out the women’s State team is Nicole Swartz who was the highest placing lady in an individual event taking 5thin the 500 Free and posting a personal best time of 5.03.26  

The State competition begins on Thursday morning in Canton, Ohio with Girls Diving.  The preliminary round of swimming is Friday morning with Boys Diving occurring on Saturday morning.  The state competition will conclude on Saturday night with swimming finals.