Oakwood sweeps district swim titles


Oakwood sweeps district swim titles

The Division II district swim meet has come and gone — and it came up all Oakwood.

The Lumberjacks dominated both the boys and girls portions of the event on Friday and Saturday. The Oakwood boys won with 432 points, besting second place Indian Hill by almost 80. The girls won with 433, topping Cin. Wyoming by over 200.

As a result, Oakwood was heavily represented on the state qualifer list that was released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Sunday for next week’s state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

“We had a really good sectional, which gave us good spots at district,” Oakwood coach Jennifer Jervis said. “We did everything we were supposed to do. We had some great swims.”

In boys qualifying, Oakwood took the top four spots in the 500 free with Cliff Goertemiller, Wending Zhu, Brock Turner and Jackson Higgins. The Lumberjacks took three of the top four and four of the top six in the 200 free.

Goertemiller also qualified first in the 200 free. Patrick Mulcare was first in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke.

Oakwood’s girls team was fourth and its boys team finished second at state last year. The boys lost by six points after a highly-touted relay team was disqualified at district.

“It cost us the whole meet,” Jervis said. “I think our prospects this year are a lot better. It’s hard to speculate and do the math, because once you get there things can change and it’s anybody’s game. But I think we have a really good shot.”

Fenwick senior Laura Stephenson qualified for state for the fourth-consecutive season, this year in the 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley. She is also part of the 200 relay team that qualified.

Justin Crew of Springfield Shawnee qualified in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Kenda Crew qualified in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Jeff Ross and Matt Pettit of Catholic Central each qualified in two events.

Division I: Centerville took second in both boys and girls at the district meet. Josh Brooks, Nathaniel Lowry and Jake Carlsen eacy qualified in two events in boys. Grace Hoffman, Maddie Eckley, Claire Butkus and Emma King were among multiple qualifiers for the Centerville girls.

Middletown’s Mark Andrew qualified in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. Scott Richmond qualified in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke for Talawanda. Casey Frazier, Bryan McNamara and John Raker each qualified in two events for Lakota West.

Madelyn Shaffer of Springfield qualified in the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle.

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