ATHENS, Ohio — A total of 10 athletes from both River Valley and Gallia Academy are moving on to district competition following the completion of Saturday’s Division II Southeast District Sectional Swimming Tournament held at the Ohio University Aquatic Center in Athens County.
The Raiders had five swimmers qualify for districts in four events, while the Blue Devils had one swimmer advance in one event and the Blue Angels had four swimmers qualify in one relay. The Lady Raiders did not advance anyone to the D-2 district level.
RVHS finished the day with 220 points to place third overall in the 16-team field, which also included a trio of sectional titles by senior Trenton Wolfe. Wolfe captured gold in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.40) and 100-yard fresstyle (48.45) contests while advancing to districts.
Wolfe was also part of the two other district qualifiers from River Valley. Wolfe, James Jackson, Dean Lollathin and Chase Nance placed third overall in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:59.68, while Wolfe, Jackson, Lollathin and Aaron Stover finished first in the 200 freestyle relay with a mark of 1:42.70.
James Jackson also qualified for districts in both the 100 butterfly (1:09.98) and 500 freestyle (6:07.92) races with a pair of fourth-place finishes.
Ben Ball of GAHS also qualified for the D-2 district tournament in the 100 butterfly event after placing fifth with a time of 1:10.17.
The Blue Devils finished 13th overall as a team with 32 points. Chillicothe won the D-2 sectional title with 329 points, followed by runner-up Washington Court House with 231.
The Blue Angel quartet of Grace Ferrell, Maggie Westfall, Kiersten Stanley and Meghan McDaniel also advanced to districts in the 200 freestyle relay after finishing fifth at sectionals with a time of 2:08.12.
The Blue Angels were seventh out of 17 teams with 140 points, while the Lady Raiders were 13th overall with 80 points. Athens (325) and Miami Trace (190) finished 1-2 in the D-2 girls standings.
The Division II district tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavillion on the campus of the Ohio State University.
Complete results of the 2014 Division II Southeast District Sectional Swimming Tournament held at the Ohio University Aquatic Center are available on the web at ohsaa.org