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Athletes of the Year: Winter sports honorees rose to occasion

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Sports winter honorees Rose occasion

The Athletes of the Year were named at the ThisWeek Sports Awards banquet May 24 at Villa Milano. A story on Dublin Coffman’s Jacy Sheldon, the Super 12 girls basketball captain, also can be found on ThisWeekSPORTS.com. Stories on Upper Arlington’s Dane Goodwin, Super 12 boys basketball captain, and Central Crossing’s Jaden Mattox, Super 12 wrestling captain, will be posted next week.

Here are the other Athletes of the Year for the winter season:

Dakota Elliott

GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING

The Upper Arlington senior ended her prep career by winning her second consecutive Division I state title in the 200-yard individual medley.

Elliott won the event in 1 minute, 58.78 seconds, just missing the state record of 1:57.98.

Also in the state meet that concluded Feb. 24 at Branin Natatorium in Canton, the Pittsburgh commit placed second in the 500 freestyle (4:52.78) and helped the 200 medley relay place fifth (1:44.31).

During her career, Elliott won nine individual or relay district titles, was on the state and state-meet record-setting 200 medley relay as a junior and won state titles as part of the 200 free relay as a sophomore and the 200 medley relay as a freshman.

“Dakota is a fierce competitor. She has a unique ability to turn it on when she steps up onto the blocks,” coach Dan Peterkoski said. “I have seen very few athletes that have the competitive instincts possessed by Dakota. I think a lot of this competitiveness comes from the idea that Dakota hates to lose more than she likes to win. This has allowed her to be successful at the highest levels of competition.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Jordan Aurnou-Rhees, Columbus School for Girls, So.

Rachel Peroni, Olentangy Liberty, Sr.

Kristyn Sabol, Dublin Coffman, So.

Maycey Vieta, Gahanna, Jr.

PAST WINNERS

Miranda Donley, Columbus School for Girls (2017); Katie Trace, Upper Arlington (2016); Gracie Long, Upper Arlington (2015 and 2013); Olivia Ball, Olentangy (2014)

Bethany Hurt

GYMNASTICS

The Dublin Coffman senior won the district championship in the all-around with a 37.0 after sharing the title as a junior.

Also in the district meet Feb. 24, Hurt finished first on floor exercise (9.45), tied for first on balance beam (9.35), tied for second on vault (9.15) and tied for third on uneven bars (9.05).

Her best finish in the individual state meet March 3 at Hilliard Bradley came on vault, in which she tied for 19th (9.125). She finished 34th in the all-around (33.65).

Hurt also was the OCC-Central champion in the all-around for the third consecutive season and won all-around titles at the Hilliard Invitational on Dec. 16 and the Wolfpack Invitational on Jan. 6 at Worthington Kilbourne.

“I couldn’t be more proud of her,” coach Kristen Willms said of Hurt, who was named the top athlete for the second consecutive year. “Between all the changes we made to the program when she was a sophomore, she’s done so well.

“She’s one of the few kids in high school who literally added difficulty and new skills. When kids go to high school, they’re often on a decline and she was trying to get her start skills up. I couldn’t ask for anyone better to represent our school.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Gianna Brooks, Westerville Central, Jr.

Mary Dimitroff, Big Walnut, Sr.

Greta Planck, Hilliard Bradley, Sr.

Chloe Shook, Hilliard Darby, Sr.

PAST WINNERS

Hurt (2017); Darian Connors, Hilliard Bradley (2016); Ally Duckworth, Hilliard Bradley (2015); Alexa Markulls, Dublin Coffman (2014); Katie Miltko, DeSales (2013)

Jason Mathews

BOYS SWIMMING & DIVING

This Westerville North senior and Ohio State signee capped a stellar prep career by winning his second consecutive Division I state title in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.76 seconds) on Feb. 24 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

As a junior, he won the event in 54.91 while competing for Pickerington North.

Mathews was Westerville North’s first state champion since 2015 graduate Mason Miller, who won the 50 freestyle in 2013 and the 100 butterfly in 2014 and 2015.

Mathews also placed third in the 200 individual medley (program-record 1:50.43) at state after placing fifth (1:51.67) as a junior.

“Jason loves to compete and always steps on the blocks ready to race,” coach Rich Morris said. “He is a student of the sport and he’s meticulous in his preparation.”

Mathews also set the Warriors’ program record in the 100 breast (53.89) in the Ned Reeb Invitational on Dec. 16 at Ohio State and holds the program record in the 200 free (1:39.27).

“Jason not only excelled in competition, but also did a great job of leading our younger swimmers,” Morris said. “He became a great teacher of relay-exchange technique.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Jacob Eismann, Columbus Academy, Jr.

Benjamin Kuriger, Olentangy, Jr.

Eddie Michael, Dublin Coffman, Sr.

Max Scott, Dublin Jerome, Jr.

PAST WINNERS

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