(2-26-22) Gates Mills Hawken won another D II Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) State Swim and Dive Title. The Hawks edged out Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 269.5 to 243.
The title gives Hawken 31 state title and this one was the 24th in a row.
The Hawks’ Jessica Eden and Tori Culotta led the way to another title.
Jessica Eden won the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke state titles and swam on the 200 and runner-up 400 freestyle relay.
Tori Culotta won the D II freestyle state championship for her fourth state title.
NCAA Division I commits from Hawken include Jessica Eden, Ohio State Maggie Mallett, University of Miami, t Tori Culotta< Notre Dame and American University recruit Madan Morris.
About the streak Jessica Eden told cleveland.com before the meet –
“It’s been going on for so long that nobody wants to be the one that ends it. Streaks are meant to eventually end, but I don’t think anyone feels the pressure to keep it going. I think we just want to do what we’ve been preparing for all season. This goes, I think, for every swimmer that’s ever swam at Hawken. All you’re looking to do is be better than you were yesterday and the year before.”
Hawken has the third longest active girls swimming state title streak in the United States, behind Carmel (Indiana) (37) and Jacksonville (Florida) Bolles (32). The Hawks 31 state titles overall is the fourth-most all-time in the country.