The Dublin Jerome High School boys swimming and diving team is hoping the momentum it gained by winning the OCC-Cardinal Division championship carries over to the Division I sectional meet.

The Dublin Jerome High School boys swimming and diving team is hoping the momentum it gained by winning the OCC-Cardinal Division championship carries over to the Division I sectional meet.

The Celtics scored 253 points in the league meet that concluded Jan. 28 at the Union County YMCA in Marysville to finish ahead of Westerville Central (215), Olentangy (190), Dublin Scioto (163), Westerville North (141), Olentangy Liberty (135), Westerville South (132) and Marysville (96).

It's the Celtics' first league championship since 2006, when they won the OCC-Capital title.

"I knew we had a shot," coach Tyler Prose said. "We needed our top swimmers to swim well and we also needed our middle-of-the-road kids to come in and score some points.

"This is a great meet to show them where we are in the season and set ourselves up for good times for seeding at sectionals. I think we can do a lot of good things at sectionals. I think we're going to have a lot of district qualifiers and we're going to have a lot of state qualifiers. We're moving in the right direction."

Jerome, Dublin Coffman and Dublin Scioto all will compete in a Division I sectional on Feb. 11 at the Union County YMCA. Also competing at the site will be Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby, Hilliard Davidson, Liberty, Marysville, Olentangy and Olentangy Orange.

The winner of each sectional swimming event qualifies for the district meet Feb. 17 and 18 at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths will be awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until the district meet.

Leading the way for Jerome in the league meet was senior Jake Moore, who won the 50-yard freestyle (22.28 seconds) and 100 free (48.42) and anchored the winning 200 free relay (1:30.80) and winning 400 free relay (3:20.67). Tanner Barton, Matt Minns and Connor Cashman joined Moore on the 200 free relay. Also on the 400 free relay were Barton, Minns and Jack Scott.

Barton won the 100 butterfly (54.07) and Grant Saale finished first in diving (459.8), ahead of teammate Jacob Kasper (410.45).

"We swam in some different events, but the points all came together in the relays," Minns said. "We're strong."

The Jerome girls team finished third (226) in the OCC-Central meet, behind Liberty (261) and Central (245) and ahead of Olentangy (155.5), South (147.5), Marysville (114), North (94) and Scioto (92).

Last season in the Worthington sectional, the girls team was fifth (136) behind champion Thomas Worthington (194) and the boys team was sixth (113) behind champion New Albany (238).

•Junior Liz Harty, a two-time state qualifier, led the Scioto girls team, as she won the 100 fly (59.14) and finished second in the 100 free (54.84) behind Central's Sally Thompson (54.3).

"I'm definitely ready for the next couple of weeks because that's when it's really going to show how well you trained and tapered," Harty said. "I'm not too happy (about the league meet), but I'm not going to dwell over it because this isn't a meet that counts. I just need to know what I need to work on and, of course, I'll do that in the pool and just expect the next meets those will be corrected and I'll swim faster."

Coach Matt Williams is hoping his teams are ready for postseason.

"Our team is so young," he said. "We only had 17 swimmers last year, and I went out and recruited heavily. Now we have a full, 28-person roster. For the freshmen and sophomores that we've brought in and never swam before, they've never experienced anything like this."

Last season in the Worthington sectional, the boys team finished fifth (114) and the girls team was 10th (60).

•The Coffman girls team finished third (201) in the OCC-Central meet that concluded Jan. 28 at Thomas Worthington, behind Upper Arlington (467) and Thomas (245) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (150), Worthington Kilbourne (96), Hilliard Darby (79) and Central Crossing (52).

Westland does not have a swimming program.

Freshman Kelsey High led the Shamrocks, placing second in both the 200 individual medley (2:15.45) and 100 backstroke (59.14).

Coffman competed without senior Nichole Gill, who was out with an illness. Coach Steven VonSchriltz said Gill, a three-time state qualifier, is questionable for the Dublin Classic on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Dublin Recreation Center and the sectional meet.

The boys team finished fourth (169) in the OCC-Central meet, behind UA (463), Thomas (209) and Kilbourne (192) and ahead of Darby (127), Central Crossing (65) and Davidson (0).

Senior Orion Martin, a two-time state qualifier, won the 100 fly (52.09) and 100 free (47.79).

"We definitely have a lot more to do in taper in practice, but the postseason is looking very promising," Martin said.

Last season in the UA sectional, the boys team finished third (128) behind champion UA (414) and the girls team was fourth (143) behind champion UA (416).

"I would prefer to be at (the) UA (sectional)," VonSchriltz said. "The advantage of going to Marysville is we'll more than likely have several sectional champions in a small sectional like that, but our goal is to qualify for districts, not so much those smaller awards."