Jake Moore of the Dublin Jerome High School boys swimming and diving team has admired the school's wall of fame since his freshman year.

Jake Moore of the Dublin Jerome High School boys swimming and diving team has admired the school's wall of fame since his freshman year.

The display recognizes the school's athletes who have had success at the state level.

Moore, a senior who has signed with Michigan State, is hoping to become the first boys swimmer at Jerome to earn a spot on the wall. To do so, he must finish in the top three in an event in the Division I state meet Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Moore is seeded first at state in the 100-yard butterfly after winning the event in the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State in 49.28 seconds. He is seeded second in the 100 freestyle after finishing first at district in 46.16.

"I was kind of iffy if I was going to win (either event) or not. I kind of surprised myself," Moore said. "I'm pretty happy with myself. I want to be the first boy swimmer at Jerome to get on the wall of fame."

Moore also will compete at state in the 200 free relay with Tanner Barton, Matt Minns and Connor Cashman and in the 400 free relay with Barton, Minns and Jake Scott. The 200 free relay finished fourth (1:27.75) at district and the 400 free relay finished fifth (3:14.97). Both relays are seeded 17th at state.

Barton, a junior, will join Moore in the 100 fly after finishing seventh (52.55) at district. He is seeded 18th at state.

Junior diver Grant Saale continued his comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last year by finishing third at district with a program-record 490.1 for 11 dives. The previous record of 482 was set by J.P. Perez in 2006.

Saale is seeded sixth at state. The diving competition will be held Thursday, Feb. 23.

"As long as he shows up and does what he did (at district), I think he'll do a fantastic job at states," coach Ryan Wilson said. "Last season, Grant was out for the season and he worked on strength conditioning and being strong. He's healthy and you can definitely see it this year."

Saale finished 19th (242.1) at state as a freshman.

"My goal this year is to get top five," he said. "I think that is a pretty realistic goal, so top five would be ideal."

The Jerome boys finished third (170) at district behind Upper Arlington (435) and St. Charles (336.5).

Qualifying for state for the girls team were sophomore Morgan Quesnel in the 100 free and the 200 free relay of Quesnel, Hannah Kayuha, Cara Corroto and Amelia Tomei. Quesnel finished sixth (53.01) and is seeded 17th. The relay finished seventh (1:40.64) and is seeded 23rd.

The Celtics finished ninth (97) behind champion UA (522).

"There were lots of great swims," coach Tyler Prose said. "Good relays, good individuals. I was very happy."

•Seniors Nichole Gill and Orion Martin led Coffman in the district meet and will close out their prep careers at state.

Gill missed most of the regular season because of a pulmonary embolism, which results from blood clots in the lungs, but returned to the lineup earlier this month and finished fifth at district in the 100 fly (57.49). She is seeded 16th at state.

"I really want to get top eight for butterfly, especially since that will be my only individual race," Gill said.

Kelsey High advanced to state in the 100 backstroke after finishing eighth (58.04) at district. She is seeded 16th at state.

Also advancing to state for the girls team were the 200 medley relay of Gill, High, Zoe Spornhauer and Katie Kaffenbarger (fourth, 1:48.58, 12th seed), the 200 free relay of Kaffenbarger, Spornhauer, Hailey Tiarks and Monica Welcker (fourth, 1:39.29, 14th seed) and the 400 free relay of Gill, High, Kaffenbarger and Welcker (fifth, 3:37.37, 15th seed).

Martin is seeded fourth in the 100 fly at state after finishing second at district in 50.29 at district. He also will compete in the 100 free after finishing third at district in 46.93. He is seeded 10th.

"I felt pretty good about my events," Martin said. "I probably could have done a little better, but I'm really happy with how I did."

Also qualifying for state for the boys team were the 400 free relay of Martin, Ani Tarimala, Daniel Flower and Grant Horton (third, 3:13.69, 13th seed) and the 200 free relay of Martin, Flower, Horton and George Colson (sixth, 1:28.41, 23rd seed).

The girls team finished fourth (154) at district and the boys team was seventh (124).

"The guys swam really well," coach Steven VonSchriltz said. "The girls did pretty good. They struggled early, but I thought they finished pretty well."

•Junior Liz Harty, a three-time state qualifier, will represent Scioto at state.

She placed third at district in the 100 fly (56.4) and fourth in the 100 free (52.72). She is seeded fifth at state in the 100 fly and 13th in the 100 free.

"I'm going in to see how fast I can swim," Harty said. "I'm not really aiming on a place. I just want to see how fast I can swim with all the hard work I've put in this season."

"Liz put in the work and she's very deserving and we know that she will go faster (this) week and represent Scioto well," coach Matt Williams said.

Both the girls (44) and boys (31) teams finished 17th at district.

"The kids swam really well," Williams said. "They performed well at the right time."