Jake Moore of the Dublin Jerome High School boys swimming and diving team wasn't sure where he had placed when he finished the 100-yard butterfly during the Division I state meet that concluded Feb. 25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Jake Moore of the Dublin Jerome High School boys swimming and diving team wasn't sure where he had placed when he finished the 100-yard butterfly during the Division I state meet that concluded Feb. 25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Once he cleared his eyes, took a quick breath and glanced at the scoreboard, the senior realized that he had reached a longtime goal by winning the event in 49.62 seconds.

"I was pretty excited and these four years finally paid off," said Moore, a Michigan State recruit. "Everything finally went together and my season is finally complete. My goal of getting in the top three was finally made and it was actually better because I became a state champ."

Moore, who finished 15th in the 50 freestyle (21.85) and 18th in the 100 free (48.2) at state last season, is the first state champion for the boys team.

"I'm not surprised," said coach Tyler Prose, who completed his fifth season. "Four years of hard work really showed off. Success breeds success. We're a young school; we've only been around eight years."

Moore also finished fourth in the 100 free (46.37) and teamed with Tanner Barton, Connor Cashman and Matt Minns to finish 15th in the 200 free relay (1:28.06).

Moore leaves the program as the record-holder in the 100 fly (49.28), 100 free (46.16) and 500 free (4:56.63). He also was part of the record-setting 200 free (1:27.75) and 400 free (3:14.97) relays.

It also was a successful state meet for junior diver Grant Saale, who placed fourth with 474.2 points.

He missed most of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, but came back this year to set program records for six (294.25) and 11 (490.1) dives.

"All of my hard work, discipline and training paid off in the end," Saale said.

Also competing at state for the boys team were Barton in the 100 fly (52.53, 17th) and the 400 free relay of Barton, Moore, Minns and Jack Scott that was disqualified in the consolation final.

The Celtics scored 54 points at state to finish 13th behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (297).

Jerome won the OCC-Cardinal Division meet Jan. 28 at the Union County YMCA in Marysville with 253 points, finishing ahead of runner-up Westerville Central (215). The Celtics then finished first (343) in the sectional meet Feb. 11 in Marysville ahead of runner-up Dublin Coffman (295) and finished third (170) in the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State behind UA (435) and St. Charles (336).

"I'm extremely happy, but we still have progress to make for next year," Prose said. "We need to get some new freshmen in and get better. We're losing a big key component, so we'll need to figure some way to replace Jake. It will be hard, though."

Competing at state for the girls team were Morgan Quesnel in the 100 free (55.31, 17th) and the 200 free relay of Quesnel, Hannah Kayuha, Cara Corroto and Amelia Tomei (1:41.85, 24th).

The girls team did not score at state, as UA (300) won its eighth consecutive state title.

Jerome finished third (226) in the league meet behind champion Olentangy Liberty (261) before placing third (303) at sectional behind champion Coffman (333) and ninth (97) at district behind champion UA (522).

•Senior Orion Martin led the Coffman boys team at state, placing fourth in the 100 fly (50.29) and eighth in the 100 free (46.92).

"There's always the thought where you could have ended better, but it's kind of overshot by the fact that you're on the podium, you just placed at state," Martin said.

Also at state, Martin, Ani Tarimala, Grant Horton and Daniel Flower finished 17th in the 400 free relay (3:15.41) and Martin, Flower, Horton and George Colson came in 21st in the 200 free relay (1:28.75).

Coffman scored 26 points at state to tie Solon for 22nd.

The Shamrocks finished fourth (169) in the OCC-Central meet Jan. 28 at Thomas Worthington behind champion UA (463). They then placed second (295) at sectional and seventh (124) at district.

Senior Nichole Gill closed her prep career by helping the girls team finish 11th at state in the 200 medley relay (1:48.69). Also on the relay were Monica Welcker, Kelsey High and Katie Kaffenbarger.

Also at state for the girls team were High in the 100 backstroke (58.68, 15th), Gill in the 100 fly (58.89, 22nd) and the 400 free relay of Welcker, High, Kaffenbarger and Zoe Spornhauer that was disqualified in the preliminary round.

Coffman scored 26 points at state to finish 24th.

The Shamrocks finished third (201) in the league meet behind champion UA (467), first (333) at sectional and fourth (154) at district.

•Scioto junior Liz Harty competed in her third state meet, finishing eighth in the 100 fly (56.57) and 16th in the 100 free (53.66).

"I'm a little disappointed, but I gave it my all in my races fighting bronchitis," she said. "With every breath I was taking, my lungs were just shaking, but I know what I did wrong and that makes me want to work harder."

"I thought Liz did a great job," coach Matt Williams said. "She swam within a couple tenths of her lifetime best, and that's all you can ask for. Getting top eight in the state is a big deal, and we are very proud of her."

Harty was the lone state qualifier for the girls team, which scored 12 points to Sandusky for 35th.

The Irish finished eighth (92) in the league meet, sixth (197) at sectional and 17th (44) at district.

The boys team did not have any state qualifiers. The Irish finished fourth (163) in the league meet, third (254) at sectional and 17th (31) at district.

"This has been a great first year for me with Scioto," Williams said. "The school's administration, swimmers and parents have made me feel at home."