Dublin Jerome High School swimming and diving coach Tyler Prose believes his teams set themselves up for good showings in the Division I state meet after strong finishes at district Feb. 16 at Ohio State.
The boys team finished third (170 points) behind champion Upper Arlington (380) as 24 teams scored and the girls were fourth (149) behind champion UA (491) as 24 teams scored.
"The kids know that they can compete with the best of this district and compete with the best in the state," Prose said.
Entering district, Prose expected his boys relays to do well and they didn't disappoint, led by the 200-yard freestyle relay of Tanner Barton, Connor Cashman, Michael Robinson and Jack Scott. They finished first in 1 minute, 26.9 seconds and are seeded sixth at state, which runs Thursday, Feb. 21, through Saturday, Feb. 23, at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
"It was a great day," Prose said. "We had a big win in that 200 free relay for our boys."
The same four were third (3:12.82) in the 400 free relay, which is seeded 14th at state.
The top two placers in each swimming event at district automatically advanced to state. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top three boys divers and top four girls divers at district advanced.
Scott was third in the 100 free (47.31) at district and is seeded 19th at state. He was sixth in the 200 individual medley (1:57.19) and is seeded 18th at state.
"This is awesome," said Scott, a sophomore. "I'm happy because when I'm a senior I know I'm going to be doing really well after already going to states as a sophomore."
Barton was third in the 100 butterfly (51.3) and is seeded 10th at state, and Cashman was fifth in the 50 free (51.72) and is seeded 23rd at state.
For the girls, Morgan Quesnel was third in the 100 fly (56.75) and is seeded eighth at state. She also was fourth in the 100 free (53.01) and is seeded 15th at state.
Quesnel, Hannah Kayuha, Cara Corroto and Amelia Tomei were third in the 200 free relay (1:39.43) and are seeded 13th at state. Quesnel, Kayuha, Corroto and Alexis Holderman were fifth in the 400 free relay (3:38.84) and are seeded 19th at state.
Coffman has strong showing at district
The Coffman boys and girls teams also performed well at district, as the boys were fifth (137) and the girls were sixth (121).
"We had some really good swims," coach Steven VonSchriltz said. "We had some that were surprises."
For the boys, Grant Horton was second in the 100 free (47.14) and second in the 200 free (1:42.33). He is seeded 13th in both events at state.
Horton, Daniel Flower, Feodor Orlov and Chance Davis were third in the 200 free relay (1:27.62) and are seeded 11th at state. Horton, Orlov, Flower and Ian Stamm were fifth in the 400 free relay (3:14.05) and are seeded 17th at state.
Kelsey High led the girls at district. She was fourth in the 100 backstroke (57.25) and is seeded 12th at state and fifth in the 200 IM (2:08.19) and is seeded 20th at state.
High, Katie Kaffenbarger, Alexis Shindler and Zoe Spornhauer were fourth in the 400 free relay (3:26.27) at district and are seeded 15th at state. High, Kaffenbarger, Spornhauer and Kathryn Sparrow were fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:49.25) and are seeded 16th at state.
Harty leads Scioto girls
Scioto senior Liz Harty, a University of Michigan signee, will compete at state for the fourth consecutive season.
"Only one more week and then I'm on to bigger and better things, but it's high school season with all the competition," Harty said. "It's made me who I am."
Harty was second in the 100 fly (56.27) at district behind defending state champion Maddie Martin of Pickerington Central and is seeded fifth at state.
Harty was second in the 200 free (1:52.25) and is seeded 10th at state.
"The main thing for me was to get top two because that's an automatic to states and I know that a lot of these girls have been tapering for three, maybe two weeks and I've only been tapering for four days," Harty said. "It's really exciting that I could get second."
Last season at state, Harty was eighth in the 100 fly (56.57) and 16th in the 100 free (53.66).
The girls team finished 15th (44) at district.
The boys 200 free relay of Jesse Jordan, Noah Schuster, Joel Schuster and Ben Weaver qualified for state after finishing seventh (1:29.5) at district. They are seeded 24th at state.
The boys team finished 13th (76) at district.