Grant Horton of the Dublin Coffman High School boys swimming and diving team is looking forward to his final trip to Branin Natatorium in Canton for the Division I state meet.
The senior was one of seven Shamrocks swimmers to advance out of the district meet Feb. 15 at Ohio State. The preliminaries for all swimming events at state will be held Friday, Feb. 21, and the finals will be held Saturday, Feb. 22.
None of the Dublin boys and girls teams had any state qualifiers in diving.
Horton qualified in two individual events, the 100-yard freestyle and 200 free, and as a member of the 200 and 400 free relays. He won the district title in the 200 free (1 minute, 40.49 seconds) and placed third in the 100 free (46.41) and is seeded third in the 200 free and 12th in the 100 free at state.
The top two finishers 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.
Last season at state, Horton finished 14th in the 200 free (1:43.95) and 19th in the 100 free (47.63).
"It's going to be great," Horton said of returning to state. "I'm really looking forward to it. My goals are obviously to make it ... to the podium (by finishing in the top eight). If I could be top five in the 200, that would make me really happy, and I think our relays are going to do some phenomenal things."
Horton teamed with Daniel Flower, Ian Stamm and Feodor Orlov to win the district title in the 400 free relay (3:08.86) and combined with Flower, Stamm and Louie Mayo to place second in the 200 free relay (1:26.8).
The 400 free relay is seeded fifth at state and the 200 free relay is seeded ninth.
Also qualifying for state were Orlov in the 500 free (4:42.31, third at district), Mayo in the 100 breaststroke (59.77, third) and the 200 medley relay of Orlov, Mayo, George Colson and Chance Davis (1:38.3, fifth).
Orlov is seeded 20th in the 500 free, Mayo is seeded 19th in the 100 breast and the 200 medley relay is seeded 18th.
The boys team scored 232 points at district to finish third behind St. Charles (304) and Upper Arlington (287) as 25 teams scored.
The girls team was led at district by Kelsey High, who qualified for state in two individual events and on a relay.
The junior finished second in the 100 backstroke (56.97) and seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:09.89) and is seeded eighth and 22nd, respectively, in the two events at state.
Last season at state, High finished 13th in the 100 back (57.86) and 24th in the 200 IM (2:10.67).
"I want to improve my times and make podium," she said.
High teamed with Katie Kaffenbarger, Kathryn Sparrow and Sydney Carlson at district to place fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:49.58). The relay is seeded 19th at state.
The girls team finished ninth (115) at district behind champion UA (522) as 24 teams scored.
"The boys swam really well," coach Steven VonSchriltz said. "The girls were a little off for whatever reason. The boys swam great."
Jerome girls finish fourth at district
Morgan Quesnel led the Jerome girls team at district, qualifying for state in two individual events and as a member of two relays.
The senior placed second in the 100 butterfly (57.02) and sixth in the 100 free (52.44) and is seeded ninth and 16th, respectively, at state.
Last season at state, Quesnel finished 10th in the 100 fly (56.92) and 18th in the 100 free (53.46).
The 400 free relay of Quesnel, Hannah Kayuha, Madison Redd and Amelia Tomei placed fourth (3:35.89) and is seeded 14th at state and the 200 medley relay of Quesnel, Kayuha, Tomei and Kaylan Froebel placed third (1:49.29) and is seeded 15th.
Kayuha also qualified for state in the 100 free, placing eighth (53.23). She is seeded 23rd at state.
The girls team finished fourth (171) at district behind UA, Thomas Worthington (204) and Delaware (174).
Jack Scott led the boys team at district, placing second in both the 50 free (20.82) and 100 free (45.99). He is seeded third in the former and sixth in the latter at state.
Scott also teamed with Mitchell Burns, Shayan Araghi and Michael Robinson to advance to state in both the 400 free and 200 free relays. The 400 free relay placed second (3:10.77) and is seeded eighth at state and the 200 free relay placed fifth and is seeded 15th.
"I'm very happy," Scott said. "Our relay performance in the 400 free was spectacular. I didn't expect that at all."
Burns also qualified for state in the 100 fly. He placed fourth (51.97) at district and is seeded 17th at state.
The boys team finished eighth (120) at district.
"We're extremely happy," coach Matt Williams said. "The kids have been working all year for this and, for this day to finally come and the kids pull through it and hit their goal times, it was an excellent meet."
Weaver leads Scioto boys team at district
Ben Weaver led the Scioto boys team at district, placing third in the 200 free (1:41.99) and sixth in the 100 free (46.92).
The junior advanced to state in both events and is seeded ninth in the 200 free and 18th in the 100 free.
"I haven't made it to state (in individual events) before," Weaver said. "I'd had hoped to make it last year. I'm hoping to come in and basically tear it up this year."
Weaver also teamed with Joel Schuster, Jesse Jordan and Kiujoy Kokko to qualify for state in the 200 free relay. The relay placed seventh (1:23.82) at district and is seeded 20th at state.
The boys team scored 110 points at district to finish ninth.
The girls team did not score at district and had no state qualifiers.
"I'm very pleased," coach Brian Worhatch said. "A lot of times dropped. Even people that tapered for sectional, we had a couple fast swims."