Jenny Demjanenko couldn't help but worry about whether she qualified for the Division I state swimming and diving meet, even after she placed sixth in the 200-yard freestyle at district in a team-record time of 1 minute, 54.34 seconds.

Jenny Demjanenko couldn't help but worry about whether she qualified for the Division I state swimming and diving meet, even after she placed sixth in the 200-yard freestyle at district in a team-record time of 1 minute, 54.34 seconds.

After all, the Gahanna High School senior barely missed out on advancing to state in the 200 free the previous two seasons, even though she swam faster times than automatic qualifiers from the Northeast district.

Thus, Demjanenko was elated hours later when she learned she earned an at-large berth to compete at the state meet, which began last Wednesday and ends Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium.

"It feels really good to get my best time at district, because all of the hard work I put in from September until now was about how well I swam on this day," Demjanenko said. "My whole heat was really close and that made me go faster. Making it (feels) wonderful, especially after coming so close the past couple of years."

Demjanenko is seeded 20th for the state meet, but she feels she can improve upon her district time.

"I think I can drop more time if I fix my turns," Demjanenko said. "I'm misjudging how close I am to the wall and I'm not going into my turns fast enough."

Demjanenko was only slightly disappointed that she didn't make it back to state in the 500 free for a second-consecutive season after placing seventh in the event at district in a team-record time of 5:09.74.

"I dropped 10 seconds in the 500, so I feel like I did everything I could do," Demjanenko said. "My time would have made it to state last year, but my main focus was the 200, because it's so much more fun to swim."

The Lions scored 76 points to finish 12th behind Upper Arlington (472) in the 21-team district last Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

None of Gahanna's other boys or girls qualified for state, but Kassy Thomas, Demjanenko, Heather Scott and Sarah Reidler finished eighth in the 400 free relay in 3:45.38 to end their season on the podium.

"I feel like we all went out on a high note," Thomas said. "Everybody swam their best times ever here and that's great."

The boys team scored 31 points to place 18th behind champion St. Charles (399.5) in the 21-team Division I district, which was held last Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

Zach Koors placed seventh in diving with 328.25 points to reach the podium, and Rob Roll, Chris Chang, Koors and Justin Henderson finished 12th in the 200 medley relay (1:47.41).

"A lot of us swam our best times of the season," Chang said. "Our medley relay was a real highlight, because we all dropped time in it. Zach had a great day diving and just missed going to state by two spots."

Roll also placed 12th in the 100 back in 57.0.

"I'm excited because I just swam my lifetime best in the 100 back," Roll said. "This was the last meet ever for all of us seniors, but we really went out with a bang."

At a glance

Below is the state qualifier with district result and state seed for the Gahanna boys and girls swimming and diving teams:

Boys -- None

Girls -- Jenny Demjanenko: 200 free (1:54.34, sixth)

Others who competed at district were:

Boys -- Justin Henderson: 50 free (22.88, 19th), 100 breast (1:03.29, 17th); Rob Roll: 200 free (1:53.63, 22nd), 100 back (57.0, 12th); Chris Chang: 100 breast (1:07.08, 23rd); 200 IM (2:13.54, 22nd); 200 free relay (1:36.03, 18th); 400 free relay (3:34.71, 16th); 200 medley relay (1:47.41, 12th); Zach Koors (diving, 328.25, seventh); A.J. Salls (diving, 136.55, 20th).

Girls -- Kristen Gregory: diving (119.0, 22nd); Kassy Thomas: 50 free (25.32, 15th), 100 free (55.88, 16th); Sarah Reidler: 100 free (54.61, ninth), 100 back (1:00.45, 12th); Demjanenko: 500 free (5:09.74, seventh); Heather Scott: 100 back (1:04.09, 23rd), 200 IM (2:23.63, 19th); 200 free relay (1:44.54, 11th); 400 free relay (3:45.38, eighth); 200 medley relay (2:06.14, 20th)