Morgan Belli of the Gahanna Lincoln High School girls swimming and diving team wasn't satisfied with the way she performed in the Division I district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State, even though she swam well enough to qualify for the state meet in both of her individual events.

Morgan Belli of the Gahanna Lincoln High School girls swimming and diving team wasn't satisfied with the way she performed in the Division I district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State, even though she swam well enough to qualify for the state meet in both of her individual events.

The sophomore placed second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 5.2 seconds behind Upper Arlington's Lauren Comer (2:00.48) and finished fourth (57.3) in the 100 backstroke behind Comer (55.66), Watterson's Michele Rielly (55.77) and Watterson's Camey Rabold (55.86).

The top two finishers in each swimming event at district automatically qualified for the state meet Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each swimming event based on district times statewide.

The top three finishers in boys diving and top four finishers in girls diving also advanced to state.

"This week, we don't have school (Feb. 20 or Feb. 21), so that will be a good opportunity to rest and focus on the upcoming weekend," coach Erin Darrah said. "On Friday, it will be important for (Belli) to have good prelim swims to set up for finals. She's done this before and she's a fierce competitor, so she knows what she needs to do to get the job done."

Last year, Gahanna scored 30 points at state to finish 20th behind champion UA (286), as Belli placed fourth in the 200 IM (2:04.65) and 100 back (56.21).

As Belli begins her full taper, she is aiming for a top-three finish in both events. Darrah believes her state experience will give her an edge this season. Belli is seeded sixth in the 200 IM and 10th in the 100 back.

"With a big meet like this, it's always easier the second time around," Darrah said. "You know what to expect and how it works. Morgan does have some experience with bigger meets, so I think she'll handle it well."

Belli is the Lions' lone state qualifier for the second consecutive season.

Gahanna scored 56 points at district to place 13th behind champion UA (522) as 27 teams scored.

Maddie Rapp placed 11th (339.7) in diving, and Belli, sophomore Annie Devaney, junior Allison Mason and sophomore Kirstyn Thomas finished 12th in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.62.

•The boys team scored 13 points at district to place 22nd behind champion UA (435) as 26 teams scored.

Dillon Wagoner placed seventh (398.1) in diving to miss qualifying for state for the second consecutive season by four positions.

Chris Chang finished 16th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.33 and Josh Vandervort, Chang, Beau Snoad and Jon Chang finished 17th in the 200 medley relay in 1:46.72.

"All of our boys finished with their best times," assistant coach Josh Buergel said. "Jon Chang finally broke a minute in the 100 back (placing 25th in 59.71). Chris Chang swam real well as a senior, and it was important for him to finish on a high note as a senior."