Morgan Belli of the Gahanna Lincoln High School girls swimming and diving team did not meet her expectations in the Division I state meet held Feb. 24 and 25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Morgan Belli of the Gahanna Lincoln High School girls swimming and diving team did not meet her expectations in the Division I state meet held Feb. 24 and 25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The sophomore finished 10th in the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 6.06 seconds and placed 11th in the 100 backstroke in 57.21. She had placed fourth in both events at state last season.

"I wasn't happy with it," Belli said. "It wasn't my best time. It didn't beat last year's time (56.21 in the 100 back and 2:04.65 in the 200 IM). I just wasn't happy with it overall.

"I felt a lot of pressure, but being a sophomore, I know I have a lot of time to get better. Even though I didn't make the final heat, I was hoping I could go my best time. If I could do that, I'd be happy."

Belli, who was seeded sixth in the 200 IM and 10th in the 100 back, said she isn't sure if her taper was on target this season.

"It seems like we've been doing the same stuff at practice, but right now I don't feel the same as I did last year," she said. "That's not an excuse for going slower. I am just really not happy with my time."

Belli, who was Gahanna's lone state representative, scored 13 points as the Lions placed 34th behind champion Upper Arlington (300.5) with 55 teams scoring.

"I think her goal was to get her best times," coach Erin Darrah said. "She knows she can't break into the top eight, but getting close to her best times was her goal. I know she has been training so hard all year. She's told me that and her club coach has told me that. It's a matter of putting it all together and finding that mental edge."

Belli's performance capped a season in which the Lions won their first league title since 2008.

Gahanna scored 241 points to win the OCC-Ohio Division meet that concluded Jan. 28 at Thomas Worthington. Pickerington North (238.5) was second, followed by Pickerington Central (220), Grove City (198), Reynoldsburg (174.5), Lancaster (126) and Newark (1). Groveport does not have a swimming program.

Belli won the 100 back in 58.73 and 200 IM in 2:09.27. She also teamed with sophomore Annie Devaney, junior Allison Mason and sophomore Kirstyn Thomas to place third in the 200 freestyle relay (1:47.7) and fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:57.62).

Gahanna scored 120 points and placed fifth in the 11-team sectional meet Feb. 11 at Thomas behind the champion and host Cardinals (262).

Belli led the Lions by winning the 200 IM in 2:11.6 and finishing second in the 100 back in 1:00.21. Mason, Thomas, Belli and Devaney finished fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:57.41 and fifth in the 200 free relay in 1:48.29.

The Lions then scored 56 points and placed 13th in the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State behind champion UA (522) as 27 teams scored.

Belli placed second in the 200 IM in 2:05.2 and fourth (57.3) in the 100 back. Freshman Maddie Rapp placed 11th (339.7 points) in diving, and Belli, Devaney, Mason and Thomas finished 12th in the 200 free relay in 1:44.62.

"Winning the OCC and our swims at sectional and district were big highlights for our girls team," assistant coach Josh Buergel said.

•The boys team finished second (227) in the OCC-Ohio meet behind North (365) and ahead of Lancaster (211), Grove City (151), Reynoldsburg (116), Central (80) and Newark (5).

It was the second consecutive runner-up finish in the OCC-Ohio for the Lions, who won four consecutive league titles from 2007-10.

Senior Chris Chang led the Lions by placing third in the 200 IM (2:10.66). He teamed with his sophomore brother, Jon, senior Beau Snoad and senior Dan Mefford to place third in both the 200 medley relay (1:48.49) and 400 free relay (3:34.48).

The Lions scored 100 points and placed ninth in the 11-team Division I sectional at Thomas behind champion New Albany (254).

Chris Chang finished fourth in the 200 IM (2:10.61) and seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.12), one spot behind Mefford (1:05.97). Sophomore Josh Vandervort, Chris Chang, Snoad and Jon Chang placed sixth in the 200 medley relay (1:50.57). Mefford, Snoad and the Chang brothers finished seventh in the 400 free relay (3:36.16), Jon Chang placed seventh in both the 100 back (1:01.17) and 100 free (52.02) and Mefford finished seventh in the 50 free (23.61).

Gahanna then scored 13 points at district to place 22nd behind champion UA (435) as 26 teams scored.

Senior Dillon Wagoner placed seventh in diving (398.1) to miss qualifying for state by four positions. Chris Chang finished 16th in the 100 breast (1:03.33) and Vandervort, Snoad and the Chang brothers finished 17th in the 200 medley relay (1:46.72).

"Our boys continued to drop their times from meet to meet and they swam their best times in their last meet, which is what you want them to do," Buergel said.