After competing in the OCC-Central Division meet Jan. 28 at Thomas Worthington, Central Crossing High School swimmers should know what to expect in the Division I sectional Feb. 11 at Upper Arlington.

After competing in the OCC-Central Division meet Jan. 28 at Thomas Worthington, Central Crossing High School swimmers should know what to expect in the Division I sectional Feb. 11 at Upper Arlington.

Last year in the boys district meet, OCC-Central squads UA (first, 432.5 points), Thomas (fourth, 161), Dublin Coffman (fifth, 140) and Worthington Kilbourne (ninth, 97) placed in the top 10, while the UA (first, 505), Thomas (third, 201) and Coffman (fifth, 165) girls were in the top five at district.

"The OCC-Central's like murderer's row," Comets coach Robert Boggs said. "(Competing here) allows the kids to see some of the best swimmers in central Ohio. It shows them where they need to be. The whole thing is a teachable experience."

Central Crossing and Grove City will compete at sectional with UA, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Pickerington Central, Pickerington North, Reynoldsburg, St. Charles, Westerville Central, Westerville North and Whetstone.

In the OCC-Central meet, the Comets boys finished sixth (65) behind champion UA (463), Thomas (209), Kilbourne (192), Coffman (169) and Hilliard Darby (127) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (0). Westland doesn't have a swimming program.

Senior Kyle Dyer placed 11th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1 minute, 6.11 seconds and joined juniors Curtis Yohman, Tyler Smith and Jordan Messisco on the seventh-place 200 medley relay (1:56.98). Dyer, junior Canyon Wilder, Smith and Messisco were fifth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:42.14) and Dyer, sophomore Zach Aleman, Yohman and Messisco were eighth in the 400 free relay (3:53.88).

Smith also placed 10th in the 50 free (25.53) and 12th in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.67).

"This kind of shows me where I am at. I know it's almost the end of the season. I know if I do well here, I am going to do well at the sectionals," Dyer said.

The girls team finished seventh (52) behind UA (467), Thomas (245), Coffman (201), Davidson (150), Kilbourne (96) and Darby (79).

Freshman Emily Donovan finished 11th in the 100 back (1:07.76) and joined juniors Molly Lalonde, Laura Kruczynski and Jessy Holmes on the seventh-place 200 medley relay (2:13.22). Holmes, Lalonde, junior Samantha Peterson and Donovan were seventh in the 200 free relay (1:59.65).

The Comets compete in the Upper Arlington Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 4, and return to UA a week later for sectional. The winner of each sectional swimming event qualifies for the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths will be awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until the district meet.

"Our eyes are on sectionals," Boggs said. "We're still training hard and still improving. (We used) the OCCs as a way of fine-tuning what we're going to do at sectionals."

•The OCC-Ohio meet Jan. 28 at Thomas served as an introductory postseason course for Grove City's freshmen and other newcomers.

The Greyhounds boys finished fourth (151) behind champion Pickerington North (365), Gahanna (227) and Lancaster (211) and ahead of Reynoldsburg (116), Pickerington Central (80) and Newark (5). The girls were fourth (198) behind Gahanna (241), North (238.5) and Central (220) and ahead of Reynoldsburg (174.5), Lancaster (126) and Newark (1).

OCC-Ohio member Groveport doesn't have a swimming program.

"It's great for the younger swimmers who haven't had the experience of a championship meet," Grove City coach Alex Drake said. "For most of our kids, this is the first time they've gotten a chance to swim in that kind of atmosphere with that much cheering and that much excitement."

Senior Ashley Miller was first in the 500 free (5:38.12) and second in the 200 free (2:05.51), one spot ahead of freshman Margo Leist (2:11.4).

Junior Taylor Camp was third in the 100 free (59.33). Miller, sophomore Dannielle Brinser, Leist and Camp were second in the 400 free relay (4:05).

For the boys team, junior Jack Bailey placed second in the 100 free (50.58) and third in the 200 free (1:52.76). Bailey, senior Noah Colburn, junior Chase Stock and sophomore Jacob Bailey took second in the 200 free relay (1:39.33).

"More than half of our swims were lifetime bests, which is incredible because we haven't started resting yet. We had some great swims just from the excitement and the adrenaline flowing," Drake said. "We're trying to peak at sectionals, so we're going to start bringing down the yardage and letting the muscles rebuild."