Connor Richards, a diver for the Hilliard Davidson High School boys swimming and diving team, wasn't about to let a chance to advance to the Division I state meet pass by for a second year.

Connor Richards, a diver for the Hilliard Davidson High School boys swimming and diving team, wasn't about to let a chance to advance to the Division I state meet pass by for a second year.

Richards finished second with 379.8 points behind Upper Arlington's Christian Holstein (556) at the district meet last Saturday at Ohio State. Richards and Jake Miller, who earned an at-large berth after placing sixth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.74 seconds, became the first Davidson boys to make it to the state meet since Andrew Duff finished 24th in diving in 2004.

The meet started last Wednesday and will conclude Saturday in C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

"It's pretty cool," said Richards, who was seeded ninth for state. "I've been working for this for three years.

"Last year I got sick for district, and from what people have told me, I could've made it. It was pretty upsetting but I'm glad I made it this time."

Davidson scored 69 points to place 12th and Darby was 21st (27) behind St. Charles (496) in the boys meet. The Wildcats didn't score and the Panthers placed 18th (20) behind champion Upper Arlington (604) in the girls meet.

Miller had to wait 24 hours to find out he had earned one of the 11 at-large berths for the 50 free. Miller is seeded 20th behind UA's Eric Huffman (20.39).

"I was just really focused. I've never done a better dive in my life. My turn saved me. I only breathed once and brought it home after that," said Miller, who also was ninth in 100 free (48.37). "I went in with a lot of heart and a lot of people behind me."

The Wildcats set four program records -- Miller's performances in the 50 free and 100 free, Emily Thomas in the girls 100 backstroke (1:03.88) and the boys 200 free relay (1:33.13).

"It just seemed like our taper worked really well. The kids came in really prepared and weren't psyched out about competing at Ohio State," coach Joe Cahill said. "I think it's contagious. When someone swims a fast time, everyone else catches that bug."

Although she didn't advance to the state meet, freshman Kaitlyn Goldsmith ended up with a record-setting day for Darby. Goldsmith set program records as she placed 18th in the 100 free (56.15) and 16th in the 100 back (1:03.49). She joined Jennifer Williams, Nicole Valdes, and Emilie Sherwood on the 12th-place 200 medley relay (program-record 1:56.71) and Sherwood, Williams and Alex Caruthers on the 13th-place 400 free relay (program-record 3:51.99).

"This is one of the best meets I've ever been to. I've never been to anything like this," Goldsmith said. "When I got into the water I was so nervous. I had a panic attack before. I got into the water and I went, 'You know what, I can do this.' I was expecting to see a 1:04, but when I saw a 1:03 I was in shock."

Standing out for the boys were Nick Gardner, Jeff Williams, Sam Dignan and Alex Bean in the 200 medley relay (11th, 1:45.9) and Gardner, Dignan, Todd Eiseman and Bean in the 400 free relay (10th, 3:29.62).

"Everyone swam really well today," coach Brian Dickmann said.