Senior Sarah Behrent of the Hilliard Davidson High School girls swimming team wondered who would be calling her at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 18 when her cellphone started ringing.

Senior Sarah Behrent of the Hilliard Davidson High School girls swimming team wondered who would be calling her at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 18 when her cellphone started ringing.

It turned out to be her teammate, senior Sara Byrd, with news that couldn't wait until morning. Not only had Behrent secured an at-large berth in the 100-yard butterfly for the Division I state meet, but the 200 medley relay of junior Erin Brooks, freshman Felicia Fantin, Behrent and sophomore Megan Schmalenberger also had qualified.

The top two finishers in each swimming event in the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State qualified for the state meet, which will be held 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.

"Sara stayed up by the computer (studying the other districts' results) and calculated it out," said Behrent, who placed seventh in the 100 fly in a program-record 57.74 seconds at district. "It's going to be so much better just to have that support system there (at state) and have everyone there cheer you on. I'm going to have a lot more friends to hang out with."

Last season, Behrent finished 23rd (59.69) in the 100 fly at state. The only other Hilliard swimmer to compete at state a year ago was Bradley senior Kaitlyn Goldsmith, who finished 22nd in the 50 freestyle (25.28) as a junior after finishing 24th (25.38) as a sophomore in 2010.

In addition to Behrent in the 100 fly and the Davidson girls 200 medley relay, Hilliard will be represented at state by Darby sophomore Hunter Cook, who made the boys meet in the 500 free and 200 individual medley.

Cook finished third in the 500 free in a program-record 4:42.36 and sixth in the 200 IM in 1:56.34. He is seeded 17th at state in the 200 IM and 20th in the 500 free.

Last season at district, Cook finished fourth in the 500 free (4:44.41) and had one of the top 24 times in the state meet but was denied a trip to state by an automatic qualifier.

"Last year kind of sucked, but it also motivated me," he said. "It was definitely in the back of my mind the whole time."

In the girls district meet, Davidson finished 15th with 51 points behind champion Upper Arlington (522), as Darby finished 21st (11) and Bradley came in 24th (7). In the boys meet, Darby finished 11th (85) behind champion UA (435), with Bradley finishing 21st (15).

The Davidson boys team did not have any district qualifiers.

Behrent is seeded 21st at state in the 100 fly behind defending champion Maddie Martin of Pickerington Central (54.72). Central Ohio had six swimmers receive at-large berths in the event.

The 200 medley relay, which coach Brian Dickmann believes is the first relay team from Hilliard to make it to state, finished seventh at district in a program-record 1:51.84 and is seeded 24th at state.

"A lot of us swam club together for a long time, so we were going, 'Let's do this. This is our final chance at everything,'" Behrent said.

Bradley, which moved up to Division I this season after competing in Division II the past two seasons, does not have any state qualifiers.

The Jaguars were led at district by Goldsmith, who finished 11th in the 50 free (25.21) and 16th in the 100 free (54.95), and sophomore Jon Satre, who was 11th in the 200 free (1:48.37) and ninth in the 500 free (4:55.20).

"Overall from top to bottom, we swam out of our minds," said Dickmann, who coaches all three Hilliard programs. "We came in here, we were prepared and everyone swam very fast. I can't be any happier."