Already an accomplished club competitor, New Albany High School's David Dinsmore made a considerable splash in his first prep season as well, and it culminated for the freshman when he stood on the podium during the Division I state swimming and diving meet.

Already an accomplished club competitor, New Albany High School's David Dinsmore made a considerable splash in his first prep season as well, and it culminated for the freshman when he stood on the podium during the Division I state swimming and diving meet.

He totaled 441.25 points on 11 dives during the finals to place eighth Feb. 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton as two other central Ohioans joined him on the podium. Hudson's Alex Obendorf captured the title (510.65) while Dublin Jerome's Grant Saale finished fourth (474.2) and district-champion Hunter Atha of Worthington Kilbourne was fifth (468.15).

"Getting the (six-dive school) record (306.65) earlier this year (to break Gabe Dixson's 2009 mark) was great," Dinsmore said. "Getting on the podium in Canton, that's even better."

Dinsmore, who has qualified for the springboard and platform competitions in the U.S. Olympic trials in June in suburban Seattle, admits that he's still working to improve his takeoffs and jumps. That's why he was especially pleased with the results he saw on a reverse half-pike at state.

"I've been having trouble with takeoffs on that one," Dinsmore said. "But I posted a decent score and that really helped me."

As Dinsmore's prep career is just taking off, seniors Chase Honeycutt and Frederick Jenny concluded theirs during the state swimming finals Feb. 25. Honeycutt placed ninth in the 50-yard freestyle (21.49 seconds) and Jenny was ninth in the 100 breaststroke (58.37). They both improved on the state-qualifying times they posted a week earlier in the district meet at Ohio State, and both won the consolation final at state.

"I was real happy when I touched the wall, looked up and saw my time," Honeycutt said. "The finals, they were pretty intense. I just wanted to race and go after it. I was determined, and I left everything I had in the pool. It's pretty cool to win your last high school race."

Honeycutt and Jenny also competed with the 200 free relay that did not advance to the finals but finished 19th (1:28.45) and 400 free relay that was disqualified during the preliminaries Feb. 24.

John Angell and Phillip Smoyer also swam on the relays for the Eagles, who scored 29 points to tie Westerville Central for 19th behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (297.5).

The girls team was represented by Elly Gleason, Taylor Berend, Haley McLellan and Stephanie Jones in both the 200 free relay and 400 free relay. The 200 free relay placed 16th (1:39.94) and the 400 free relay was 22nd (3:43.1).

The Eagles scored two points to tie Mansfield, Miamisburg, Cincinnati Princeton and Toledo Whitmer for 51st place as Upper Arlington (300.5) captured its eighth consecutive championship.

Several New Albany swimmers, Honeycutt included, will be competing in the Senior Meet & Time Trials at Ohio State from Friday, March 2, through Sunday, March 4. The National Club Swimming Association's Junior Nationals will follow March 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

"I've got a couple more club meets coming up," Honeycutt said. "But finishing up high school swimming, it's kind of bittersweet because I've had a lot of fun. It really hit me after my 50 free was over."