A season after becoming the first member of the Pickerington High School Central girls swimming and diving team to advance to the Division I state meet in seven years, senior Danielle Hulvey is going back for seconds today in Branin Natatorium in Canton.

A season after becoming the first member of the Pickerington High School Central girls swimming and diving team to advance to the Division I state meet in seven years, senior Danielle Hulvey is going back for seconds today in Branin Natatorium in Canton.

She was one of 24 divers to qualify for state last season and went on to finish 16th (323.75 points) behind graduate LeeAnna Hoover (413.95) of Akron Firestone.

This time, Hulvey enters state this year as a district champion and possible contender, but the increased expectations are something she's not letting affect her.

"I guess I'm more relaxed than last year," Hulvey said.

Two divers who should be among her top competition are Upper Arlington senior Taylor Anderson and Dublin Jerome junior Hattie Lamping. At the district meet last Friday at Ohio State, Hulvey scored 444.05 to hold off Anderson (441.1) and Lamping (432.25) for first,

Last year at state, Anderson was fifth (377.35) and Lamping was 12th (341.15).

Hulvey is seeded first for state, which will hold diving today. She is followed by Anderson, Cuyahoga Falls' Haleigh Bartlett (437.3 district score), Lamping, Westerville South's Abby Disabato (424.2) and Olentangy Liberty's Kellie Carmendy (421.55).

Hulvey plans to use the same 11 dives at state that she used at district, including an inward double which has a 2.8 difficulty rating. The dive she finished with last Friday had a 2.5 difficulty.

"I know a lot of the divers in the district, and I knew it was pretty much between me and a couple other people," Hulvey said. "Actually (district) was kind of a bad day for me. My last three dives just happened to be really good that day because they're my favorite dives.

"I'm planning on doing the same dives, maybe just switching my order around a little bit. I'll just whatever I'm comfortable with. (The competition is) something you notice right away because this is the best in Ohio. I'm just kind of like whatever happens, happens."

North will be represented in the swimming portion of the state meet by junior Billy Ross of the boys team and freshman Janel Mathews of the girls team, both in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Ross was 12th (59.8 seconds) at state a year ago and enters the meet this year seeded 16th after placing third (1:00.13) at district last Saturday. Mathews is seeded 13th after turning in a runner-up district finish (1:06.79).

Ross also was fourth in the 200 individual medley (1:59.97) and failed to advance to state by one place.

"(Ross) definitely has always been ready to race," coach Eric McFerin said. "He's definitely looking to improve this weekend. It was his personal-best (at district), so he's right on track.

"I had a little bit of time to talk to Janel at the beginning of the season about her goals and one of her goals was to try and make the state meet. She's definitely been working hard so we put a game plan together. It's great to see it all work out. The biggest thing we're focusing on is swimming our race and doing the best we can do."

At a glance

Below are recent results and the coming schedule for the Pickerington Central and North boys and girls swimming and diving teams:

CENTRAL

Last Friday-Saturday -- Boys: Did not score at Division I district meet at Ohio State. Seth Jones competed in the 100 fly (24th, 59.55); Girls: Finished 14th (46) in 20-team Division I district meet at Ohio State behind champion Upper Arlington (604). Danielle Hulvey advanced to state in diving (first, 444.05). Also competing were Kelsey Culp in the 100 free (20th, 56.29) and 100 back (19th, 1:03.8), Lindsey Inkrott in the 100 back (23rd, 1:04.55), Paige Martin in the 100 breast (13th, 1:09.51) and 100 fly (11th, 1:02.4), the 400 free relay (15th, 3:53.49) and the 200 medley relay (11th, 1:56.57).

Today -- Hulvey will compete in the state meet in Branin Natatorium in Canton.

NORTH

Last Friday-Saturday -- Boys: Finished 14th (61) in 21-team Division I district meet. Billy Ross advanced to state in the 100 breast (third, 1:00.13). Also competing were Charlie Combs in the 50 free (20th, 23.49), Ian Dort in the 200 free (29th, 2:02.06) and 500 free (29th, 5:35.5), Paul Hintz in the 50 free (27th, 24.15) and 100 free (30th, 53.56), Shawn Neal in the 100 breast (1:07.66), Ross in the 200 IM (fourth, 1:59.97), the 200 free relay (15th, 1:34.61), 400 free relay (18th, 3:42.59) and 200 medley relay (sixth, 1:43.11); Girls: Finished 10th (79) in Division I district meet. Janel Mathews advanced to state in the 100 breast (second, 1:06.79). Also competing were Logan Bauer in the 50 free (17th, 25.54), Katey Fisher in the 100 back (12th, 1:01.52) and 100 fly (ninth, 1:00.32), Carlie Focke in the 100 breast (28th, 1:14.97) and 100 fly (19th, 1:04.98), Logan Griffith in the 200 free (22nd, 2:08.02) and 500 free (27th, 5:49.28), Morgan Grodesky in the 50 free (21st, 25.86) and 100 free (26th, 57.88), Mathews in the 200 IM (24th, 2:26.28), Rachel Vacek in the 100 fly (22nd, 1:05.44), the 200 free relay (seventh, 1:42.96), the 400 free relay (14th, 3:52.53) and the 200 medley relay (ninth, 1:53.36).

Friday-Saturday -- At state