Although they had no one advance to the Division I state meet, the Reynoldsburg High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams closed the season with their best day last Saturday in the district meets at Ohio State.

Although they had no one advance to the Division I state meet, the Reynoldsburg High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams closed the season with their best day last Saturday in the district meets at Ohio State.

For a second consecutive week, coach Bob Wilson had no complaints about the performance by his teams.

"It went very well," Wilson said. "It was really pretty good. We dropped time on every event."

The Raiders competed in a total of seven events, but they did not score on either the boys or girls side. St. Charles won the boys title with 496 points and Upper Arlington won the boys title with 604.5.

Reynoldsburg had just one individual competitor last Saturday, freshman Andrew Templeman, who was 30th in the 500-yard freestyle in in 5 minutes, 35.95 seconds.

"He wanted to go a little bit faster, but he's a freshman and this was a different type of pace," Wilson said. "It's high school in Division I. In that pool there were probably state champions. I think St. Charles is probably going to win (the state title), and Upper Arlington probably will take the girls. When you're dealing with the best in the state, the competition is pretty high."

The highest finish came in the boys 200 medley relay. Jeremy Khang, Ryan Max, Chris Chang and Troy Marshall dropped nearly two seconds off their district time, swimming a 1:53.23 to finish 19th. The same group finished 21st in the 200 free relay in 1:38.88, which was more than a second faster than the district time.

Wilson said the 400 free relay of Templeman, Marshall, Khang and Chang also dropped time, although that relay was disqualified for an illegal exchange.

Chang, who swam on all three relays, said he was satisfied with the time drops he had last Saturday.

"I dropped a second in my butterfly split in the medley relay, and I was pretty satisfied with that when I got out of the water," Chang said. "I got a 23 split on the 200 free relay. I've been trying to get that all season, so I felt like I had accomplished something on that."

On the girls side, the top finish came in the 400 free relay, in which Molly Templeman, Sam Maurine, Jessica Anderson and Jordan Ashwood cut nearly five seconds to finish 22nd in 4:19.24. The Raiders dropped almost three seconds in the 200 medley relay, as Courtney Faller, Ashwood, Templeman and Maurine finished 25th in 2:11.79.

The 200 free relay of Marshall, Faller, Templeman and Ashwood finished 25th in 1:56.67, cutting just more than a second.

Perhaps the biggest success this season was the fact that the Raiders were able to boost their numbers on both the boys and girls side. The boys had just four swimmers last season, but with seven this season they at least were able to compete in every event. The girls team increased in size from eight at the end of last season to 12 this season.

The Raiders will lose four seniors, including three girls. Maurine Templeman swam for four years, and Marshall swam for three. Templeman competed on a district-qualifying relay all four seasons, and Maurine competed on a district-qualifying relay the last two seasons. Marshall swam her freshman, sophomore and senior seasons, competing on a relay at district all three years.

Among the top expected returnees for the girls are Ashwood (junior), Anderson (sophomore) and Faller (freshman).

The boys team will lose Chang, a key member of the team's relays throughout his career. Chang swam on relays at district during three of his four seasons.

The Raiders expect to return three-year letterwinners Khang and Max, along with first-year swimmers Abner Berrios (sophomore), Josh Archer (sophomore), Templeman (freshman) and Troy Marshall (freshman).

At a glance

•Finishes: Boys -- Fifth in OCC-Ohio, 13th at sectional, did not score at district; Girls -- Sixth in OCC-Ohio, did not score at sectional, did not score at district

•Seniors lost: Boys -- Chris Chang; Girls -- Ashley Marshall, Sam Maurine and Molly Templeman

•Key returnees: Boys -- Jeremy Khang, Troy Marshall, Ryan Max and Andrew Templeman; Girls -- Jessica Anderson, Jordan Ashwood and Courtney Faller