The Reynoldsburg High School boys and girls swimming team's final meet of the season was full of positive moments.

The Reynoldsburg High School boys and girls swimming team's final meet of the season was full of positive moments.

At the Division I district meet last Saturday in Ohio State, each of the Raiders' four relays dropped time after their performances at the Upper Arlington sectional meet on Feb. 13.

In addition, although sophomore Andrew Templeman swam six seconds slower in the 500-meter freestyle than he did at sectional, his 27th-place finish (5 minutes, 29.93 seconds) was three places better than he finished at district a year ago.

"We raced well," coach Susan Tonjes said. "Andrew went back up to where he had been swimming before the sectional because maybe he got a little bit more nervous, but all of our relays dropped several seconds and all of their splits were good. There were a lot of personal-bests."

Neither the boys nor girls teams scored at district. St. Charles (399.5) edged Upper Arlington (399) for the boys title and UA (472) easily won the girls championship, finishing well ahead of runner-up Watterson (286).

Also for the boys team at district, the 200 medley relay of seniors Ryan Max and Matt Nofziger, Templeman and freshman Josh Dorsett was 21st (1:56.2), the 200 free relay of Max, Nofziger, senior Sean Tennant and freshman Connor Svoboda was 26th (1:47.91) and the 400 free relay of Dorsett, Svoboda, Templeman and Tennant finished 25th (4:14.08).

The top three finishers in each swimming event automatically qualified for the state meet, which began last Wednesday and runs through Saturday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Eleven at-large berths per swimming event also were awarded based on times statewide.

The boys team will lose Max, Nofziger and Tennant, but expects to return Dorsett, Svoboda and Templeman as well as junior Zach Newell.

The girls 400 free relay of senior Jordan Ashwood, junior Jessica Anderson and sophomores Courtney Faller and Sarah McBane took 28th (4:27.47).

The Raiders will lose Ashwood to graduation but expect to return Anderson, Faller and McBane as well as sophomore Meghan Crawford.

"We were working so hard all week, and we left it all in the pool," said Ashwood, who competed at district on relays for the third consecutive season. "It was fun to see all of the competition that's out there."

The boys team scored 105 points to take fifth in the seven-team OCC-Ohio Division meet Jan. 30 behind champion Gahanna (314). Templeman finished third in the 500 free (5:42.73) and fifth in the 200 free (2:02.23). The 400 free relay (4:20.74) and the 200 free relay (1:51.44) each finished fifth. Dorsett was seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:36.03) and eighth in the 100 free (59.13) and Ryan Max was ninth in the 50 free (25.83) and ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.64).

The girls finished last (49) in the OCC-Ohio as Pickerington North (325) won. Ashwood was seventh in the 100 breast (1:22.43) and eighth in the 200 IM (2:42.09). Faller finished eighth in the 100 butterfly (1:12.89).

At the sectional meet, Templeman finished 23rd in the 500 free (5:23.83) and the 200 free relay (25th, 1:47.88), the 400 free relay (26th, 4:18.29) and the 200 medley (24th, 2:02.92) all advanced for the boys team and the 400 free relay (28th, 4:33.39) qualified for the girls squad.

"I feel like all of our hard work fell into place," McBane said. "We've got to get our numbers up. Sometimes when I go to the pool, people are like, 'You have a team?' We've just got to get the word out."

Tonjes completed her first season as coach after taking over for Bob Wilson, who coached the program the last 14 years.

With just eight swimmers eligible to return between the two teams, recruiting new competitors is among Tonjes' biggest offseason goals.

"Hopefully we'll be able to get some new people from the junior high, and I know the kids have been talking to some other kids about being on the team," Tonjes said. "I also want to get a plan in place to increase their preseason training to get them more in shape before the season.

"We really need to push our numbers up. The boys numbers were down this year, too, but we only had five girls, and it's hard to schedule meets with that few of girls."

At a glance

•Finishes: Boys -- Fifth (105) in the OCC-Ohio, 13th (seven) in sectional, did not score at district; Girls -- Seventh (49) in the OCC-Ohio, did not score at sectional, did not score at district

•Seniors lost: Boys -- Ryan Max, Matt Nofziger and Sean Tennant; Girls -- Jordan Ashwood

•Key returnees: Boys -- Josh Dorsett, Zach Newell, Connor Svoboda and Andrew Templeman; Girls -- Jessica Anderson, Meghan Crawford, Courtney Faller and Sarah McBane