No members of the Rey-noldsburg High School boys and girls swimming teams qualified for the Division I state meet, but the Raiders left the district meet on Feb. 19 at Ohio State feeling good about their performances.

No members of the Rey-noldsburg High School boys and girls swimming teams qualified for the Division I state meet, but the Raiders left the district meet on Feb. 19 at Ohio State feeling good about their performances.

The Raiders are hoping their appearance at district this season is a sign of greater success in the future, as neither the boys nor girls teams scored at district.

Upper Arlington won both the boys championship (432.5 points) and the girls title (505), with 23 teams scoring in both meets.

Andrew Templeman was 22nd in the 500-yard freestyle (5 minutes, 13.22 seconds) and 26th in the 200 individual medley (2:10.68). Josh Dorsett was 30th (53.22) in the 100 freestyle, and Chad Kilpatrick and Connor Svoboda joined Dorsett and Templeman on the 200 medley relay that finished 24th (1:59.93) and the 200 free relay that was 25th (1:44.09).

"I wanted to drop some time in my events, but I was also just happy to make it here," Dorsett said. "Overall, I'm pretty happy with how I did."

The girls 200 free relay of Jessica Anderson, Meghan Crawford, Sarah Kohs and Sarah McBane finished 28th (1:59.26).

The top three finishers in each swimming event for both the boys and girls meets automatically qualified for the state meet on Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26, at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 11 at-large state berths were awarded based on statewide times.

"The boys and girls dropped time and had good splits in their relays," coach Susan Tonjes said. "So, all in all, we ended the season on a high note, and I was happy about that."

Though the Raiders did not advance anybody to state, it was still a successful season. They advanced individuals and relays to district, which was one of their primary goals. In addition, Tonjes saw all of her swimmers drop time in their respective events over the course of the season.

Considering that most of the swimmers are expected to return, the Raiders could have higher expectations next year.

"We do have high hopes for next year based on how this year went," Tonjes said. "I think next year looks really promising."

The Raiders competed at the sectional Feb. 12 at Upper Arlington. The boys team scored five points to finish 14th of 17 teams, behind champion Upper Arlington (414)

The girls did not score at the 19-team meet as Upper Arlington won the title (416).

All of the Raiders who competed at district were at-large qualifiers.

At the OCC-Ohio Division meet on Jan. 29, the boys finished fifth (90) behind Pickerington North (337), Gahanna (284), Grove City (190), and Lancaster (174), and ahead of Pickerington Central (26) and Newark (12).

The girls were seventh (60) behind North (354), Gahanna (225), Central (193), Grove City (178), Lancaster (133) and Newark (69).

Anderson is the only senior. The rest of the swimmers are expected to return.

Among the top priorities for Tonjes in the offseason are to recruit more athletes and to create a middle school program. She tried to do the latter this past offseason but was unable to find enough pool time.

"We tried to do it this year, but a few things got in the way," Tonjes said. "We'll see if it's feasible for next year. The main thing is we want to grow a bit each year, and we're trying to build a more seasoned program. Having a middle school program would help."

The fact that Reynoldsburg had its largest group of district qualifiers this season has the Raiders looking forward to what the future may bring.

"We have a shortage in numbers, so it can be tough," Dorsett said. "I'm just happy that a bunch of people dropped time, and happy that we were able to get so many (to district)."