There was about 16 hours between the end of the Division I district meet Feb. 18 and when the at-large berths for the state meet were announced the following day.

There was about 16 hours between the end of the Division I district meet Feb. 18 and when the at-large berths for the state meet were announced the following day.

For Morgan McCafferty of the Reynoldsburg High School swimming and diving team, it was well worth the wait.

The freshman became the first Reynoldsburg swimmer to advance to state since 2006 as she finished fifth in the 100-yard backstroke (57.46 seconds). She is seeded 11th.

However, it may have been the lack of free time during the meet that gave McCafferty the boost she needed. The state meet runs runs Thursday, Feb. 23, through Saturday, Feb. 25, at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

"I swam the 200 freestyle relay and I was the last person to go, so I had about 10 minutes to get ready (for the 100 back)," McCafferty said. "My adrenaline was pumping. I was so ready. When they said (for) swimmers (to get) in the water, I was so pumped. I just got in the water and swam my heart out. I did my best and that's all I can do."

Moments earlier, she had been the anchor on the 200 free relay, which placed 10th (1:44.18) with three classmates - Marisa Glusich, Leah Svoboda and DrewAnne Maffett. McCafferty fell short of qualifying in the 100 butterfly, in which she finished 13th (59.99).

"I was kind of tapered but not completely," McCafferty said. "I just am excited about this."

She is only the third Reynoldsburg swimmer to advance to state since 1995. Justin Max qualified in the 100 breaststroke (11th) and 100 butterfly (18th) in 2006.

Beth Lindquist was a two-time state qualifier in diving, placing 17th (232.15 points) in 2002 and 20th (244.9) in 2003.

McCafferty was seeded eighth after placing fifth (59.74) at sectional Feb. 11.

"I can't say we were expecting a 57, but we were hoping for it," coach Stephanie Kiss said. "Her getting that just topped off her goals. She got what she wanted. Her training, her tapering, everything was spot-on this week."

The Raiders scored 46 points and placed 16th as UA (522) won.

Senior Andrew Templeman was 15th in the 500 free (5:05.6) to earn Reynoldsburg's boys their only two points. The boys finished 25th as UA (435) won.

Templeman's time was a school record, one of five the Raiders set at district.

"I could not be happier," Kiss said. "Andrew broke the boys' 500 school record and the girls broke both their relays again. Marisa broke the breaststroke record (1:09.77), and Morgan broke both the butterfly and the backstroke records. Marisa broke the 100 freestyle record (56.79). We had a number of records that went down today for our school. This team performed well."