Peter Campbell and Annie Miller made history for the Wellington School boys and girls swimming and diving teams at the Division II district meet last Friday at Ohio State, as they became the program's first two swimmers to qualify for state.

Peter Campbell and Annie Miller made history for the Wellington School boys and girls swimming and diving teams at the Division II district meet last Friday at Ohio State, as they became the program's first two swimmers to qualify for state.

The swimming portion of the state meet will be held Friday and Saturday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Miller placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 10.32 seconds to automatically qualify for state meet. Campbell finished sixth in the 100 backstroke (55.69) and received an at-large bid.

The top four finishers in each swimming event at district automatically qualified for state.

"I'm pretty excited," Miller said. "I kept looking over (at the other lanes), but I didn't know if I was fourth or fifth."

Miller is seeded 24th at state and Campbell is 21st. The preliminaries will be held Friday, with the top 16 finishers advancing to the finals Saturday.

Also at district, Miller placed seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:16.54).

"I was kind of upset after the 200 IM," she said. "In a lot of the meets, I was racing against someone who was a little slower than me. But this was a lot more exciting and made me want to go even harder."

Campbell, who became the first Wellington swimmer to make the district meet's awards podium last year when he placed eighth in the 100 back, believes the Jaguars will become a fixture at state.

"My sophomore year (when there was just one division for boys), I barely made it to districts (as part of a relay)," said Campbell, a three-time district qualifier. "It was kind of intimidating. There were a lot of fast guys there, but I tried to do my thing.

"Now, I'm more focused on what I can do and not worry about what other people are doing."

Wellington's only other state qualifier was diver Sarah Snyder in 2006.

In the past decade, the Jaguars had only two athletes make the awards podium at district, honoring the top eight finishers in each event.

Last Friday, the Jaguars had nine individuals or relays reach the awards podium.

In addition to Miller in the 100 breast and 200 IM, making the awards podium for the girls team were the 200 medley relay team of Jenna Tugaoen, Miller, Anna Viragh and Abby Postle (2:00.5, eighth), the 400 freestyle relay of Tugaoen, Postle, Gabrielle Ragusa and Miller (3:58.59, fifth) and Tugaoen in the 200 free (2:03.87, sixth) and 100 back (1:02.47, eighth).

In addition to Campbell in the 100 back, making the podium for the boys team was Jon Miller in the 200 IM (2:08.8, eighth) and 100 breast (1:04.26, fifth).

"The first time we got on the awards podium was such a big deal for our team to get up there," Tugaoen said.

"When you're up there, you're thankful all the hard work you put in paid off."

The girls team scored 101 points at district to finish ninth behind champion Hartley (317). The boys team placed 11th (66) behind champion Columbus Academy (216).

•The girls basketball team will need to maintain its composure when it faces fifth-seeded Danville in the second round of the Division IV tournament at 6:15 p.m. today at Licking Heights.

"I know they are going to put pressure on our guards," coach Tysha Crump said. "We have to minimize our turnovers, make the sure pass and take care of the basketball."

Danville opened the tournament with a 62-35 win over Shekinah Christian on Feb. 18. Aubrey Hazen led the Blue Devils with 23 points and Katelyn Walls scored 13.

Seeded seventh, Wellington defeated eighth-seeded Worthington Christian 49-27 in the first round of the tournament on Feb. 18 to improve to 10-9 overall.

Colleen Durfee scored 19 points and Kara Concheck scored 12.

"We were able to stay focused for all four quarters," Crump said.

At a glance

Below are the state qualifiers with district result and state seed for the Wellington boys and girls swimming teams:

Boys -- Peter Campbell: 100 back (55.69, sixth, 21st); Girls -- Annie Miller: 100 breast (1:10.32, fourth, 24th);

Others who competed at district were: Boys -- Nick Bruno: 100 back (1:04.77, 21st); Peter Campbell: 100 free (50.73, ninth); Carter Gill: 50 free (23.19, 10th), 100 free (51.06, 11th); Jon Miller: 200 IM (2:08.8, eighth,); 200 medley relay (1:51.69, 10th); 200 free relay: (1:40.7, 17th); 400 free relay (3:35.25, 10th); Girls -- Casey Fleeter: 100 back (1:11.31, 24th); Annie Miller: 200 IM (2:16.54, seventh); Abby Postle: 200 free (2:18.54, 27th); Jenna Tugaoen: 200 free (2:03.87, sixth), 100 back (1:02.47, eighth); Anna Viragh: 100 fly (1:11.27, 26th); 200 medley relay: (2:00.56, eighth); 200 free relay: (1:57.61, 20th); 400 free relay: (3:58.59, fifth)

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Wellington boys basketball, girls basketball and swimming teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Last Friday -- Defeated Madison Christian 48-40. Terrin Taylor scored 12 points.

Last Tuesday -- Played ninth-seeded Fisher Catholic in first round of Division IV district tournament. Winner plays seventh-seeded Fairfield Christian at 8 p.m. Saturday at Olentangy Liberty. The winner of that contest plays fourth-seeded Grove City Christian or Gilead Christian in a district semifinal at 8 p.m. March 9 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Wellington is the sixth seed.

Of note: The Jaguars were 9-10 overall before last Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Feb. 18 -- Def. Worthington Christian 49-27 in first round of Division IV district tournament. Colleen Durfee scored 19 points and Kara Concheck scored 12.

Today -- At Licking Heights (6:15 p.m.) vs. fifth-seeded Danville in second round of district tournament. Winner plays top-seeded Harvest Prep or Gahanna Christian in a district semifinal at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Westerville Central. The district final is at 7 p.m. March 5 at Westerville Central.

Of note: The Jaguars are 10-9.

SWIMMING

Last Friday -- Boys: Finished 11th (66) behind champion Columbus Academy (216) at Division II district meet at Ohio State; Girls: Finished ninth (101) behind champion Hartley (317)

Friday-Saturday -- At state meet at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Peter Campbell will compete in the 100 backstroke and Annie Miller will compete in the 100 breaststroke.