CANTON -- The Upper Arlington High School girls swimming and diving team used its depth and a solid performance by Abby Chin to capture its seventh consecutive Division I state championship on Feb. 26 at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.
The Bears scored 286 points to distance themselves from Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (212) and Cincinnati Turpin (188). Watterson (fourth, 143) and Thomas Worthington (13th, 59) were the next two highest finishers from central Ohio.
"This is one of the fastest state meets in the country," UA coach Dan Peterkoski said. "And for a public school to win seven state titles is something special."
Chin captured state titles in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 49.38 seconds and the 500 free (4:48.93). Chin also anchored Gabby Veri, Kayla Hammerberg and Lauren Comer to a state record in the 200 free relay (1:34.12) and a state title in the 400 free relay (3:26.71).
The Bears had at least one competitor in the championship heat of every event but diving and the 100 breaststroke, and they had two swimmers in the championship heat of the 50 free, the 100 free and the 200 free.
Pickerington Central's Maddie Martin was named the swimmer of the meet after she won the 100 butterfly in a state record 53.34 and placed second in the 100 free (50.86).
In the Division I boys meet, central Ohio didn't produce any state champions as Cincinnati St. Xavier (312) captured its 12th state championship in 13 years, finishing ahead of Toledo St. Francis (298) and Upper Arlington (150). New Albany (12th, 64) and St. Charles (16th, 52) were the next two highest finishers from central Ohio.
UA's Adam Rabe, Joey Long, Adam Dodson and Andrew Rabe were second in the 200 free relay (1:25.28) for the area's best finish. UA's Joey Long finished third in the 200 free (1:40.61) and the 500 free (4:34.44).