After another dominant performance last Saturday at the Division I district meet, the Upper Arlington High School girls swimming and diving team is seeking a fifth consecutive state title.

After another dominant performance last Saturday at the Division I district meet, the Upper Arlington High School girls swimming and diving team is seeking a fifth consecutive state title.

The state meet began with diving last Wednesday and will conclude Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The Bears set four district-meet records and scored 604.5 points last Saturday to finish well ahead of runner-up Watterson (262).

Darcy Fishback had a hand in three of the records. Fishback broke her own meet record set last year in the 100-yard butterfly when she finished first last Saturday in 54.16 seconds. In the 200 medley relay, Maddie Armitage, Nicole Wagner, Fishback and Kayla Hammerberg finished first in a meet-record 1:43.19. In the 200 freestyle relay, Hammerberg, Kristyn Fulcher, Armitage and Fishback won in a meet-record 1:35.

In the 400 free relay, Fulcher, Jenny Warmolts, Kerry Sullivan and Cara Colker-Eybel finished first in a meet-record 3:27.87.

Fishback will be seeking her third state championship in the 100 fly. Winning and setting the meet record were part of her expectation as she looked to defend her state title for the second time.

"(Setting the district meet record) wasn't a goal of mine," Fishback said. "I didn't really think about it. I kind of expected it. But it's cool. I just want to leave central Ohio swimming with a bang and leave my mark."

Fishback won the state championship in the 100 fly (meet-record 58.85) last year as UA scored 419 points, with Cincinnati Ursuline (222) in second. She joined Armitage, Catherine Eitel and Hammerberg to win the 200 medley relay (1:44.47) and Hammerberg, Katie Chin and Armitage to win the 200 free relay (1:35.08).

All three UA relays are seeded first for the state meet and Fishback is seeded first in the 100 fly.

Kristyn Fulcher won the 200 individual medley last Saturday (2:03.3) and is seeded second behind Kettering Fairmont's Abby Galbreath (2:03.08). Abby Chin won the 500 free (4:54.26) and is seeded second behind Cincinnati St. Ursula's Casey Ridge (4:52.41).

•The boys team finished second (428.5) to St. Charles (496), well ahead of third-place Dublin Scioto (154).

Eric Huffman won the 50 free (20.39) and he set the district meet record in winning the 100 free (44.42).

"It's exciting (to return to the state meet)," said Huffman, who is the defending state titles in the 50 free (20.77) and 100 free (45.23). "My (50 free) time was not very good so that's disappointing. Hopefully it will be faster next week since I'll be fully rested."

Huffman is seeded first for the state meet in both events.

Huffman joined John Spangler, Tommy Dickhaut and Zach Kelch to win the 400 relay (meet-record 3:07.22). Kelch also won the 200 free (1:42.27) and 500 free (4:35.5). Kelch is seeded sixth in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free.

"Eric and Zach are extremely focused on standing at the top of the podium in Canton and will race like crazy to meet that end," coach Jeff Stewart said. "Likewise, all three of our relays are in position to score at a higher level than last year. We have the folks in place, now we just have to deliver on the potential."

Christian Holstein won diving at district with 556 points.

Last season UA finished fourth (146) at state behind champion St. Charles (266).

At a glance

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


Tommy Dickhaut: 500 free (4:48.23, third, seeded 21st); Christian Holstein: diving (556, first, first); Eric Huffman: 50 free (20.39, first, first); 100 free (44.42, first, first), Zach Kelch: 200 free (1:42.27, first, sixth), 500 free (4:35.5, first, fourth); John Lowrey: 100 fly (52.25, fifth, 14th); John Spangler: 200 free (1:43.58, fourth, 16th); 200 medley relay (1:35.95, second, fourth); 200 free relay (1:29.37, second, 15th); 400 free relay (3:07.22, first, first)

Others who competed were:

Alex Chin: 200 IM (2:03.33, ninth), 100 back (55.54, seventh); Charlie Coons: 50 free (23.3, 18th); Ryan Cutler: 200 free (1:48.57, eighth), 500 free (4:50.12, fifth); Adam Dodson: 50 free (23.56, 22nd), 100 free (52.53, 22nd); Tommy Dickhaut: 100 breast (1:03.19, ninth); Nick Eisenman: 100 back (58.1, 14th); Mikey Huntley: 100 fly (55.8, 12th), 100 back (58.65, 16th); David Kuhar: 200 free (2:08.35, 16th), 100 breast (1:03.77, 11th); John Lowrey: 100 free (49.26, 12th); Cris Miranda: 50 free (22.85, 12th), 100 fly (53, sixth); Sean Neri: 200 free (1:50.35, 18th), 500 free (4:49.28, fourth); Patrick Nida: diving (247.8, 13th); Victor Pataky: 100 breast (1:05.36, 15th); Adam Rabe: 200 IM (2:00.76, fifth), 100 breast (1:02.24, seventh); Dan Schaefer: diving (268.5, 10th); John Spangler: 100 free (48.28, eighth); Danny Trotier: 200 IM (2:03.77, 11th), 100 back (55.71, eighth)


Taylor Anderson: diving (441.1, second, second); Maddie Armitage: 50 free (23.86, fifth, eighth), 100 back (57.35, fifth, seventh); Cara Colker-Eybel: 200 IM (2:08.43, fifth, 16th), 100 breast (1:04.42, fourth, 21st); Lauren Comer: 200 free (1:55.34, fifth, 22nd); Abby Chin: 200 IM (2:04.47, second, third), 500 free (4:54.26, first, second); Darcy Fishback: 100 fly (54.16, first, first), 500 free (4:59.55, third, ninth); Kristyn Fulcher: 200 IM (2:03.30, first, second), 500 free (4:56.18, second, fourth); Kayla Hammerberg: 50 free (23.66, third, fifth), 100 free (51.47, second, fourth); Kerry Sullivan: 100 fly (56.29, second, fourth), 100 back (57.01, fourth, fourth); Gabby Veri: 200 free (1:53.23, fourth, 12th), 100 free (52.76, fourth, 15th); Kate Van Fossen: 100 fly (56.72, third, seventh); Nicole Wagner: 200 IM (2:09.5, sixth, 19th), 100 breast (1:06.85, third, 14th); Jenny Warmolts: 200 free (1:51.99, second, seventh), 100 back (56.56, second, second); 200 medley relay (1:43.19, first, first); 200 free relay (1:35, first, first); 400 free relay (3:27.87, first first)

Others who competed were

Lauren Comer: 100 free (54.33, eighth); Beth Long: 50 free (26.01, 23rd), 100 breast (1:07.62, eighth); Jessica Miller: 200 free (1:56.76, seventh), 50 free (24.82, ninth); Maria Paskell: diving (406.8, eighth); Kate Eastwood: 100 breast (1:09.44, 11th); Emmie Piscopo: diving (416.3, sixth); Jordan Russell: diving (407.5, seventh); Amy Trace: 500 free (5:10.33, seventh); Claire Van Fossen: 100 fly (1:02.95, 13th), 100 back (1:01.51, 11th); Kate Van Fossen: 100 free (55.03, 11th)