CANTON - While her teammates on the Upper Arlington High School girls swimming and diving team celebrated winning the 200-yard freestyle relay in the Division I state meet that concluded Feb. 25 at Branin Natatorium, senior Jessica Miller kept a close eye on the scoreboard.

CANTON - While her teammates on the Upper Arlington High School girls swimming and diving team celebrated winning the 200-yard freestyle relay in the Division I state meet that concluded Feb. 25 at Branin Natatorium, senior Jessica Miller kept a close eye on the scoreboard.

Miller had to make sure that she, freshman Gracie Long, sophomore Jenny Smith and senior Gabby Veri actually had finished first in the event with a time of 1 minute, 34.68 seconds.

"I didn't believe at first that we won," Miller said. "I had to double check it and triple check it. This means the world to me. I am a senior and this is my last event of high school, so it's incredible to go out winning a state title."

The Golden Bears won three events on their way to capturing their eighth consecutive state championship and ninth overall with 300.5 points. Cincinnati Ursuline (233) was second, with Cincinnati Turpin (140), Centerville (134) and Watterson (132) rounding out the top five.

With the state title already secured, UA closed the meet with Long, senior Lauren Comer, Smith and Veri winning the 400 free relay in a state-record 3:24.24. The previous mark of 3:25.69 was set by Toledo Notre Dame Academy in 2000.

"Every one of these state titles is special in its own way," coach Dan Peterkoski said. "We saw a lot of growth and a lot of maturity out of these young people this year. That makes this one special."

"It's really exciting," said Long, who won the 100 free (50.71). "There's great competition here. I can't wait until next year."

UA started the finals by placing second in three of the first five events, as Comer, seniors Beth Long and Claire Van Fossen and Miller were runners-up in the 200 medley relay (1:45.15) behind Ursuline (state record 1:42.51), Comer was runner-up in the 200 individual medley (2:01.74) and Van Fossen was second in the 100 butterfly (55.75).

"We have six seniors here and this is the last time we're swimming together," said Comer, who finished second (2:04.85) at state in the 200 IM as a sophomore and sixth (2:06.24) last season. "This is my fourth year here, so I know what to do here. It's a routine for me. I did what was in my mind, basically."

"We're not winning a lot of events, but we're so deep," said Van Fossen, who also placed second in the 100 fly (56.69) last year.

"Our second- and third-string girls are standing on the podium and scoring points for our team. That's a great feeling."

In all, UA had 10 top-eight finishes in individual events. The others reached the awards podium were Gracie Long in the 200 free (1:49.78, tied for third), Miller in the 200 free (1:53.54, eighth), Smith in the 500 free (4:57.4, fourth) and 200 IM (2:04.97, seventh), Veri in the 50 free (23.84, fifth) and 100 free (51.68, fourth) and sophomore Elizabeth Weldon in the 500 free (5:07.18, eighth).

Also scoring points were junior Julie Dierker in the 500 free (5:04.62, 11th), freshman Alexandra Hedden in the 100 free (100 free, 53.22, 14th), freshman Emma Lammers in the 100 fly (58.41, 15th), junior Sarah Mamo in the 200 IM (2:09.26, 13th), senior Emmie Piscopo in diving (414.8, 14th) and Van Fossen in the 100 backstroke (57.19, 10th).

Also competing at state were junior Emily Annen in the 100 fly (58.52, 19th), sophomore Jamie Krupp in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.05, 20th), Beth Long in the 100 breast (1:06.96, 18th), Mamo in the 100 breast (1:07.14, 21st), Miller in the 500 free (5:10.05, 17th) and Weldon in the 200 free (1:56.54, 21st).

Peterkoski said the Bears put themselves in position to win another state championship by performing well in the preliminaries on Feb. 24.

"We always look at that prelim session as one of the most important parts of the state meet," he said. "If we don't take care of our jobs there, we can't do anything in the finals."