After placing second in diving in the Division II state swimming and diving meet Feb. 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton, Wellington School sophomore Brittany Anderson knows she will have to attempt different dives if she wants to climb that final step on the awards podium.

After placing second in diving in the Division II state swimming and diving meet Feb. 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton, Wellington School sophomore Brittany Anderson knows she will have to attempt different dives if she wants to climb that final step on the awards podium.

A first-time state qualifier, Anderson scored 415.25 points at state to finish behind Wauseon senior Kendall Weber (432.5).

"(When I was standing on the podium), I was just thinking, 'I want to win this next season,'" Anderson said. "(This meet) basically showed me if you're going to win in high school diving, you (can't) do the dives that you do in USA diving and get more into their game.

"High-school style diving and (club) diving are very different. In high school diving, you see a lot of flips (where the diver enters the water feet first). Next year I'm going to work on a lot more flips and twisters because they obviously like that. I want them to see that I'm trying to do their style more than my own."

Anderson and freshman Michael Haring, who placed 17th in boys diving with 234.45 points behind champion Logan Bauer of Botkins (474.05), were Wellington's only representatives at state.

Anderson, who won the district title with 435.2 points Feb. 17 at Ohio State, became the first swimmer or diver for Wellington to reach the awards podium.

"I couldn't be happier with her with her winning the district, going all the way to states and competing with all of these girls who have all been here before," diving coach Lauren Patton said. "It's just awesome. I'm just very proud of her."

Patton also was pleased with Haring, who won the district title with 325.15 points.

Haring missed making the state final by 2.55 points, finishing the semifinal round with 234.45 points as Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit's Cole Francetic (237.6) and Van Wert's Kase Schalois (237.6) secured the final two spots in the final.

The girls team finished 26th at state, which concluded Feb. 24, with 17 points behind champion Gates Mills Hawken (360.5) as 45 teams scored. The boys team didn't score as Hunting Valley University School (237.5) won the title with 57 teams scoring.

"This was a really good experience. I know what it's like now," said Haring, who was one of two freshmen divers competing in the Division II boys meet along with Kettering Alter's Trent Hagenbuch, who finished 10th (364.55). "I wasn't expecting to win a state title or anything like that. I was coming to have fun. I'll definitely train and hopefully do better for next year."

Qualifying for state was an accomplishment in itself for Haring considering that he just picked up the sport two months ago. He said his background in gymnastics helped him win the district title, but he now knows that state is a different level of competition.

"I looked around and went, 'Wow,'" Haring said. "There were all these divers who were really amazing. I've only been doing this for a short amount of time. I am going against guys who are getting scholarships for college because of their diving."

The boys team placed fourth (125) in the five-team sectional meet Feb. 11 at Upper Arlington behind champion Grandview (383) and placed 23rd (24) at district behind champion Granville (325) as 39 teams scored. The girls team was third (287) in the four-team sectional at UA behind Grandview (349) and Centennial (318) and placed fifth (137) at district behind champion Granville (475) as 36 teams scored.

Wellingtons loses two seniors from the boys team in Austin Holland and Cameron Kirk.

Seniors from the girls team are Abby Chester, Brittany Johnson, Abigail Kulewicz, Anna Leone, Paige Price and Kim Roseler.

In addition to Haring, the boys team expects to return a district-qualifying swimmer in sophomore Joe Campbell, who placed 25th in the 500-yard freestyle (5 minutes, 52.5 seconds).

The girls team expects to return four district-qualifying swimmers in junior Annie Miller (fourth in 100 breaststroke, 1:09.76, and seventh in 200 individual medley, 2:17.43), junior Gabrielle Ragusa (30th in 200 IM, 2:44.94), junior Jenna Tugaoen (ninth in 100 free, 55.54, and seventh in 200 free, 2:00.9) and sophomore Abby Fleeter (15th in 100 backstroke, 1:06.32, and 16th in 200 IM, 2:31.76).

•The girls basketball team ended its season with a 46-28 loss to sixth-seeded Fairfield Christian in the second round of the Division IV district tournament on Feb. 24 at Lakewood.

Wellington, which had a first-round bye, finished 7-14.

Fairfield Christian double-teamed and, at times, tripled-teamed senior guard Sophie Knowles, holding her to five points. Senior point guard Aris Troy led the Jaguars with 10 points, followed by junior guard Helen Fite with seven points and sophomore guard Mallory Tannous with six.

"Everyone always keys on Sophie because she is our leading scorer," said coach Bill Mitchin, whose team lost its final four games. "Fairfield Christian did a nice job of denying her, but it opened up things for our other girls. Helen and Mallory started to take advantage of the open shots they were getting."

Fairfield Christian improved to 12-10 and advanced to play Danville in a district semifinal on Feb. 29.

The Jaguars lose two seniors in Knowles, who averaged 12 points, and Troy, who averaged eight points.

"Those two girls have been strong and incredible leaders on the team throughout the season," Mitchin said. "But at the same time, we have got a lot of younger players who received a lot of time this year. I'm really excited to see what they will do next season with the eight girls coming back."

Fite and sophomore forward Donnette Cox, both of whom who averaged five points, lead the list of expected returnees.

Tannous, junior Jalen Perkins (forward/guard), sophomores Nia Kaudo (guard) and Sarah Wakeman (guard) and freshmen Molly Anderson (guard), Carolyn Faller (guard/forward) and Sydney Snow (guard) also should be back next season.

Mitchin, who was hired 10 days before the start of the season and is the Jaguars' third coach in four years, is looking forward to having more time with the team in the offseason.

"I came in sort of late in the process," he said. "The girls had no idea what to expect and there was, understandably, some reluctance to buy into things 100 percent. But to their credit, they tried and they did accept it once they saw the system can work and got used to executing things."

•The boys basketball team played third-seeded Fairfield Christian in the second round of the Division IV district tournament on Feb. 28.

The winner plays fifth-seeded Shekinah Christian or eighth-seeded Fisher Catholic in a district semifinal at 8 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Granville.

The Jaguars, who were 11-8 before playing Fairfield Christian, split with Shekinah Christian, winning 73-47 on Jan. 20 at home and losing 59-31 on Feb. 14 on the road. Wellington did not play Fisher Catholic during the regular season.

The district final is 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Possible opponents include second-seeded Newark Catholic and Gahanna Christian. The Jaguars did not play either in the regular season.