Led by Jared Higdon, the Westerville South High School boys swimming and diving team finished first in a Division I sectional meet Feb. 9 at Thomas Worthington.
The senior won the 100-yard butterfly in a meet-record 51.99 seconds and finished first in the 100 backstroke (56.34). He is seeded first in the 100 fly and eighth in the 100 back for the district meet Saturday, Feb. 16, at Ohio State.
The winner of each swimming event at sectional qualified for district.
In addition, 27 at-large district berths were awarded in each swimming event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until district.
At district, the top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to the state meet Feb. 21-23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top three boys divers and top four girls divers at district advance to state.
South, which also won the 400 free relay (3:20.87), scored 216 points in the 11-team sectional to finish ahead of Thomas (208.5), New Albany (201.5), Delaware (181), Worthington Kilbourne (150), Mount Vernon (97), Gahanna (88), Northland (81), Teays Valley (43), Newark (12) and Watkins Memorial (4).
The girls team placed sixth (107) of 11 teams at sectional, behind host Thomas (311), New Albany (239), Delaware (187), Gahanna (163) and Kilbourne (120) and ahead of Watkins Memorial (103), Big Walnut (76), Teays Valley (26), Northland (14) and Newark (8).
North girls place third in sectional
The North girls team placed third (134) in the 12-team sectional meet Feb. 9 at Upper Arlington, behind UA (463) and Watterson (185) and ahead of Westerville Central (106), Pickerington North (104), Reynoldsburg (91), Pickerington Central (89), Grove City (35), Canal Winchester (29), Lancaster (26), Whetstone (20) and Central Crossing (18).
The Warriors' highest finish was turned in by their 200 medley relay, which placed third (1:54.83).
The boys team tied Grove City for fifth (105) of 12 teams at sectional, behind host UA (351), St. Charles (263), Westerville Central (129), Pickerington North (123) and ahead of Lancaster (67), Pickerington Central (56), Whetstone (36), Central Crossing (24), Canal Winchester (21) and Reynoldsburg (12).
Mason Miller won the 100 free (47.6) and placed second in the 50 free (21.9). He is seeded first at district in the 100 free and second in the 50 free.
Thompson, Brooks lead Central at sectional
Led by Sally Thompson, the Central girls team placed fourth in the UA sectional.
The senior won the 50 free (25.32) and is seeded second in the event at district. She also advanced in the 100 free (54.85) and is seeded sixth in that event.
The Warhawks placed second in the 200 free relay (1:44.16) and 400 free relay (3:48.98).
The boys team finished third in the UA sectional.
Jon Brooks placed third in the 100 fly (54.5) and the 200 free (1:31.12) and 400 free (3:19.11) relays both placed second.