The Westerville Central High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams will look to carry the momentum of their strong finishes in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet Jan. 25 at Thomas Worthington into a Division I sectional Feb. 8 at the same site.

The Westerville Central High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams will look to carry the momentum of their strong finishes in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet Jan. 25 at Thomas Worthington into a Division I sectional Feb. 8 at the same site.

The girls finished second (197 points) behind Dublin Jerome (403) and ahead of Hilliard Darby (177.5), Westerville North (133), Canal Winchester (119), Westerville South (102.5), Hilliard Bradley (81) and Dublin Scioto (80).

The boys were third (208) behind Darby (258) and Jerome (240) and ahead of Scioto (179), South (171), North (151) and Bradley (62).

"We had a lot of good swims," coach Austin Staab said. "People dropped time in their different events. This is great because we just started resting. We have kids that are dropping times, so I'm expecting a lot more drops for the sectional."

For the girls, freshman Maddy Kramer led Central by finishing first in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 59.9 seconds) and second in the 100 butterfly (1:00.13).

Alex Schuttinger was second in the 50 free (25.68) and 100 backstroke (1:02.89), and Elaine Gray was second in diving (328.95 points). The diving competition was held at New Albany.

Gabe Whitaker, Ross Atchison, Jon Brooks and Josh Dixon opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay (1:40.96) for the boys team.

Brooks was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.08), and Whitaker was third in the 50 free (22.1) and 100 back (55.94).

The Warhawks will compete at sectional with Delaware, Gahanna, Mount Vernon, New Albany, Newark, Northland, Teays Valley, Thomas, Watkins Memorial and Worthington Kilbourne.

The winner of each event qualifies for district the following weekend at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths will be awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until district.

"It's doesn't matter where we go (for sectional), we just have to get top 30 overall between all the sectionals and we'll see where we go from there," Staab said.

Miller leads Northboys in league meet

Mason Miller led the North boys in the league meet, winning the 100 free (46.57) and finishing a close second (21.55) to Jerome's Jack Scott (21.53) in the 50 free.

Scott was second in the 100 free (47.99).

"The 50 was a good time, but he just didn't attack it hard enough," coach Jeff Riegler said. "In the 100, that is a really good in-season time."

Miller is the defending state champion in the 50 free (20.87).

In diving, Jared Iannarino was second (307.95) and Jared Kloos was third (304.15).

Matthew Bernsdorf was third in the 500 free (5:00.11).

For the girls, Kaylee Kendall was third in the 50 free (26.41) and Emily Jeffries was third in the 100 breast (1:13.36).

The Warriors will compete in the Upper Arlington sectional Feb. 8 with Canal Winchester, Central Crossing, Grove City, Lancaster, Pickerington Central, Pickerington North, Reynoldsburg, St. Charles, UA, Westerville South and Whetstone.

"We're right on schedule," said Riegler, who coaches North and South. "Sectional is going to be a blast."

Higdon leads Southboys in league meet

Calvin Higdon led the South boys in the league meet, finishing second in the 100 fly (53.75) and fourth in the 100 free (49.99).

Jeremy Vannest was third in the 100 breast (1:05.74).

For the girls, Libby Stadler was second in the 500 free (5:32.73).

The Wildcats close their regular season against Big Walnut on Friday, Jan. 31, at Westerville Community Center. South then will compete in the UA sectional.