After trying most of her career to break one minute in the 100-yard backstroke, senior Claudia Doyle of the Thomas Worthington High School girls swimming and diving team did it twice in a week.

After trying most of her career to break one minute in the 100-yard backstroke, senior Claudia Doyle of the Thomas Worthington High School girls swimming and diving team did it twice in a week.

She finished in 59.13 seconds at the Division I sectional Feb. 14, then last Saturday at district at Ohio State she was third in 56.81. Doyle earned a trip to the state meet, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

"I'm so excited right now," Doyle said. "I didn't think that kind of drop was going to happen at all. I was hoping I could go 58. I was so surprised when I saw that time."

Doyle also earned an at-large berth in the 100 freestyle after placing fifth (53.36) and she joined Lauren Porteus, Margaret Rechel and Carly Davis to advance in the 200 free relay after placing sixth (1:41.41).

"It's kind of funny. This whole season Claudia has been trying to get under a minute," said Jim Callahan, who coaches Thomas and Worthington Kilbourne. "She had a dynamite meet. She works hard and deserves it."

From the boys team, Sam Reeder earned an at-large berth in the 100 free after placing sixth (47.76) and he joined Ford Hannum, Philip Mueller and Tyler Johnson to advance in the 200 free relay, taking fourth (1:30.02).

Thomas was fifth (120) and Kilbourne was 13th (65) behind champion St. Charles (496) in the boys competition. The Cardinals were seventh (93) and Kilbourne was 19th (19) behind champion Upper Arlington (604) in the girls competition.

Hannum's father, Doug, and his uncles, Scott Hannum and Ralph Hannum, were state qualifiers. The 200 free relay dropped four seconds from its sectional time.

"It's such a great accomplishment," said Hannum, a senior who was making his first trip to the district meet. "I never thought of myself as a good swimmer. Now this has happened.

"It's been our focus over the last three years. We were watching the times and we thought, wow, we can actually do this. It was all building up toward the end of the year."

•For the first time since it opened, Kilbourne will not be at the state meet.

Hunter Atha of the boys team came the closest, placing sixth (338.1 points) in diving as the top five advanced.

"For a freshman to miss it by that much is frustrating but it is so impressive," Callahan said. "He's going to be back next year and better than ever."

"It would have been a great honor to go to state as a freshman," Atha said. "But I also play volleyball in the spring and volleyball conditioning (started last Monday) so I would have to miss that."

At a glance

Below are the district results for the Kilbourne boys and girls swimming and diving team:

Boys: Evan Alexander: 200 free (1:55.03, 21st), 100 free (52.69, 26th); Hunter Atha: diving (338.1, sixth); Will Bishop: diving (167.25, 17th); Keeler Callahan: 500 free (5:07.87, 14th), 200 free (1:52.18, 16th); Jack Doran: diving (161.4, 19th); Adam Morrisey: 100 back (1:01.47, 27th); Price Norman: 200 IM (2:04.1, 12th), 100 free (50.57, 16th); Jacob Wood: 500 free (5:21.14, 22nd); 200 medley relay (1:55.01, 21st); 200 free relay (1:32.87, tied for eighth); 400 free relay (3:25.7, eighth); Girls: Erin Cippichio: diving (119.1, 22nd); Brooke Dahn: 200 free (1:59.81, ninth); 500 free (5:29.54, 13th); Victoria Garrett: diving (119.8, 21st); Kristen Jaffe: diving (114.8, 24th); Kayla Neal: 100 breast (1:13.52, 26th); Briana Savage: 100 fly (1:08.44, 30th), 200 IM, (2:25.8, 23rd); Amanda Siroskey: diving (92.65, 27th); 200 medley relay: (2:00.74, 16th); 200 free relay: (1:47.14, 15th)

At a glance

Below are the state qualifiers with district result and state seed for the Thomas boys and girls swimming and diving team:

Boys: Sam Reeder: 100 free (47.76, sixth, seeded 23rd); 200 free relay (1:30.02, fourth, 21st); Girls: Claudia Doyle: 100 back (56.81, third, third), 100 free (53.36, fifth, 22nd); 200 free relay (1:41.41, sixth, 24th),

Others who competed at district were:

Boys: Michael Allison: 100 breast (1:07.89, 24th); Justin Andrade: 100 fly (55.44, 11th), 100 back (58.77, 17th); Tyler Doran: 200 IM (2:08.89, 20th), 100 breast (1:08.34, 25th); George Doyle: 200 free (2:03.12, 30th), 500 free (5:18.89, 20th); Ford Hannum: 50 free (22.52, 10th); Trevor Johnson: 50 free (23.6, 16th); Brian Jones: 100 fly (57.92, 21st); Philip Mueller: 500 free (5:02.76, 12th), 200 IM (2:04.79, 14th); Reeder: 200 free (1:46.57, sixth); Adam Wolf: 200 free (1:58.26, 27th), 500 free (5:19.12, 21st); 200 medley relay (1:45.75, 10th); 400 free relay (3:19.52, fifth); Girls: Jayne Ackerman: diving (187.9, 20th); Katie Allison: 100 breast (1:12.54, 23rd), 100 fly (1:05.85, 25th); Katie Chu: diving (107.45, 26th); Carly Davis: 100 free (57.68, 20th); Madison Girardi: 100 breast (1:14.71, 27th), 50 free, (26.5, 28th); Becca Hammond: 200 free (2:09.77, 24th), 500 free (5:45.21, 22nd); Lauren Porteus: 50 free (25.45, 15th), 100 free (55.15, 14th); Margaret Rechel: 100 free (56.46, 22nd), 200 free (2:02.6, 13th); 200 free (2:11.29, 27th); 200 medley relay: (2:01.71, 17th); 400 free relay: (3:42.72, fifth)