CANTON — The area had only one girls champion in the Division I state swimming meet Feb. 24 at Branin Natatorium, but depth carried the day as central Ohio swimmers had 23 top-eight finishes and four teams placed in the top 11.
In a departure from recent years, Dublin Coffman proved to be the top area team as Upper Arlington’s three-year reign as state champion came to an end.
Ellie Andrews placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 1.09 seconds), Hannah Bailey was third in the 100 butterfly (55.2) and Kristyn Sabol was third in the 200 freestyle (1:49.72) and fourth in the 100 fly (55.2) to lead the Shamrocks, who scored 145 points to finish sixth behind champion Mason (236) as 55 teams scored.
Coffman’s 200 free relay (1:34.9) and 200 medley relay (1:43.59) each placed fourth.
“I just wanted to go as hard as I could and wanted to have a fun time,” Andrews, a freshman who also was on the 200 medley relay, said of her 100 breast race. “I felt pretty good.”
UA finished seventh (122) and New Albany and Olentangy Liberty tied for 10th (84).
UA’s Dakota Elliott gave the area its only title when she repeated as 200 individual medley champion, winning in 1:58.78. Elliott, a Pittsburgh recruit, also placed second in the 500 free (4:52.78) and helped the 200 medley relay finish fifth (1:44.31).
“I just pushed myself in the final 100 (yards) because that’s where everyone tends to fall off. Then I saw I was ahead and just told myself I had to bring it home,” Elliott said. “I couldn’t feel anything. My body was dead.”
Liberty’s Rachel Peroni placed second in the 100 fly (54.68) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (55.62), one spot behind teammate Kate Saczawa (55.6).
Other top-eight finishers were turned in by Westerville North’s Janessa Mathews in the 100 breast (1:01.6, third), UA’s 200 medley relay (1:45.27, fifth), Watkins Memorial’s Gabrielle Brust in the 100 fly (55.33, fifth), New Albany’s 200 free relay (1:35.34, fifth) and 400 free relay (3:30.26, seventh), Liberty’s 200 free relay (1:36.61, sixth), Bailey in the 100 breast (1:03.76, seventh), Hilliard Darby’s Lexie McDonald in the 100 free (51.81, eighth), Pickerington North’s Kelsey Morgan in the 100 breast (1:03.86, eighth), Olentangy’s Bridget Parker in the 200 IM (2:05.04, eighth) and 500 free (5:02.83, eighth) and UA’s Kendra Sheehan in the 100 free (51.84, eighth).