The Hilliard Davidson High School boys swimming and diving team has returned four of its five state qualifiers and has added new talent and depth.

The Hilliard Davidson High School boys swimming and diving team has returned four of its five state qualifiers and has added new talent and depth.

Leading the way is senior Alex Waldron, who finished 19th in the 100-yard backstroke (52.5 seconds) in the Division I state meet last season at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

He joined classmates Keith Serafy and Brian Long and junior Joel Serafy to finish 19th in the 200 medley relay (1:39.21) at state. The Serafy brothers and Long also were on the 20th-place 200 freestyle relay (1:29.58) with 2015 graduate Bradley Bowers.

Davidson has 19 members on its roster, with a good mix of returnees and newcomers. There are five seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and six freshmen.

"Alex is a two-time state qualifier in the 100 back and a two-time all-state performer," said coach Brian Dickmann, who oversees the boys and girls teams for all three Hilliard schools. "He also was a member of the state-qualifying 200 medley and 200 free relay.

"Keith is the (defending OCC-Central Division) champion in the 50 free and was a district qualifier in the 50 and 100 free in addition to being on the state-qualifying 200 medley and 200 free relay. Brian also swam the 50 and 100 free at district and on the two state relays. In addition the state relays, Joel competed in the 100 (butterfly) and 500 free at district."

Waldron set the program record in the 100 back (51.52) at district at Ohio University, as did the 200 medley relay (1:37.98) and the 200 free relay (1:28.41). Waldron was replaced by Bowers in the 200 free relay lineup at state.

Also on the team are seniors Chris Haritos and Kalen Sipl (diver), juniors Tanner Nguyen and Eric Nydegger, sophomores Clay Andree, Benjamin Coons, Tyler Endecott, Alex Hand and Ryan Woodford (diver) and freshmen Dalton Brown, Alex Hartman, C.W. Hess, Emmitt Hoying, Eric Oralov and Philip Tate.

"Endecott is a move-in from New Jersey whose current times will qualify for the district," Dickmann said. "He is a freestyler, as is Brown, who is a club swimmer and Great Lakes YMCA zone qualifier."

Panthers must replace talented graduates

Darby lost a lot of talent to grad-uation.

The Panthers must replace Blake Dickmann, who qualified for state in seven events during his prep career and was a four-time all-state performer, as well as Griffin Jones, another all-state performer.

Dickmann, the son of the coach, is the program record-holder in the 100 fly (50.27), 100 back (51.49), 50 free (22.0), 100 free (47.46) and 200 free (1:43.67). He also was a member of the three record-setting relays.

Dickmann was Darby's lone state qualifier last season, placing 10th in the 100 fly (50.51) and 21st in the 100 back (52.86).

Jones set the program record in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.16) at district and was a member of the record-setting 200 medley relay (1:36.46).

"Last year's graduation class will be hard to replace," coach Dickmann said. "Although Darby has some experience with the top returnees, they don't have nearly the depth they've had in the past several years."

The Panthers have just 10 athletes on the roster, including three district qualifiers in senior Zach Gbur and sophomores Riley Brokaw and Kendall Jones.

Last season at district, Gbur competed in the 100 back (56.04, 13th) and 200 individual medley (2:05.4, 19th) and was on the 200 medley relay (1:38.81, seventh) and 400 free relay (3:24.8, 12th). Brokaw competed in the 500 free (5:22.37, 28th) and was on the 400 free relay and the 200 free relay (1:36.15, 21st), and Kendall Jones was on the 200 free relay.

Also back is senior diver Zach Marquardt, who finished fifth (397.1 points) at district after setting the 11-dive program record (416.4) in the OCC-Cardinal meet.

Marquardt won the OCC-Central title in diving and Gbur was league runner-up in the 100 back.

Also on the roster are seniors Noah Branham, Nathan Knueppel and Ethan Snider, junior Rhys Jones and freshmen Maaz Baig and Luke Snider.

Jaguars have only four athletes

Bradley has only four athletes on its roster, but it did return its lone district qualifier from a year ago in junior Trent Nguyen, who finished 28th in the 100 breast (1:05.68).

The Jaguars also have returned sophomores Aaron Sartin and Alex Ward.

Also on the roster is junior Eric Satre.

"Trent and Aaron will score individual points for Bradley, but obviously depth will prevent them from scoring well as a team," Dickmann said.