The checklist for the season, and really for the past several years, is now complete for the Grove City High School boys swimming team.

The checklist for the season, and really for the past several years, is now complete for the Grove City High School boys swimming team.

The Greyhounds had breakthrough performances at the OCC-Ohio Division and Division I sectional, and last Saturday they had the best district finish of coach Julie Willis' six-year tenure. They were ninth (77 points) behind champion St. Charles (604.5) and Gus Bailey advanced to state, becoming the first Greyhound to do so.

Bailey qualified in the 100-yard backstroke, in which he is seeded 11th with a time of 53.29 seconds, and in the 50 freestyle, in which he is seeded 19th with a time of 21.72. Bailey had to wait until the next day to find out he had qualified at-large for the 50 free, but he qualified automatically in the 100 back by finishing third at district.

"It was a good feeling and it took a lot of stress off," Bailey said of the 100 back. "Mostly I was tired and in a lot of pain. But it felt good knowing I was going for sure, and I was really happy with my time. It was better than I was expecting."

At the state meet Friday and Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Bailey hopes to cut a bit more time in both events and make the consolation final in the 100 back.

The Greyhounds had a solidday across the board last Saturday, cutting time in all of their relays and most individual events. In total, five events finished in the top 16.

"I think things went very well," Willis said. "We had several kids up on the medal stands, so that was good. Everybody swam well."

The next-best finish for the Greyhounds came in the 200 free relay as Bailey, Braxten Judkins, Ty Payne and Eric See finished fifth in 1:31.41. That same group swam the 200 medley relay in 1:46.35 to take 13th.

Judkins finished ninth in the 50 free (22.47) and 15th in the 100 free (50.18). Payne was 24th in the 200 free (1:55.88) and 24th in the 500 free (5:23.88). His 200 free was a top time by almost a half-second.

The girls team competed in two events but did not score as Upper Arlington won the title with 604.5 points. The 200 free relay of Kaitlyn Camp, Shana Lehr, Autumn See and Lexi Weaver finished 19th in 1:50.28 and the 200 medley relay of Lehr, Camp, Weaver and Christina Testa was 21st in 2:06.04.

•The best season for the Central Crossing program ended at the district meet as the Comets set several more program records but did not advance any swimmers to state.

Nick Martin broke his record in the 200 individual medley by almost three seconds, finishing 28th in 2:14.07. Martin also swam with Kelley Jones, Bryant Long and Paul Hollon on the record-setting 200 medley relay (1:53.16, 18th) , and he swam with Justin Reckner, Hollon and Long on the record-setting 200 free relay (1:37.33, 18th).

Caroline Kruczynski finished 27th in the 100 back in 1:06.44, breaking her own record by more than a second.

The other individual competing at district was Long in the 50 free (24.49, 30th). Kyle Dyer, Jones, Hollon and Martin finished 19th in the 400 free relay (3:48.26).

For the girls, Kruczynski, Beckwith, Hannah Hildebrand and Alyssa Stamper finished 27th in the 200 medley relay in 2:12.44, and Rebecca Miller, Hildebrand, Kruczynski and Beckwith were 24th in the 400 free relay in 4:19.40. The Comets also swam in the 200 free relay but were disqualified.

The Comets expect to return the majority of their team after advancing their first individuals and their first boys relays to district. Juniors Martin, Long and Hollon should lead the way for the boys, along with sophomores Reckner, Dyer and Chad Fields. The girls expect most of their top swimmers back, including juniors Miller, Christina Mills, sophomores Beckwith, Kruczynski, Stamper and Lauren Wagoner and freshman Hildebrand.

At a glance

Below are the state qualifiers with district result and state seed for the Grove City boys and girls swimming and diving teams:

Boys -- Gus Bailey: 50 free (21.72, 19th), 100 back (53.29, 11th)

Others who competed at district were:

Boys -- Braxten Judkins: 50 free (22.47, ninth), 100 free (50.18, 15th); Ty Payne: 200 free (1:55.88, 24th), 500 free (5:23.88, 24th); 200 free relay (1:31.41, fifth); 200 medley relay (1:46.35, 13th); Girls -- 200 free relay (1:50.28, 19th); 200 medley relay (2:06.04, 21st)

At a glance


•Finishes: Boys -- Seventh in OCC-Central, 12th at sectional, did not score at district; Girls -- Seventh in OCC-Central, did not score at sectional, did not score at district

•Seniors lost: Boys -- Mark Atkinson and Mathew Martin; Girls -- Beth Cross and Katie Ward

•Key returnees: Boys -- Lena Beckwith, Hannah Hildebrand and Caroline Kruczynski; Girls -- Paul Hollon, Bryant Long and Nick Martin