Hilliard Bradley High School junior swimmer Kaitlyn Goldsmith is getting a little tired of racing against her friend, Granville's Lori Davis.

Hilliard Bradley High School junior swimmer Kaitlyn Goldsmith is getting a little tired of racing against her friend, Granville's Lori Davis.

Davis placed first in the 50-yard freestyle (24.27 seconds) at the Division II district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State, edging Goldsmith, who was second in 24.97.

Last year, the two tied for fourth for the last automatic state-meet qualifying spot in the 50 free with a time of 24.97. The two had to compete in a swim-off, and Goldsmith edged Davis by .04 of a second with a 24.84.

"(Davis) is really nice, but there are times when I go, 'Hey, I just want to beat you. Come on,'" Goldsmith said with a laugh.

Goldsmith could get more chances to race against Davis when the two compete at the Division II state meet, which began Feb. 23 and concludes Friday, Feb. 25, at Canton's C.T. Branin Natatorium. Davis is seeded sixth and Goldsmith is 21st in the 50 free.

The swimming preliminaries will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, with the top 16 finishers in each event advancing to the finals the next day.

Goldsmith, who placed 24th at state in the 50 free (25.38) last year, said it will take a perfect race to make the final.

"There are still things I need to fix," Goldsmith said. "I need to work on my turn."

"She'll tell you she floated a turn, but any time you make the state meet, you had a good swim," Bradley coach Brian Dickmann said. "She told me after the warm-ups she was having trouble with the turn. So you know that was in her mind. She just has to concentrate and not worry about it next week."

The Bradley girls finished ninth at district (82 points) behind champion Granville (368). The Jaguars boys tied Amanda-Clearcreek for 25th (23) behind champion Granville (256.5).

Goldsmith was seventh in the 100 free (55.0) and joined Maddie McDonald, Shea Driscoll and Rebecca Woodson in a seventh-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:46.85).

Jon Satre, the lone boys entrant for the Jaguars, placed seventh in the 200 free (1:50.78) and eighth in the 100 backstroke (58.43).

•Despite finishing seventh in the 100 butterfly (58.47) at district, Davidson junior Sarah Behrent was able to sneak into the Division I state meet. She is seeded 23rd overall. Pickerington Central's Maddie Martin, the defending state champion, is seeded first (55.11).

"In my 12 years in coaching in Hilliard, Sarah is the first girl to make it to the Division I state meet," said Dickmann, who coaches all three teams. "So for her to make it is quite an accomplishment. She's been swimming on an injured shoulder all year, so she's been swimming in pain the entire season. That just speaks volumes on her work ethic."

In the girls district meet on Feb. 19 at Ohio State, Davidson was 13th (68) behind champion Upper Arlington (505) and Darby didn't score. In the boys competition, Darby was 11th (70) and Davidson was 20th (19) behind champion UA (432.5).

In Division I, the top three swimmers in each event and the top four divers at district advanced to state Thursday, Feb. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 26, at Branin Natatorium. Additionally, 11 at-large berths were given in each swimming event based on times statewide.

At district, the Wildcats girls team reached the awards podium three times but only should have made it twice.

Sophomore Erin Brooks was called up by mistake after placing ninth in the 100 back (59.72). The awards podium is reserved for the top eight finishers.

"I was getting into the pool to warm down and a friend of mine said 'They've been calling your name,'" Brooks said. "I kept saying, 'I don't think I am supposed to be here.'"

Officials later realized it was UA's Claire Van Fossen who finished eighth (59.41) and corrected the error.

At the end of the meet, Brooks was back at the podium after joining Behrent, Megan Schmalenberger and Megan Wittman on the 400 free relay that placed eighth (3:42.22).

"The district meet has made me realize that I am not the best and I need to step it up if I went to get any further," Brooks said. "It's going to make me focus harder in practice."

Midway through his first 25 yards of the 100 breaststroke, Davidson senior Vince Gill noticed something was wrong.

"Everything felt smooth, but a little too smooth," said Gill, who placed fifth in 1:00.42. "I didn't feel like I was pulling enough water. I spaced out on my first 25 and didn't pull as hard as I could. Then I started to really pull water in the last 50 because I was trying to get (back into the race)."

Gill was the only member of the Davidson boys team to reach the awards podium.

• Darby didn't advance anyone to the Division I state meet.

Freshman Hunter Cook was hoping for an at-large berth after finishing fourth in the 500 free (4:44.41), but the 500 free was the only Central District event that didn't receive an at-large spot.

"The 500 free has a lot of competition this year. It makes me train even harder when I am tired," said Cook, who dropped 10.98 seconds from the sectional meet.

Cook, who also finished seventh in the 200 free (1:47.16), was the only Panthers swimmer to finish in the top eight.


Below are the state qualifiers with district result and state seed for the Bradley, Darby and Davidson boys and girls swimming and diving teams:


Boys - None; Girls - Kaitlyn Goldsmith: 50 free (24.97, second, 21st)

Others who competed at district: Boys - Jon Satre: 200 free (1:50.78, seventh), 100 back (58.43, eighth); Girls - Delaney Banda: 100 free (1:01.7, 29th), 100 back (1:05.78, 12th); Maggie Brown: 100 back (1:09.96, 26th); Shea Driscoll: 200 free (2:11.87, ninth), 500 free (6:01.86, 20th); Goldsmith: 100 free (55.0, seventh); Maddie McDonald: 100 free (1:00.76, 24th), 200 IM (2:44.42, 28th); 200 medley relay (2:03.01, 11th); 200 free relay 1:46.85, seventh); 400 free relay (4:08.69, 12th)


Boys - None; Girls - None

Others who competed at district: Boys - Alex Bean: 50 free (22.35, 11th), 100 free (49.46, 12th); Hunter Cook: 200 free (1:47.16, seventh), 500 free (4:44.41, fourth); Sam Dignan: 50 free (23.08, 23rd), 500 free (4:59.32, 13th); Cory McLaughlin: 200 IM (2:15.70, 30th), 500 free (5:19.31, 27th); 200 medley relay (1:45.06, 10th); 200 free relay (1:43.91, 23rd); 400 free relay (3:23.93, 10th); Girls - Alex Caruthers: 500 free (5:49.58, 25th), 100 breast (1:15.44, 23rd); 400 free relay (4:09.30, 21st)


Boys - None; Girls - Sarah Behrent: 100 fly (58.47, seventh, 23rd)

Others who competed at district: Boys - Vince Gill: 100 breast (1:00.42, fifth), 200 IM (2:01.09, ninth); Joe Stewart: 100 free (51.08, 24th), 200 free (1:52.60, 19th); 200 medley relay (2:05.59, 25th); 200 free relay (1:47.39, 26th); 400 free relay (3:39.99, 20th); Girls - Behrent: 100 free (54.87, 11th), 100 fly (58.47, seventh, 23rd); Erin Brooks: 100 back (59.72, ninth); Megan Schmalenberger: 100 free (56.05, 17th), 100 fly (1:01.95, 19th); Ellie Symes: 100 back (1:07.21, 30th); Megan Wittman: 200 free (2:02.87, 16th), 500 free (5:32.51, 17th); 200 medley relay (1:53.47, 10th), 200 free relay (1:53.31, 21st); 400 free relay (3:42.22, eighth)