The Hilliard Darby High School girls swimming and diving team has just nine athletes, but five have district experience.

The Hilliard Darby High School girls swimming and diving team has just nine athletes, but five have district experience.

The returning district qualifiers are seniors Claire Bergeford, Mackenzie Caruthers and Oliva Wile and juniors Angelina Marchio and Tia McLaughlin.

Last year in the Division I district meet at Ohio University, Wile set program records in the 100-yard backstroke (59.44 seconds, 10th) and 100 butterfly (59.64, 15th) and was on the 200 medley (1:53.8, 11th) and 400 freestyle (3:50.57, 13th) relays, and McLaughlin set the program mark in the 100 free (54.23, 11th) and was on the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Bergeford was on the 200 medley and 400 free relays and Marchio was a member of the 200 free (1:49.68, 25th) and 400 free relays.

Caruthers was a district qualifier in the 500 free and 50 free in the 2013-14 season and in the 500 free and 200 free in 2012-13.

"Mackenzie is a two-time (OCC-Cardinal Division) champion in the 500 free and a district qualifier in the 500 free and 200 free," said coach Brian Dickmann, who oversees all of the high school swimming programs in Hilliard City Schools. "Olivia qualified for district in the 100 back and 100 fly and Tia was a district qualifier in the 100 back and 100 free and won the (league) title in the 100 free."

Rounding out the roster are junior Claire Schamp, sophomore Halli Reinhard (diver) and freshmen Ariana Spina and MacKensie Stellrecht.

The Panthers did not have any state qualifiers last season.

Jaguars sporting largest roster

With 11 athletes, Bradley boasts its largest roster in program history.

"Although depth is still a concern with just 11 girls, Bradley should be able to put together some strong relays," Dickmann said. "They have some experienced, strong swimmers back."

Leading the returnees are four district qualifiers from a year ago in juniors Brynn Driscoll, Lizzie Hofinger and Abby Shouse and sophomore Macy Williams.

All four had program-record efforts last season at district.

Driscoll set the mark in the 200 individual medley (2:13.22, eighth) and Williams set the record in the 100 fly (1:01.54, 21st). Both also were on the record-setting 200 medley relay (1:58.8, 21st) with Hofinger, and all four comprised the record-setting 400 free relay (3:59.33, 21st).

Driscoll also competed at district in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.57, 11th) and was the team's lone OCC-Cardinal champion, winning the 100 breast (1:11.37).

Williams set program records in the 200 free (2:07.7) and 500 free (5:50.95) during the regular season.

"Brynn and Macy will be the backbone of the team," Dickmann said. "They both have the potential to place very well at the (league) and district meets and have the potential to qualify for state."

Also on the roster are senior Lauren Valdes, junior Beth Hittie, sophomores Makaeda Ellis and Nebraska White and freshmen Veronica Copley, Abbi Hile and Carolyn Satre.

"Carolyn and Veronica are longtime Hilliard YMCA club members and Great Lakes YMCA zone qualifiers," Dickmann said. "Carolyn is strong in the fly and back and Veronica will be in the breast. They add a great deal to the relays."

Wildcats have depth, experience

Davidson has returned six district qualifiers, including four who competed in individual events.

Competing at district last season were seniors Jessie Lewis and Alexis Zody, juniors Cassidy Book and Nyna Hess and sophomores Riley Ernst and Payton Gehring.

Ernst competed in the 100 back (1:01.43, 15th) and 200 free (2:03.63, 21st), Hess was in the 200 IM (2:17.56, 18th) and 100 back (1:03.56, 24th), Zody was in the 50 free (26.22, 26th) and 100 back (1:04.35, 29th) and Lewis was in the 100 fly (1:01.62, 22nd).

Ernst, Lewis and Zody also were members of the 200 medley relay (1:55.06, 14th) and teamed with Gehring in the 400 free relay (3:51.93, 15th). Gehring, Lewis and Book were on the 200 free relay (1:47.55, 22nd).

The Wildcats did not have any state qualifiers last season.

"Those six are the core group that is looking to help Davidson improve its fourth-place finish (in the OCC-Central meet) and score more points in the district meet," Dickmann said. "There is an outside chance they could qualify for state. They have some depth, with 20 girls on the roster."

Rounding out the roster are seniors Emily Byrd, Emma Gavlik, Rachel McConnell and Lauren Rosier, juniors Kayla Daberkow and Hannah Gavlik, sophomores Kristina Hoefler, Bailey Rosier and Kakari Shimomura and freshmen Jenna Gilbreath, Sophie Lewis, Colleen McConnell, Klara Smrecansky and Alex Worthington.

"Alex Worthington is versatile and could compete in freestyle, backstroke and individual medley," Dickmann said. "She is a club swimmer for the Hilliard YMCA and a Great Lakes YMCA zone qualifier."