Seniors Keith Serafy and Alex Waldron helped lead the Hilliard Davidson High School boys swimming and diving team to a third-place finish in the OCC-Central Division meet Jan. 30 at Upper Arlington.

Seniors Keith Serafy and Alex Waldron helped lead the Hilliard Davidson High School boys swimming and diving team to a third-place finish in the OCC-Central Division meet Jan. 30 at Upper Arlington.

Serafy finished second in the 50-yard freestyle (22.35 seconds) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.96), and Waldron was runner-up in the 100 backstroke (53.86) and placed third in the 50 free (22.7).

Brian Long placed fifth in both the 50 free (23.36) and 100 free (51.97), as the Wildcats had three of the top-five finishes in the former event. Tyler Endecott was fifth in the 500 free (5:06.28) and sixth in the 200 free (1:52.68).

Serafy, Joel Serafy, Long and Waldron were second in the 200 free relay (1:31.17) and the 400 free relay of Endecott, Dalton Brown, C.W. Hess and Eric Nydegger was fifth (3:43.58).

The Wildcats totaled 196 points to finish behind UA (376) and Olentangy Liberty (223) and ahead of Dublin Coffman (189), Thomas Worthington (127), Marysville (115) and Central Crossing (50).

UA won its 16th consecutive league title.

Riley Ernst led the girls team, placing second in the 100 back (1:01.99) and fifth in the 200 free (2:02.92). She also was on the fourth-place 200 free relay (1:47.73) with Alex Zody, Cassidy Book and Jessie Lewis and the fourth-place 400 free relay (3:57.51) with Alex Worthington, Sophie Lewis and Jessie Lewis.

The 200 medley relay of Worthington, Sophie Lewis. Nyna Hess and Zody was fourth (2:00.52).

The Wildcats placed fourth (133) behind UA (467.5), Liberty (298.5) and Thomas (154.5) and ahead of Coffman (117), Marysville (69.5) and Central Crossing (48).

UA won its 21st consecutive league championship.

"Both Davidson teams swam well and beat Coffman and, any time you can beat your rival, it's a great thing," said coach Brian Dickmann, who oversees the boys and girls teams for all three Hilliard schools. "The boys program had three people on the team before this senior class came in as freshmen. To finish second last year and third this year is a testament to them. The girls team is very young and should return the bulk of the scoring next year."

Davidson, Darby and Bradley will compete against one another on senior night Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Hilliard YMCA.

All three then will compete in the 10-team Division I sectional Feb. 13 at Columbus School for Girls.

The winner of each sectional swimming event automatically qualifies for the district meet Feb. 20 at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths will be awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites.

There is no diving competition at sectional.

Caruthers leads way for Darby girls

Mackenzie Caruthers won the 500 free (5:29.8) and swam leadoff on the winning 400 free relay (3:47.28) with Claire Bergefurd, Olivia Wile and Tia McLaughlin to lead the Darby girls team to a third-place finish in the OCC-Cardinal meet Jan. 30 at Thomas Worthington.

The Panthers totaled 169 points to finish behind Dublin Jerome (264) and Westerville Central (245) and ahead of Canal Winchester (158), Bradley (135), Dublin Scioto (124), Westerville South (115) and Westerville North (93).

Caruthers also was fourth in the 200 free (2:03.81) and teamed with McLaughlin, Wile and Bergefurd to place second in the 200 medley relay (1:56.26).

Also placing fourth were Wile in both the 100 fly (1:01.56) and 100 back (1:02.9), McLaughlin in the 100 free (57.2) and Halli Reinhard in diving (342.3 points). The diving competition was Jan. 29 at New Albany.

"Caruthers won the 500 free three times in her four seasons," Dickmann said. "The girls medley relay got touched out and didn't repeat as league champions, but those same four girls won the 400 free relay and it's the first time Darby has ever won that event in the OCC."

The boys team finished fourth (159) behind Jerome (371), South (241) and North (163) and ahead of Scioto (125), Central (111), Canal Winchester (42) and Bradley (37).

Zack Gbur led the Panthers, winning the 100 back (56.8), placing second in the 200 IM (2:07.59) and swimming leadoff in both the second-place medley relay (1:52.57) and third-place 400 free relay (3:40.19).

He was joined by Rhys Jones, Kendall Jones and Maaz Baig in the 200 medley relay and Riley Brokaw, Kendall Jones and Baig in the 400 free relay.

Zach Marquardt was runner-up in diving (339.55).

Placing sixth were Kendall Jones in the 200 IM (2:19.08), Baig in the 50 free (25.09) and the 200 free relay of Brokaw, Noah Branham, Nathan Knueppel and Rhys Jones (1:46.21).

"Gbur carried on the Darby tradition in the back," Dickmann said. "It's the fourth year in a row Darby won the event. Cory McLaughlin won the first two and Blake Dickmann won it last year."

Driscoll wins title for Bradley girls

Brynn Driscoll won the 100 breast (1:09.04) and Veronica Copley placed third in the same event (1:11.33) to lead the Bradley girls team to a fifth-place finish in the OCC-Cardinal meet.

Driscoll also finished fourth in the 50 free (25.9).

Macy Williams was third in both the 100 fly (1:00.83) and 200 free (2:02.1) and Carolyn Satre, Copley, Williams and Driscoll combined to finish third in the 200 medley relay (1:56.26) and fourth in the 400 free relay (4:00.39).

"This is the third year in a row that Driscoll won the breast," Dickmann said. "That's impressive. I also thought Bradley's medley relay did a really good job."

The boys team was led by Trent Nguyen, who placed third in the 100 breast (1:05.48), and Aaron Sartain, who finished fourth in the 500 free (5:15.79).