Unlike last year, Pickerington High School Central swimmer Maddie Martin won't be going to the Division I state meet alone.

Unlike last year, Pickerington High School Central swimmer Maddie Martin won't be going to the Division I state meet alone.

Martin, who won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.11 seconds and placed third in the 100 freestyle (52.26) at the district meet on Feb. 19 at Ohio State, is one of four Tigers who will compete at state Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The sophomore joins Lindsey Inkrott, Paige Martin and Ashley Stewart on the 200 medley relay, which placed fifth (1:50) at district and earned an at-large berth. Inkrott was sixth in the 100 backstroke (59.06) and also received an at-large berth.

The top three finishers in each swimming event and the top four divers at district automatically qualified for state. Additionally, 11 at-large berths were given out for each swimming event based on times statewide.

"I'm ready to swim," said Martin, who is seeded first in the 100 fly and ninth in the 100 free. "I don't think it is going to be that different (competing in three events). It's just more chances for me to swim."

The girls team placed seventh (115 points) at district behind champion Upper Arlington (505). The boys team didn't score as the Golden Bears won (432.5).

Maddie Martin, who won the state title in the 100 fly (54.85) last year, said she's not anticipating making changes to her routine.

"I just want to keep everything the same," she said. "I try really hard not to let the nerves get to me."

•North freshman Clay White, who took up diving in November, scored 383.5 points to place third at district and advance to state.

The Panthers boys team finished sixth (97) and the girls finished 11th (91).

"I was really nervous. I'm just getting used to the experience of meets," said White, who is seeded 18th at state. "I have been working on being consistent and keeping my dives the same every time. I have been working really hard the last few weeks. I did as well as I could."

Earning at-large state berths for North were freshman Jacob Griffith, who placed fifth in the 100 fly (52.7), and the 200 free relay of Griffith, senior Matt Riordan, senior Adam Ingram and junior Paul Hintz, which placed fourth (1:28.65).

"This has been my goal the whole season. I'm excited to make it in a relay and as an individual," Griffith said.

Senior Katelyn Fisher, sophomore Sara Sams, freshman Kelly Mason and senior Morgan Grodesky were the only girls to advance to state, placing seventh in the 200 free relay in 1:50.56 to secure an at-large berth.

Hintz had the longest — if not the most frustrating — day at district. He tied St. Charles' Will Grodesky for fifth in the 50 free (21.95) and Grove City's Braxten Judkins for fifth in the 100 free (47.71). He then lost tiebreakers to both in head-to-head swim-offs. Judkins grabbed an at-large berth to state over Hintz.

"That was just outrageous," said Hintz, who also was on the 400 free relay that finished sixth (3:18.42). "I was kind of shocked when I saw that I tied in the 50 free. I saw it was against one of my good friends (Grodesky), so I thought, 'That's kind of cool.' The second time I saw I tied (Judkins, another friend), I couldn't believe it.

"(After I lost the first swim-off), I knew I wouldn't win (the second) because I was extremely tired. But it was a good race."

At a glance

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


Boys —ÊNone; Girls —ÊLindsey Inkrott: 100 back (59.06, sixth, 19th); Maddie Martin: 100 free (52.26, third, ninth), 100 fly (55.11, first, first); 200 medley relay (1:50.00, fifth, 17th)

Others who competed at district: Boys —Ê200 free relay (1:49.12, 27th); 400 free relay (4:08.11, 27th); Girls —ÊLindsey Inkrott: 500 free (5:29.10, 15th); Paige Martin: 100 breast (1:09.17, 14th), 100 fly (1:00.17, 10th); Sara Sams: 100 breast (1:08.58, 12th); Ashley Stewart: 100 free (56.61, 20th), 100 back (1:02.06, 20th); 400 free relay (3:41.36, sixth)


Boys —ÊJacob Griffith: 100 fly (52.7, fifth, 19th); Clay White: diving (383.5, third, 18th); 200 free relay (1:28.65, fourth, 20th); Girls —Ê200 free relay (1:50.56, seventh, 12th)

Others who competed at district: Boys —ÊMatt Greene: 100 breast (1:06, 24th); Jacob Griffith: 200 IM (2:01.77, 13th); Paul Hintz: 50 free (21.95, fifth), 100 free (47.71, fifth); Adam Ingram: 50 free (23.89, 30th); Justin Mathews: 100 breast (1:04.85, 20th), 200 IM (2:11.08, 27th); Matt Riordan: 50 free (22.78, 17th), 100 free (50.83, 22nd); James Ross: 100 breast (1:06.92, 28th); 200 medley relay (1:49.24, 15th); 400 free relay (3:18.42, sixth); Girls —ÊKatelyn Fisher: 100 back (1:02.16, 21st), 100 fly (1:01.74, 18th); Carlie Focke: 100 breast (1:13.6, 24th), 100 fly (1:04.65, 28th); Logan Griffith: 200 free (1:59.15, 11th), 500 free (5:24.59, 10th); Morgan Grodesky: 50 free (25.01, 11th,), 100 free (56.35, 19th); Jessica Kaiser: 50 free (26.20, 22nd), 100 free (57.50, 27th); Kelly Mason: 100 fly (1:02.45, 20th); Kathryn Wilson: 200 free (2:10.07, 27th), 500 free (5:48.33, 24th); 200 free relay (1:40.95, eighth); 400 free relay (3:45.14, 12th)