The Upper Arlington boys and girls swimming teams continue to turn out Division I recruits.

The Upper Arlington boys and girls swimming teams continue to turn out Division I recruits.

Four swimmers signed college scholarship offers at a ceremony in the media center Nov. 18.

For the girls team, Kristyn Fulcher signed with Ohio State and Kate Van Fossen and Nicole Wagner both signed with Miami.

UA has become a popular recruiting ground for college coaches now that the girls team has won five consecutive Division I state championships.

Van Fossen and Wagner join former Upper Arlington swimmers Lauren Wallace, a 2008 graduate, and Jenny Warmolts, who graduated last spring.

"(Warmolts) was able to be honest with me about the program," said Wagner, who was 13th (1 minute, 7.18 seconds) in the 200-yard individual medley at last year's state meet. "She said it's really a lot of hard work, but it's fun. I'm really excited to go."

Van Fossen, who was sixth in the 100 butterfly (57.04), wasn't planning on swimming in college until she made it to the state meet last year and started to attract colleges. For Van Fossen, Miami won out over Buffalo, Michigan State and Ohio University.

Miami also was on Fulcher's radar, but she opted for the big-school experience that Ohio State offers. She'll join UA graduate Catherine Eitel there. Fulcher, who was third in the 200 IM (2:03.31), sixth in the 500 free (4:58.53) and part of the 200 medley relay (1:34.24) and the 200 freestyle relay (3:35.69), which won state championships. Wagner also was a member of that 200 free relay.

On the boys side, Zach Kelch, who was fourth in the 500 free (4:35.5) and 14th in the 200 free (1:44.64), chose Michigan over Ohio State and Princeton.

"Their swim program is incredible and has a great history of tradition," Kelch said. "I think it would be a really good challenge for me to explore the next four years there and academically, there's not much more I can ask for."

At Michigan, Kelch joins Eric Huffman, who graduated from UA last spring after winning the state championship in both the 50 free (20.41) and 100 free (44.35).

"It's great that we're keeping on the tradition of getting our high school athletes represented in college," Fulcher said. "That's important to us."

Last year, the girls team dominated the state meet, scoring 349 points to finish well ahead of runner-up Watterson (176).

Upper Arlington held a college recognition day for their student-athletes Nov. 18. Front row, from left: Zach Kelch (Michigan, swimming), Dan Kloos (Bryant, lacrosse), Kadie Koeneman (Indiana, Pa., volleyball) and Megan Knoop (Cincinnati, lacrosse); back row: Christian Holstein (Ohio State, diving), Lara Ross (Indiana, soccer), Audrey Plant (Delaware, softball), Katie Van Fossen (Miami, swimming), Kasi Vazquez (Dayton, softball), Nicole Wagner (Miami, swimming) and Rebecca Niles (Virginia Tech, lacrosse).

Upper Arlington held a college recognition day for their student-athletes Nov. 18. Front row, from left: Joseph Benedick (Pennsylvania, lacrosse), Kyle Cassady (Air Force Academy, lacrosse), Susan Dappen (Ohio State, field hockey) and Shannon Flower (Indiana, soccer); back row: Kristyn Fulcher (Ohio State, swimming), Lauren Hanover (Navy, lacrosse), Allison Harper (Marshall, golf) and John Hardesty (Ohio State, lacrosse).