After the Division I boys district diving meet last Saturday at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Worthington Kilbourne High School sophomore Hunter Atha felt like he was in a dream.

After the Division I boys district diving meet last Saturday at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Worthington Kilbourne High School sophomore Hunter Atha felt like he was in a dream.

On his seventh dive of the meet, though, he thought he was living a nightmare.

Despite failing his seventh dive, Atha placed fourth with 363.05 points to advance to the state meet, which began last Wednesday and runs through Saturday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The top five finishers in boys diving qualified for state.

"I didn't want to be sixth again," said Atha, who finished sixth at district last year. "It has been my goal to make it to states. To make it with a failed dive is even more of an accomplishment."

"We were joking with him that he was too generous," Jim Callahan, who coaches Kilbourne and Thomas, said of Atha. "He qualified for states using just 10 dives and everyone else used 11."

Atha's performance was part of a strong district showing for Kilbourne and Thomas Worthington. The Cardinals finished seventh (120 points) and the Wolves were 10th (99) in the boys meet behind champion St. Charles (399.5). In the girls meet, the Cardinals placed seventh (154) and the Wolves were 20th (3) behind champion Upper Arlington (472).

In addition to Atha, Kilbourne will be represented at state by Keeler Callahan, who secured an at-large state berth after placing sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 46.03 seconds.

The top three finishers in each swimming event at district automatically advanced to state. In addition, there were 13 at-large berths per swimming event awarded based on times statewide.

The Cardinals girls team qualified in six events, all by at-large berths. Junior Claudia Doyle, who placed seventh in the 100 backstroke (57.78) at state last year, made it in the 100 breaststroke and 50 free and freshman Maren Reeder advanced in the 100 breast.

All three of their relays also advanced: Abby Jank, Reeder, Carly Davis and Margaret Rechel in the 200 free relay, Jank, Davis, Rechel and Doyle in the 400 free relay and Doyle, Reeder, Katie Allison and Lauren Porteus in the 200 medley relay.

Doyle, who placed fourth in the 100 back (57.29) and 50 free (24.51) at district, swam a better time in the 100 back than she did at state last year but had to wait to find out if she made the cut. She is seeded fifth at state in the 100 back.

"It's one of the best times I've gone, including the junior nationals, but I was hoping for something a little bit faster," Doyle said. "I took it out really fast, but I couldn't hold on to it in the last 50.

"I have to make sure that I keep confidence in myself and push forward. Hopefully I can show everyone what I have left in me."

Both the Thomas boys and Kilbourne girls teams failed to advance anyone to state, but coach Callahan was pleased with his swimmers' times.

"We swam well but it wasn't quite fast enough," Callahan said. "Kilbourne only had four girls here, but I think everyone swam well. They had a lifetime best or season-best."

Making the awards podium for Thomas were Trenton Harper in the 200 individual medley (1:59.61, seventh), Sam Reeder in the 50 free (21.98, seventh), the 200 medley relay of Harper, Michael Allison, Brian Jones and Edgar Caraballo (1:42, eighth) and the 400 free relay of Caraballo, Trevor Johnson, Philip Mueller and Reeder (3:22.47, eighth).

"I felt we did pretty well," said Jones, a senior who made the awards podium for the first time. "I was really happy to go my senior year, because I am not going to be able to get this chance again."

At a glance

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


Boys -- Keeler Callahan: 200 free (1:46.03, sixth, 20th); Hunter Atha: diving (363.05, fourth, 19th); Girls -- No qualifiers

Others who competed at district were: Boys -- Evan Alexander: 50 free (22.99, 21st), 100 free (50.57, 24th); Keeler Callahan: 500 free (4:53.75, sixth); Mitchell Guist: 100 back (1:00.72, 25th), 200 IM (2:13.25, 21st); Conor Lemmon: 500 free (5:18.15, 21st); Price Norman: 100 free (49.22, 16th), 200 IM (2:00.22, eighth); Jake Wood: 200 free (1:57.81, 29th), 500 free (5:13.57, 17th); 200 free relay (1:31.11, eighth); 400 free relay (3:20.9, seventh), 200 medley relay (1:52.61, 18th); Girls -- Erin Cipicchio: diving (108.05, 28th); Lindsay Hoskins: diving (289.4, 14th); Kelley Jiang: 50 free (25.94, 20th), 100 free (57.41, 24th); Briana Savage: 200 free (2:06.24, 24th); Amanda Siroskey: diving (119.05, 21st); Katherine Watkins: diving (114.75, 24th); 200 free relay (DQ); 200 medley relay (2:08.47, 22nd)


Boys -- No qualifiers; Girls -- Claudia Doyle: 50 free (24.51, fourth, 19th), 100 back (57.29, fourth, fifth); Maren Reeder: 100 breast (1:07.4, fourth, 18th); 200 medley relay (1:50.67, fifth, 17th); 200 free relay (1:40.21, sixth, 19th); 400 free relay (3:39.37, sixth, 22nd)

Others who competed at district were: Boys -- Michael Allison: 100 breast (1:02.67, 14th); Edgar Caraballo: 200 free (1:52.52, 19th), 100 butterfly (56.43, 17th); George Doyle: 500 free (5:13.22, 18th); Michael Frankland: diving (177.5, 17th); Trenton Harper: 100 breast (1:02.2, 10th), 200 IM (1:59.61, seventh); Trevor Johnson: 50 free (22.74, 14th), 100 free (50.55, 23rd); Brian Jones: 100 butterfly (55.31, 15th); Philip Mueller: 500 free (4:57.39, ninth), 200 IM (2:03.2, 14th); Sam Reeder: 50 free (21.98, seventh), 100 free (48.9, 13th); Adam Wolf: 200 free (1:54.63, 24th), 500 free (5:11.17, 14th); Mason Zurovchak: 100 back (1:00.08, 20th), 100 butterfly (58.3, 23rd); 200 free relay (1:31.35, ninth); 400 free relay (3:22.47, eighth); 200 medley relay (1:42, eighth); Girls -- Katie Allison: 100 breast (1:14.22, 26th), 100 butterfly (1:04.03, 23rd); Katie Chu: Diving (198.5, 17th); Carly Davis: 100 free (55.86, 15th), 200 free (2:00.04, 12th); Becca Hammond: 200 free (2:10.10, 29th), 500 free (5:41.8, 23rd); Leighann Holcomb: diving (191.75, 19th); Abby Jank: 100 free (54.82, 10th), 200 free (2:00.98, 14th); Hannah Johnson: diving (318.4, 11th); Margaret Rechel: 100 free (56.2, 20th), 200 free (2:04.04, 19th); Maren Reeder: 200 IM (2:15.57, 10th)