If the Upper Arlington High School girls swimming and diving team doesn't have the depth it has had in past years, it been hard to tell.

If the Upper Arlington High School girls swimming and diving team doesn't have the depth it has had in past years, it been hard to tell.

The Golden Bears looked dominant again last Saturday at the Division I district meet as they captured another district title. UA scored 472 points to outdistance runner-up Watterson (286).

UA is well-represented at the state meet, which started last Wednesday with the diving portion. The swimming preliminaries are Friday with the finals Saturday.

The Bears are seeking their sixth consecutive state title.

"We don't have to have the same amount of depth, we just have to have a lot of talent," said Kayla Hammerberg, who is competing in four events at state. "We don't have the same amount of depth. We just have a lot of talent, and the talent that we have goes a really long way. So, I'm hoping for the best at state."

Hammerberg was second in both the 50-yard freestyle (24.11 seconds) and 100 free (52.25). Watterson's Gracie Finnegan won both events in 23.16 and 50.48 respectively. Hammerberg also swam freestyle in the 200 medley relay, helping Kristyn Fulcher, Nicole Wagner and Katie VanFossen win that event in 1:45.54.

Lauren Comer, Hammerberg, Kristyn Fulcher and Abby Chin were second in the 400 free relay (3:29.28) to Watterson (3:28.6).

UA enters Friday's preliminaries with four district champions. In addition to the 200 medley relay, other district champions are Abby Chin in the 500 free (4:51.62), Lauren Comer in the 200 individual medley (2:03) and the 200 free relay of Wagner, Gabby Veri, Comer and Chin (1:36.43).

UA won last year's state title with 349 points. Watterson was second with 176.

VanFossen made her state-meet debut a season ago, and said that it's something this year's new swimmers are not going to forget.

"It's a great experience," she said. "It's definitely one I'll remember forever. It's a great atmosphere having everyone there cheering and having something good to accomplish."

ĽA half-point is all that separated the boys team from the district championship.

St. Charles edged Upper Arlington 399.5 to 399 to win the title.

The Bears get another shot at the state tournament, but they also have to contend with some strong teams from around the state, including Cincinnati St. Xavier, which won last year's title.

The Bears were fourth last year with 169 points, finishing behind St. Xavier (322), St. Charles (265) and Cincinnati Moeller (202).

The 200 medley relay of Sean Neri, Adam Rabe, John Lowery and J.J. Spangler won the district championship in 1:35.16 and the 400 free relay of Spangler, Joey Long, Zach Kelch and Lowery won in 3:08.18.

Kelch also won the 500 free (4:38.27) with Long finishing second (4:38.3).

Spangler was second in the 100 free (46.37) to Dublin Scioto's Jacob Schuster (45.72) and third in the 50 free (21.2) to Mount Vernon's Ian Richardson (20.8) and Grove City's Gus Bailey (21.04).

"It's awesome going to state in more events seeing as that I only made it (individually) in the 200 (free) last year," Spangler said. "It's pretty exciting."

On to state

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


Alex Chin: 100 back (53.79, fifth; 21st); Ryan Cutler: 200 free (1:45.53, fifth; 19th); 500 free (4:46.32, fourth; 22nd); Zach Kelch: 200 free (1:42.5, third, 10th); 500 free (4:38.27, first; seventh); Joey Long: 500 free (4:38.3, second; eighth); John Lowery: 100 fly (51.55, fourth; 11th); 100 free (47.76, eighth;19th); Sean Neri: 100 back (52.75, second; eighth); Adam Rabe: 200 IM (1:56.44, second; seventh); 100 breast (59.39, third; 14th ); J.J. Spangler: 50 free (21.2, third; sixth); 100 free (46.37, second; fifth); the 200 medley relay (1.35.16, first; third); the 200 free relay (1:28.01, second; eighth); 400 free relay (3:08.18, first; first)


Abby Chin: 200 free (1:50.37, second; third); 500 free (4:51.62, first; first); Lauren Comer: 200 IM (2:03, first, first); 100 back (57.45, fifth; sixth); Kristyn Fulcher: 200 IM (2:05.56, second; fifth); 100 back (53.56, second; second); Kayla Hammerberg: 50 free (24.11, second; 11th); 100 free (52.6, third; 10th); Jessica Miller: 200 free (1:54.78, eighth; 23rd); 500 free (5:03.59, 14th); Amy Trace: 200 free (1:54.74, seventh; 21st); 500 free (5:01.38, fifth; ninth); Clare VanFossen: 100 fly (57.43, fourth; 11th); 100 back (1:00.01, ninth; 22nd); Katie VanFossen: 100 fly (56.68, second; fifth); Gabby Veri: 200 free (1:53.79, fifth; 17th); 100 free (53.05, fourth; 21st); Nicole Wagner: 100 fly (58.22, fifth; 17th); 100 breast (1:05.31, second; sixth); Mary Piscopo: diving (397.65, fourth; 11th); Jordan Russell: diving (435.25, second; fourth); the 200 medley relay (1:45.54, first; first); the 200 free relay (1:36.43, first; second) and the 400 free relay (3:29.28)

At a glance

Below are those who competed at the district meet for UA but did not advance to state:


Adam Dodson: 50 free (23.42, 25th); Dan Griffin: diving (83.5, 23rd); Mikey Huntley: 100 fly (54.85, 13th); 200 IM (2:03.68, 15th); Max Jelen: 100 back (56.18, 10th); 100 fly (52.81, seventh); David Kuhar: 100 breast (1:04.26, 21); 100 fly (56.68, 18th); Joey Long: 200 IM (1:59.21, sixth); Sean Neri: 200 free (1:47, eighth); Victor Pataky: 100 breast (1:03, 15th); Ian Reardon: 100 back (55.6, eighth); 200 IM (2:02.16, 12th); Dan Schaefer: diving (273.8, 10th); Nick Sievert: 50 free (22.89, 20th); 100 breast (1:03.17, 16th) and Dan Sullivan: 200 free (1:51.24, 16th); 500 free (5:07.84, 13th)


Casey Branson: diving (108.95, 27th), Marissa Jaskot: 50 free (25.62, 16th); 100 free (55.04, 18th); Beth Long: 100 breast (1:08.41, eighth); 200 IM (2:11.17; fifth); Sarah Mamo: 100 breast (1:12.94, 23rd); 200 IM (2:18.29, fifth); Hannah Mascari: 100 fly (1:05.24, 27th); Ashley Neri: 500 free (5:36.97, 22nd); Madeline Paskell (107.3, 29th); Kelly Steibler: 50 free (26.64, 28th); 100 breast (1:15.7, 29th) and Katie VanFossen: 100 free (55.04, 13th)