The Upper Arlington High School boys and girls swimming teams had an early-morning, 90-minute workout before arriving at 9 a.m. Jan. 28 at Thomas Worthington for the OCC-Central Division meet.

The Upper Arlington High School boys and girls swimming teams had an early-morning, 90-minute workout before arriving at 9 a.m. Jan. 28 at Thomas Worthington for the OCC-Central Division meet.

The training session didn't seem to slow down the Golden Bears, as they swept the OCC-Central titles. The girls team won 10 of the 12 events and scored 467 points to capture its 13th consecutive league championship and the boys team won eight events and scored 463 points to win its 12th league title in a row.

In the girls meet, Thomas (245) placed second, followed by Dublin Coffman (201), Hilliard Davidson (150), Worthington Kilbourne (96), Hilliard Darby (79) and Central Crossing (52).

Rounding out the boys standings were Thomas (209), Kilbourne (192), Coffman (169), Darby (127), Central Crossing (65) and Davidson (0).

Westland does not have a swim program.

"We're just using (the league meet) as a good practice," said sophomore Jenny Smith, who was first in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.99 seconds and first in the 500 freestyle (5:08.49). "It's just another workout that drags on for four hours.

"Right now, we're sore and we're more focused on the other goals ahead."

The girls team had the top four finishers in the 500 free, as senior Jessica Miller (second, 5:13.62), sophomore Elizabeth Weldon (third, 5:18.51) and Julie Dierker (fourth, 5:24.16) finished behind Smith.

In the 200 free, freshman Gracie Long was first (1:54.51), with freshman Alexandra Hedden (second, 1:58.75), Miller (third, 1:58.9) and Weldon (fourth, 2:00.11) taking the next three spots.

Also winning individual events were senior Lauren Comer in the 200 individual medley (2:07.99), senior Emmie Piscopo in diving (404.5), Long in the 100 free (52.69) and sophomore Jamie Krupp in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.95).

Long, Comer, Smith and Hedden broke the league record while winning the 400 free relay (3:37.12). Comer, senior Gabby Veri, Smith and Hedden were first in the 200 free relay (1:40.28) and sophomore Betsy Trace, senior Beth Long, Veri and Gracie Long were first in the 200 medley relay (1:50.83).

Girls coach Dan Peterkoski said his team trains the morning before each meet during the season through the Division I sectional meet, which will be held Feb. 11 at UA.

"Our sport is a little different," Peterkoski said. "If you focus on having the best performance at every meet, you're not going to achieve what you are absolutely capable of doing."

The boys team set three league records, with junior Joey Long winning the 200 free (1:43.63) and 500 free (4:42.08) and classmate Ian Reardon winning the 200 IM (1:58.07).

Also winning individual events were senior Andrew Rabe in the 50 free (22.56) and senior Sean Neri in the 100 backstroke (53.47).

Neri, Reardon, junior Max Jelen and sophomore Thomas Trace won the 200 medley relay (1:39.11), Trace, Long, senior Adam Dodson and Rabe were first in the 200 free relay (1:29.34) and Rabe, Long, Neri and senior Ryan Cutler were first in the 400 free relay (3:18.75).

"Our job was to see how prepared you are for the postseason," boys coach Mike de Bear said. "This meet's a similar size and as competitive of a meet as the sectionals. It was a good chance to do almost kind of a test run.

"We're obviously happy with the way we swam and that we set some new pool records, but we're beat up and tired."

The OCC-Central traditionally features some of the strongest programs in the district. Last year, UA (first, 432.5), Thomas (fourth, 161), Coffman (fifth, 140) and Kilbourne (ninth, 97) all finished in the top 10 in the Division I boys district meet. In the girls district meet, UA (first, 505), Thomas (third, 201) and Coffman (fifth, 165) were in the top five.

"We use (the league meet) as an opportunity to get some good racing in," Peterkoski said. "We take more of a 'big picture' approach than just focusing on the OCC-Central. We like to see fast swims (in the league meet), but the times were really irrelevant in terms of the big picture."

Last year at sectional, the boys team finished first (414) ahead of runner-up St. Charles (280) and the girls team placed first (416) ahead of runner-up Watterson (212).

The winner of each sectional swimming event qualifies for the district meet Feb. 18 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.

Divers do not compete until the district meet.

"We're in the middle of our last days of training," Peterkoski said. "We're focusing on speed and racing and race preparation. As coaches, we're going to expect to see some nice things come together come February."