The Westerville North High School swimming and diving program is gearing up for what it hopes is a successful postseason.

The Westerville North High School swimming and diving program is gearing up for what it hopes is a successful postseason.

The Warriors prepared for a Division I sectional Feb. 13 at Upper Arlington by competing in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet Jan. 30 at Thomas Worthington.

"We're in the middle of a four-week plan to get ready for our meet at sectional then district," coach Rich Morris said. "I thought the kids came and raced even though we're not rested. The kids are together. They understand what we've been trying to accomplish and they're starting to see it."

The boys team finished third (163 points) in the league meet behind Dublin Jerome (371) and Westerville South (241) and ahead of Hilliard Darby (159), Dublin Scioto (125), Westerville Central (111), Canal Winchester (42) and Hilliard Bradley (37).

Andrew Bernsdorf won the 500-yard freestyle (4 minutes, 58.05 seconds) and was second in the 200 free (1:48.84).

In diving, which was held Jan. 29 at New Albany, Jared Kloos was first (466.85) and Caleb Brazell finished third (334.85).

The girls team finished eighth (93) behind Jerome (264), Central (245), Darby (169), Canal Winchester (158), Bradley (135), Scioto (124) and South (115).

Maggy Bolen was fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.04).

At sectional, the winner of each event automatically qualifies for district Feb. 20 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.

There is no diving competition at sectional.

Stadler leads South boys

The South boys were led in the league meet by Nate Stadler, who won the 200 free (1:48.43) and 100 free (48.62).

Stadler also joined Caleb Baker, Jeremiah Vannest and Nick Tee in finishing second in the 200 free relay (1:31.83) and 400 free relay (3:21.44).

Vannest was second in the 100 breast (1:03.76) and third in the 200 individual medley (2:08.58), and Tee was third in the 500 free (5:15.22).

Libby Stadler, Nate's sister, led the girls, finishing third in the 500 free (5:36.23).

"I'm very happy," coach Shane Davis said. "The kids came out and swam personal bests heading down the road to sectional. We're looking good and heading in the right direction."

South faces Bexley on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Westerville Community Center and then joins North in the UA sectional.

Kramer sets pace for Central girls

Maddy Kramer led the Central girls in the league meet, winning the 200 IM (2:14.07) and 100 butterfly (58.65) and swimming on the second-place 200 medley relay (1:43.97) with Kaila Aaron, Samantha Gorner and Annie McNenny.

In diving, Sarah Denzel finished first (358.35) and Chloe Minton was second (353.2).

McNenny was second in the 200 free (2:00.61) and 100 fly (1:00.29), and Aaron was third in the 50 free (25.85) and 100 free (56.87).

"This is a real good sign because we don't rest for this meet," coach Ron Staab said. "This meet is the middle of training. We started our taper about (Jan. 27), so they're swimming these good swims still being tired, so I feel real good about it."

For the boys, finishing fifth were Kevin Loushin in the 500 free (5:16.05), Chris Ogle in the 100 backstroke (1:01.71), Loushin, Joe Hetterscheidt, Hunter Hudgins and Derek Rymers in the 200 free relay (1:43.34) and Hetterscheidt, Ogle, Adam Aziz and Maximus Cramer in the 400 free relay (3:54.42).

The Warhawks will compete in the Thomas sectional Feb. 13.