CANTON -- Lara Ketonen earned 5 points for the Aurora girls swim team in the state meet Feb. 25, placing 14th in the 50 freestyle and 15th in the 100 freestyle.
She was the Greenmen's only swimmer in the Division I state meet at Brainin Natatorium at Canton McKinley High. Aurora diver Drew Albrecht earned one point for the Aurora boys in Division II by placing 16th.
Ketonen swam the 50 free preliminary in 23.97 and the finals in 24.49, and the 100 free preliminary in 52.37 and finals in 53.11.
Albrecht compiled 318.05 points in diving.
"This year my main goal was just to make the state meet in the 50 free and the 100 free, so making finals is just another bonus," said Ketonen. "It's an amazing experience to race against some of the fastest swimmers in the state.
"Although I was the only one to make it this year from Aurora, some of my teammates came to watch the meet, which was great. Since I'm still relatively new to swimming, the atmosphere in meets like this is something I've never experienced, and hopefully I'll make it next year again."
"I've watched Lara develop as a swimmer over the past three years," said AHS coach Amanda Marlow. "Last year, she came up short of the state meet; this year going into finals she was seeded10th. Just that shows you the amount of work she has put into this sport as a new athlete.
"During prelims, she got the exact same time she had at the district meet, which is very hard to do in the 50. In the 100, she gained a little time, but still had her second best time ever, which is a learning experience. I will be very excited to watch her continue to grow into her senior year."
"It was a great opportunity," said Albrecht about his state meet experience. "Even though the meet didn't go as planned, the learning experience was a great one. I hope to be back next year and hope to reach the winner's podium."
"Although I'm not a dive coach, last year I know he was just shy of the state meet as a freshman, and this year as a sophomore he placed 16th," said Marlow. "I think this is such an accomplishment.
"I got to see his last two dives at the state meet and was very impressed. I know he will continue to improve as a diver as the years progress, and I am excited to see that progression."
Upper Arlington won the Division I girls team title, Cincinnati St. Xavier won the Division I boys crown and Hawken was the Division II girls and boys champion.