They're getting faster. And they usually do in the early part of February.
Area swimmers completed the first leg of the postseason run to the state championships in the Division I and II sectional meets on Saturday at the Hawk-Bucci Natatorium at Fremont Ross.
In all, 11 area swimmers broke sectional records with Port Clinton establishing five new marks and Perkins setting four.
The top time in each of the two divisions automatically qualifies for the district meet next weekend at Bowling Green State University. The rest of the field is filled out with at-large berths from the various sectional sites in the Northwest District.
"It went quite well for us. We're pleased with the results," Perkins coach Steve Cremean said of the meet. "We had high success rates in what we hoped they would do well in."
Cremean said he had pleasant surprises in races, but "time will tell to see who qualified to districts" when at-large berths are announced today.
The new records Perkins set were:
• Kim Anglin, Jill Chapman, Camille Cremean and Sadie Ahlers in the girls 200 medley relay in 1:55.23. The previous record was 1:57.23 set by Perkins in 2007.
• Cremean in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.42, which topped Taylor Waggoner's 1:00.82 from 2009.
• Anglin's 1:02.97 in the 100 backstroke that broke the 1:03.07 from Perkins' Monica Bressler in 2007.
• Kevin Bressler in the 100 breaststroke, topping a 1:04.33 from former teammate Jonathan Harris in 2009.
Perkins had the second-most points in the girls meet with 524.5 behind Fremont's 558. Three of the 13 teams -- Ross, Sandusky and Marion -- competed in Division I, with the other 10 swimming for points in Division II. On the boys side, the Blue Streaks had the second-most points with 347, and Oak Harbor had the most of any Division II school with 342 -- the third most in the boys standings.
The Port Clinton swimmers to set new marks were:
• Allie Reynolds in the 200 freestyle in 1:59.19 to best Bechtel's 2:04.40.
• MacKenzie Stewart in the 200 IM in 2:11.17, breaking the mark set by Stephanie Gyurke (2:11.52) from 2009.
• Reynolds in the 100 freestyle in 54.35. Sydney Craig, now a senior at Margaretta, set the old mark of 56.42 in 2009.
• Stewart in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.93, which broke her own record of 1:08.51 from 2009.
• Cheyenne Meek, Stewart, Ashley Zoeller and Reynolds in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:44.56. That broke the mark of 3:46.96 from Perkins in 2009.
Sandusky set one new meet record:
• Taylor Vargo in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.31, breaking the mark of 2:04.40 from 2007 by Katie Bechtel.
Margaretta's Tyler Beekman broke former teammate Dan Gearhart's diving record by scoring a 367.45 in Friday's diving competition. Gearhart had 341.45 in 2009.
Perkins' Kori Penrod (349.65) and Sandusky's Eve London (287.70) also won the diving competition in their divisions for autmatic district berths.
Vargo also made it out in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.68), the event in which she won a state title a year ago.
The Perkins boys will send their 200 medley relay (Drew Biro, Bressler, Michael Kessler and Connor Phares), which swam a 1:47.33. Bressler made it out in the 200 freestyle (1:55.38), Kessler in the 200 IM (2:06.36) and 100 butterfly (55.78).
Gyurke is also headed in the 500 (5:16.14), and the 200 freestyle relay (Chapman, Gyurke, Emily Mariea, Ahlers) made it with a 1:41.36.
Craig nabbed a first-place result for the Polar Bears in the 50 freestyle (25.09).
Port Clinton's Josh Scott qualified in the 50 (22.93), the 100 (50.58), and swam the anchor for the 200 freestyle relay (Michael Long, Christain Raff, Cody Gray and Scott) that turned in a 1:34.50. The 400 freestyle relay (Long, Raff, Tyler Scott and Josh Scott) earned a district spot with a 3:32.62. Long also advanced in the 100 backstroke (58.75).
Oak Harbor's Ian Rhodes earned a berth in the 500, posting a 5:20.34.
"I think the swam well -- boys and girls all around," Oak Harbor coach Andrea Sorg said. "There were good swims from kids we felt would swim fast, and fast swims from kids we thought would have them next week. Hopefully it's an indication of next week.
"Some boys had the swims of their lives,' Sorg said, "and it's fun to watch and be a part of that."