Six hours of training Dec. 28 and 29 will introduce at least some of the Upper Arlington High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams to Branin Natatorium, the site of the state meet since 1976.
For many of the Golden Bears, the facility is a second home. The girls team returns nine state qualifiers, and the boys bring back five.
Senior Katie Trace, the defending Division I girls state champion in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, doesn't get as nervous there as she used to. Not only is she a three-time state qualifier, but she also competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400 individual medley this past summer in Omaha, Nebraska.