The Northern Nevada Invitational on Saturday in Carson City provided some new and different opportunities for the Douglas High swimming and diving team.
There was no pressure to score team points, which provided an opportunity for the athletes to focus on preparation for the rest of the season, and more.
“It was a new format that has never been used and it was just for fun, no points,” Douglas coach Sarah Davenport said. “I divided the team into the two divisions depending on if they had regional cuts or not. I let all swimmers choose what they wanted to swim.”
Douglas capped off its day by sweeping first-place in both the boys and girls 400-yard freestyle relay races at the Carson Aquatic Facility. The boys team of Joe Sullivan, Adam Dack, Kevin Smithen and Janosch Lancaster combined to win with a 3:32.58 clocking, 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Carson. The girls quartet of Shaelin Morefield, Kalia Duffy, Erica Chappell and Shelby Koontz won in 3:57.62.
Douglas also won the girls 200 freestyle relay as the team of Duffy, Jordan Knowles, Emma Gray and Koontz clocked a 1:48.33.
Koontz sped to first-place in the 100 butterfly in 59.25, while Morefield placed second in 1:00.38. Koontz was also a winner in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.45.
Another highlight for Douglas was Smithen, who placed second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.77, a time that would have been fast enough to place third at last year’s region meet. Smithen finished close behind Truckee’s Alex Straw (55.85), who won gold medals in the 200 IM and 100 breatstroke at the 2013 I-A state meet.
The Douglas 200 medley relay team of Lancaster, Sullivan, Kevin and Josh Smithen placed second in 1:48.46. The Tigers clocked a 1:41.63 in the boys 200 freestyle relay with Andy Esparza, Ryan Chen, Justin Hight and Josh Smithen. Douglas is the defending region champion in the 200 freestyle relay.
There were also highlights for the Tigers in the diving competition held in Minden at the Carson Valley Swim Center. For the boys Jordan White captured second-place, Tay Simms fourth, Zachary Ingery fifth and Cameron Fricke ninth. On the girls side, Lindsey Johnston placed third, Amanda Castro fifth and Annalisa Neal eighth.