Shelby Koontz already had one meet and three Douglas Dolfins team records in hand Sunday night as she prepared for one last race at the USA Swimming Western Zone Senior Championships in Clovis, Calif.
And she capped off the five-day meet in a big way by swimming to first-place in the 100-meter butterfly with a meet record time of 1 minute, 1.47 seconds during a long course championship meet that featured swimmers from 13 western states. Her time was nearly two seconds faster than the meet record she set during the prelims earlier that morning, according to Kat Matheson, the Dolfins’ head coach.
“She only had seven minutes recovery from the breaststroke, so I just told her to swim aggressively,” Matheson said. “I said, ‘Let’s make sure to set a record that’s going to be hard to break for a while.’ And she just had an outstanding swim.”
Koontz, who is heading into her junior year at Douglas High School, had set meet and team records with her 1:03.14 effort in the prelims. Shaelin Morefield held the previous team record.
Koontz also placed second on Saturday in the 200 individual medley (2:21.0) and ninth on Thursday in the 200 butterfly (2:18.96). Both times set team records, plus she qualified to swim in all three events at the Junior National Championships this December in North Carolina.
The success is significant considering Koontz is expanding her range after winning regional championships for Douglas High School in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle the last two years (she won state in the 100 freestyle as a freshman in 2013).
“We’ve been working on this all summer,” Matheson said.
Two other Dolfins team members, Savannah Chappell and Kaela Forvilly, also competed at Clovis. Chappell improved her times in the 400 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and also logged her best time for the 100 breaststroke in a time trial.
The Dolfins host their own High Country Invitational Short Course Championships Friday through Sunday at the Carson Valley Swim Center. Competition begins at 8:30 a.m. each day.