Koontz swims to more records
August 15, 2014
Shelby Koontz is riding a hot streak for the Douglas Dolfins swim team right now.
Koontz turned in another record-setting performance, this time at the Dolfins-hosted High Country League Short-Course Championships held last weekend. She logged gold medal finishes in four events — three of which resulted in meet and team 15-16 age group records — during a meet that drew 430 swimmers Friday through Sunday to the Carson Valley Swim Center.
This was coming off a strong showing one week before at the USA Swimming Western Zone Championships in Clovis, Calif., where Koontz set a meet record in the 100 butterfly in addition to three team age group records. This time, she came back to altitude and set records in three distance races, including the 400-yard individual medley, 500 freestyle and the 1,650 freestyle.
Koontz won the girls 15-18 age group 400 IM in 4:31.98, the 500 freestyle in 5:12.80 and went 18:03.40 in the mile, setting meet and team records in each of those races. She also captured first-place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:15.53. She also combined with Savannah Chappell, Emma Gray and Jordan Knowles to place second in the 400 freestyle relay
Reno Aquatics scored 4,156.50 points to edge Lakeride by 51 points for the team championship. The Dolfins took third-place as a team with 3,333 points.
Other Dolfins were solid at the High Country meet, including:
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■ Josh Smithen finished second in the 15-and-over boys age group high-point trophy race with 138 pts, including second-place swims in 400 IM and 200 backstroke. Ryan Chen finished sixth with 99 points, Joe Sullivan finished seventh with 96 points (he placed second in the 50 freestyle), Logan Killion finished 80 points (he placed second in the 200 butterfly) and Justin Hight 10th with 77 points. CJ Hill-Holeman, Chen, Killion and Smithen combined to win the 400 freestyle relay.
■ Gray took third-place in the 15-and-over girls age group with 113 points (she placed second in 200 IM and 100 butterfly, and first in the 50 freestyle). Knowles finished ninth with 87 points (she won the 100 and 200 butterfly).
■ Joey Smithen finished fourth in the 13-14 boys age group with 132 points (he placed second in the 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 breaststroke and 50 freestyle). Sebastian Zeron finished seventh with 105 points (he placed second in the 100 freestyle and first in the 50 freestyle). Taylor Knowles finished ninth with 99 points. Smithen, Knowles, Daniel Taylor and Gabe Hirt placed second in the 400 freestyle relay.
■ Taylor Sullivan finished seventh in the 13-14 girls with 106 points and Kaila Duffy 10th with 91 points.
■ Michael Schaan finished fourth in the 11-12 boys with 146 points (he placed second in the 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 100 IM, and 50 freestyle).
Remy Hill-Holeman finished ninth with 97 points.
■ Nikki Jackson finished seventh in the 11-12 girls with 87.50 points.
■ Sofia Delange tied for 10th in the 9-10 girls with 65 points.
■ Connor Schaan finished second in the 7-8 boys with 138 points (he placed first in the 50 butterfly and second in the 25 freestyle). Matthew Yturbide finished ninth with 52 points.
■ Caitlin Taylor finished fourth in the 6-and-under girls with 52 points (she placed first in the 50 freestyle).