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Swim and dive streaks continue

Two win streaks were continued Friday by the Douglas High School girls and boys swimming and diving teams swept through a Northern Division I league double dual meet.

The Douglas girls outdistanced Damonte Ranch by a 214-89 score and bested Reed 237-37 during competition held at the Carson Aquatic Facility in Carson City. At the same time, the Tigers’ boys defeated Reed 215-99 and Damonte Ranch 240-0.

In the process, Douglas extended its streak of league dual meet victories — the girls team has won 49 straight and the boys have won 34 in a row. The Douglas girls are also the two-time defending Northern Division I region champions while the boys finished second at the 2013 region meet.

Needless to say, those streaks are important to the Tigers.

“We’re not losing,” said senior Janosch Lancaster, who won the 100-yard breaststroke and swam on two first-place relay teams. “I think this is the strongest we’ve been in the four years I’ve been here. We’re really confident and I think that confidence fuels us to do more.”

And yes, they have other long-range goals as well.

“We’re shooting for regionals,” Lancaster said. “We were shy by about three points last year, but our goal is to win it this time.”

Among the individual highlights Friday, Adam Dack was a double winner in the 200 freestyle (1:59.82) and 500 freestyle (5:18.16), in addition to swimming legs for the Tigers’ first-place 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. His time in the 200 was a personal record and his 500 was a season best by more than seven seconds (five seconds off his personal record).

“I’m real happy with that time,” Dack said. “Right now, it’s the second fastest time (in the North).”

Kevin Smithen was a winner in the 100 backstroke (1:01.34) and 200 IM (2:17.83), plus he swam for the first-place 200 medley relay team.

Lancaster won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.20) plus he was a member of the Tigers’ first-place 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Freshman Joe Sullivan won the 100 freestyle with a fast time of 53.46.

On the girls side, Shelby Koontz was a double winner in the 200 individual medley (2:15.42) and 100 backstroke (1:03.59).

Senior Erica Chappell won the 200 freestyle (2:06.44) while Savannah Chappell won the 500 freestyle (5:35.44) and swam a leg for the Tigers’ first-place 200 medley relay team. Erica Chappell also placed second in the 100 backstroke (1:09.66). Freshman Kaila Duffy placed second in the 500 freestyle with a personal best time of 5:49.66.

In the diving competition, Jordan White took second-place (third overall) with a score of 148.60 points for six dives. Tay Simms placed fourth, Zachary Ingrey fifth and Garret Seward seventh for the Tigers. Lindsey Johnston placed second in the girls diving (fourth overall) with 154.95 points and Amanda Castro took fourth-place.

The objective right now, according to coach Sarah Davenport, is to prepare for the regional meet in May.

“We’re just trying to get the kids to swim all the events to see where they stand for regionals,” Davenport said. “We want to get as many kids qualified as we can ... our goal is to qualify 40 boys and girls combined, and right now we have 33.”

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