Swimming: Dolfins compete at state swim meet

The 2007 Nevada State Short Course Swimming Championships were held in Carson City in January.

There were many swimmers from the Douglas Dolfins swim team who achieved the qualifying times in order to compete in the meet.

The four-day meet included teams from all over the state. The four-day meet included teams from all over the state. The top 16 finishes in each event scored points for the team score.

Swimming for the 8 and under girls, Shelby Koontz, Lindsey Johnston and Savannah Stewart all had excellent races. Koontz placed first in the 50 breaststroke and 25 butterfly.

In the 9-10 girls events, Shaelin Morefield, Erica Chappell and Alisha Ross all swam very fast and acheived new best times in most races. Morefield finished in the top nine of all her events, including a fifth-place in the 50 backstroke.

Swimming in the 11-12 girls age group, Mary Smithen, Meagan Skilling, Taylor Killion and Jin yuchen all respresented their team well with outstanding swims.

The girls pulled together to earn a seventh-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay and an eighth-place finish in the 200 medley relay.

The 11-12 girls acheived many best times and some top finishes as well. Smithen took eighth in the 50 freestyle and top 12 in four other events.

The 13-14 girls from Douglas proved to be very competitive. Haley Von Schottenstein, Sarah Koontz and Paula Sigala all acheived best times in the group.

Von Schottenstein took fourth in the 50 free, fifth in the 100 fly and placed in the top 16 of her remaining events.

Koontz took 11th in the 1,000 free and 13th in the 1,650 free.

Swimming for Douglas in the 15-18 age group, Katie O'Neill, Sara Sigala, Josefina Sigala and Whitney Simpson all took part in a variety of individual and relay events.

Rebecca Chappell and Cassie Parr competed in the relays.

O'Neill took eighth in the 200 butterfly and finished in the top 16 in two other races. Josefina Sigala took 13th in the 100 breaststroke and 12th in the 200 breaststroke.

Swimming in the 8 and under boys for Douglas, Josh Kessler had an outstanding meet, especially with his sixth-place finish in the 25 breaststroke.

Douglas had a number of strong swims in the 11-2 boys group as Cameron Morefield, Kyle Johnston, Shawn Kessler, John McRae and Sam Ansel all turned in fast times.

Morefield finished in the top 16 in the 50 free and 100 free. Johnston finished in the top 16 in the 200 free and 50 backstroke and McRae had a strong wim in hi 500 free.

Kessler, Morefield, Ansel and Johnston raced to a seventh-place finish in the 200 medley relay and the same team minus Ansel and plus McRae took fourth in the 200 free relay.

Racing their way through the state meet in the 13-14 age group, Christopher Bergstrom and Ben Syang turned in some fast times. Bergstrom took 15th in the 50 free, 13th in the 200 IM and 13th in the 200 breaststroke.

Marco Hyman competed for Douglas in the 15-18 age group. Hyman swam well in his freestyle and backstroke events. As the lone representative for this age group in a highly competitive field, he held his own.


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