Valley swimming records fall |

Valley swimming records fall

Special to The R-C

The Douglas Dolfins swim team’s record-breaking streak of the past two years continued undiminished through the final quarter of 2010.

Since October, Dolfins swimmers broke 14 Carson Valley age-group swimming records – some multiple times, several dating to the 1990s or before – in competition ranging from the local to national levels.

There were several first-time record holders among the group.

Leading the way for the Dolfins was veteran Shelby Koontz, who broke eight 11-12 age group records over the past three months.

In the process, Shelby became the youngest Carson Valley swimmer ever to qualify for open National Sectional competition, by swimming the 50 yard freestyle in 25.22 seconds at the October King of the Hill meet in Carson City.

Shelby also claimed new Carson Valley records in the 100 and 200 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 100 butterfly, and the 100, 200, and 400 individual medley events.

Three of these records were set at the Pacific Swimming Senior Open Championships December 10-12 in Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Also setting new records at Senior Championships were Kyle Johnston, who swam the 500 yard freestyle in 4:57.41 to set a 15-16 age group record, Sarah Koontz who broke the 17-18 record for the mile (1,650 yard freestyle) with a time of 18:51.28, and the 200 yard medley relay team of Janosch Lancaster, Cameron Morefield, Kyle Johnston, and TJ Smithen with a new 15-16 record of 1:50.78.

Two Dolfins ladies set new team records in open competition at the National Western Zone Gold Sectional Championships in Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 17-21. This meet brings together about 1200 of the top swimmers of any age from all of California and Nevada, this year including 2008 Olympic hero Jason Lezak.

Undaunted by their first time at this new level of competition, Dolfins Mary Smithen and Shaelin Morefield swam 100 percent best times in three events each.

Shaelin Morefield finished 80th in a field of 105 swimmers in the 400 IM to set a new 13-14 team record of 4:41.05, and also lowered the team record in 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.55. Mary Smithen finished a strong 55th out of 200-plus swimmers in 50 freestyle, and set a new 15-16 team record of 53.88 in the 100 freestyle.

With Shelby Koontz and Meagan Skilling also qualifying for Sectionals, the Dolfins ladies should have a national level relay to contend with at the summer Sectional meet in Clovis, Calif., next July.

All Carson Valley swimming and diving records are posted and updated on the Douglas Dolfins’ web site at