Boys swim team holds on to victory |

Boys swim team holds on to victory

by Donnie Nelson

The Douglas High School swimming teams got off to a fast start Friday, battling McQueen straight up in the season opener at the Carson Valley Swim Center.

The boys team jumped out to a 55-39 lead after five events and held on for a 105-100 victory. The Tigers won all three relays and four of the eight individual events contested.

The girls team scored well in seven events but came up short, 153-119.

All in all, it was a good opportunity for Douglas’ young swimmers to get some meet experience and for the veterans to work on their conditioning in off events.

On the boys side, Douglas won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:50.9, the 200 freestyle relay in 1:54.1 and the meet-ending 400 freestyle relay in 3:54.

McQueen tied the score at 95-all when it picked up 18 points in the meet’s final individual event, the 100 breaststroke. The Tigers went with their guns in the final relay and won the race by more than eight seconds. The scoring was based on an 8-6-5-4-3-2-1 format.

Elliott Kolbe won the 200 freestyle (1:48.8) and 100 butterfly (55.4). Bobby Nix won the 50 freestyle (25.2) and Tom Wion took the 100 breaststroke (1:12.40).

Peter Keegan finished second in the 200 individual medley (2:23.1) and 100 backstroke (1:06.7). Robert Smith placed third in the 50 freestyle (27.8) and 100 butterfly (1:12.9) and Baird placed third in the 100 freestyle (1:08.6).

Douglas scored at least 10 points in four of the individual events, including 18 in the 50 freestyle.

The Tigers won five individual events on the girls side, led by Charlene Rigdon’s two victories.

Rigdon won the 50 freestyle (25.4) and 100 backstroke (1:00.6). Katie Carlson won the 200 freestyle (2:07.6), Brittany Reichardt won the 200 individual medley (2:13.9) and Kristin Garzapena won the 100 breaststroke (1:20.2).

Also for Douglas, Ellen Lillegard finished second in the 500 freestyle (6:04.7) and Laura Swart placed third in the 100 breaststroke (1:23.5).

Douglas is scheduled to compete in a dual meet against Galena today at the Northwest Pool in Reno beginning at 1:15 p.m. The Tigers’ next home meet is April 10 when Carson pays a visit to the Valley.

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