DHS dominates at breaststroke
You could say the Tigers own the breaststroke.
Douglas High School’s Elliott Kolbe and Brittany Reichardt raced to wins in the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday in the NIAA/U.S. Bank 4A State Swimming Championships at the Lombardi Recreation Center on the campus of the University of Nevada.
Kolbe, a senior, survived a unfortunate incident 37 meters into the first race and came back even stronger after a restart to win going away. Reichardt, a sophomore, cruised to another impressive victory, picking up her second gold medal in as many years.
The Douglas boys finished 11th in the team race with 16 points courtesy of Kolbe’s win in the 100 breaststroke (58.84) and second-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:43.91, a personal best by four seconds).
The Douglas girls finished eighth in the team race with 28 points behind Reichardt’s victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.35) and third in the 200 I.M. (2:10.26). Charlene Rigdon, a freshman, added big points to the girls team score with a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke (58.39) and third-place showing in the 50 freestyle (25.15).
Kolbe’s victory required plenty of patience.
He got a quick start off the blocks and held a half body-length lead at the first flip turn at 25 yards. However, a cord fell into the water and stopped all competitors half way back down the pool.
The athletes were returned to the starting blocks and given a few minutes to rest and gather themselves before a restart.
Kolbe got off to another great start the second time around, building a full body-length lead after the first lap. He turned at 50 yards in 27.8 seconds and at 75 yards in 43.4. By the time Kolbe made his final push off for the homestretch, he was clear from the rest of the field and simply racing the clock.
Reichardt was equally impressive in her win. She hit the 50-yard split in 31.5 seconds, leaving the rest of the eight-member field in her wake.
Rigdon turned in 25-yard splits of 13.8, 14.5, 15.1 and 15.8 in the backstroke and 12.4 and 12.7 in the freestyle sprint.
Reichardt turned in splits of 28.9 in the butterfly, 35.1 in the backstroke, 34.7 in the breaststroke and 31.6 in the freestyle in her medley.
In his 200 freestyle race, Kolbe passed the 50 mark in 24.3, the 100 mark in 50.9 and the 150 mark in 1:17.1.
There were no signs of tentativeness on the Carson High girls swimming and diving team on the way up to Reno on Saturday morning.
The Carson girls, all five of them, met the challenge. Dana Baum and Julie Hardt won two individual events each and helped Carson set meet records in all three relays to lead a wave that carried the Senators past Reno by a 102-73 margin for the girls team championship.
The state title was the second straight for Carson and the sixth in seven years.
Baum set a meet record while winning the 100-yard freestyle (52.52), plus she anchored the record-setting 200 medley (1:41.07) and 400 freestyle (3:37.44) relay teams. Hardt blazed to victory in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. She was also a member of the 400 freestyle relay and swam on a 200 medley relay team that won in a meet record 1:52.62.
The tone was set early when Carson’s girls won the first race of the day – the 200 medley relay. Freshman Jessie Hong opened with a 28.94 split for her 50-yard backstroke leg, Fischer followed with a 31.27 in the breaststroke, Lyndi Oxoby turned a 27.82 split in the butterfly and Hardt brought the Senators home with a 24.49 freestyle split.
Baum was back in the water minutes later for the 200 freestyle and led start to finish on her way to winning in a time of 1:52.11. Next up, Hardt came from behind to win the 200 individual medley in 2:06.35.
Hardt showed that while leading the 500 freestyle all the way in 5:01.98, a win that pulled Carson even with Reno in the team standings.
The Senators took the lead for good when Oxoby, Fischer, Hong and Baum combined to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:41.07.
Carson was the official winner in the 400 freestyle relay in a meet record time, but only after Reno (3:35.37) was disqualified after team members committed a rules infraction by diving into the water while the race was still in progress.
“I felt bad for the Reno girls because they deserved to win that race, but the nice thing was that even without the disqualification, we would have still finished on top (in the team standings),” Huffmire said. “You can win by a point or 29 points, it doesn’t matter.”
Carson didn’t win any gold medals on the boys side of the competition, but the Senators did score 79 points to finish third in the team standings (Reno won with 105 points). Evan Fischer placed third in both the 200 I.M. (1:56.72) and 100 breaststroke (1:00.02) while Josh Newman took third in the 100 backstroke (54.21) and 50 freestyle (22.33). Sophomore Ryan Costella also placed fourth in the 100 butterfly (55.88) and fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:58.02).
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