Dolfins qualify for Washington invite
With their sights set on preparing for a major meet next month in Washington, eight Douglas Dolfins Swim Team members competed at the Pacific Swimming Senior II Trials and Finals Meet hosted by the Walnut Creek AquaBears in Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Kaila Duffy, Kaela Forvilly, Taylor Sullivan, Sebastian Zeron, Savannah Chappell, Shelby Koontz, Ryan Chen and Joe Sullivan competed in the three-day meet that concluded on Sunday
For the Dolfins, this was a tuneup for the 67th annual Husky Invitational, which will be held on Jan. 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.
Koontz, 17, who recently signed her national-letter-of-intent to swim at Indiana University, was right on AAA pace as she took first-place in the 200 IM finals with a new team 17-18 girls record time of 2:06.22, placed second in the 100 butterfly finals and third in the 100 breaststroke finals.
Duffy, 16, had a stellar meet in which she improved in four of her five events and achieved two new Husky Invitational qualifying times. Her first qualifying time came in the 200-yard butterfly prelims, where she improved by 3.09 seconds with a time of 2:13.32 and then placed seventh in the finals with a 2:14.54. Her next qualifying time was in the 200 individual medley finals, where she dropped 5.10 seconds and placed third with a time of 2:16.90. Duffy improved .90 in the 100 breaststroke prelims for a new A time of 1:15.13, and improved by 4.13 seconds in the 400 IM prelims with another new A time of 5:03.54.
Forvilly, 16, took on three events, highlighted by a strong performance in the 100 freestyle.
Sullivan, 15, competed in four races and dropped 4.21 seconds in the 400 IM prelims with a time of 4:55.13, right on A pace.
Zeron, 16, achieved a new A time of 1:54.21 in the 200 freestyle prelims, dropping 4.98 seconds, and was just off his best time in the 50 freestyle.
Chappell, 17, tried her hand at seven events and took off 10.13 seconds in the 1,000 freestyle in a new AA time of 11:14.43. She was also just .15 off her best 100 breaststroke time.
Chen, 17, improved in two of his three events with a drop of .62 in the 100 freestyle prelims and .10 in the 100 breaststroke prelims.
Sullivan, 17, placed fourth in the 200 backstroke finals after taking off 2.40 seconds from his best time in the prelims.
While their older teammates competed in California, a group of younger Dolfins had success at the Carson City December Distance Pentathalon.
Sydney Ingram, 8, took on six events and improved by .89 in the 50 freestyle, plus she set a time to beat of 4:48.36 in her first 200 freestyle, good for eighth-place. She also took off 10.50 seconds in the 50 backstroke and 4.47 in the 100 IM.
Todd Gosselin, 9, placed eighth in the 100 freestyle, fourth in the 100 backstroke, where he improved by 7.46 seconds, sixth in the 100 breaststroke, fifth in his first 100 butterfly and sixth in the 200 IM.
Matt Yturbide, 10, competed in five races and dropped 7.08 seconds in the 100 breaststroke and set a time to beat in his first 200 IM.
Peyton Bratcher, 11, took on four events in his first meet, achieved times to beat in the 100 and 200 freestyle races, 100 breaststroke and 200 IM.
Sofia DeLange, 11, improved in four of her five swims, including the 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, where she dropped 6.80 seconds, 100 butterfly taking off 9.68 seconds, and the 200 IM.
Anna Northcutt, 12, competed in seven events and placed seventh in the 200 freestyle, seventh in the 200 IM, with an improvement of 4.62 seconds, and third in the 400 IM, taking off 1:10.88 with a new B time of 6:06.70. Northcutt also dropped 1.37 in the 100 backstroke, 7.31 in the 100 breaststroke and 1.15 in the 100 butterfly.
Jesse LoPresto, 11, tried his hand at three races, took off .38 in the 100 freestyle.
Jack Stevenson, 12, placed eighth in the 100 freestyle and shaved off .04 in the 100 breaststroke. He also had big time improvements of 20.64 seconds in the 100 butterfly and 58.59 seconds in the 200 IM.
Cooper Yturbide, 11, competed in five races and dropped 48.31 seconds in the 100 butterfly.
Justin LoPresto, 13, placed eighth in the 50 freestyle, eighth in the 200 freestyle, with an improvement of 10.52 seconds, ninth in his first 200 backstroke and eighth in the 200 breaststroke.