Dolfins show progress at Arizona meet
Special to The R-C
An eight-member Douglas Dolfins Swim Team contingent showed consistent improvement last weekend at the Arizona Holiday Festival Championship Meet in Tempe, Ariz.
Senior event qualifiers Lily Bickmore, Taylor Sullivan, Kaila Duffy, Emma Gray, Ryan Chen, Joe Sullivan, Logan Killion and Andre Mendes joined members of the Reno Aquatic Club to compete in the three-day meet held at Arizona State University’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.
Hanna George, who recently moved to Arizona, also represented the Dolfins in the girls 13-14 age group races.
Dolfins coach Kat Matheson said that swimming on the college campus was motivational and inspiring for team members who are setting their sights on swimming in college. As a bonus, she noted the Dolfins especially enjoyed the warm weather and opportunity to observe the Arizona State swim team practice.
Joe Sullivan, Chen, Killion and Mendes placed eighth in the 400-yard freestyle relay, with Mendes swimming a 48.91 final leg.
Mendes also placed fourth in the Senior level 100 backstroke finals with a time of 53.03, breaking his own team record by .36 of a second.
George improved in each of her events, dropping .49 in the 50 freestyle in a time of 26.81 for 29th place. She also improved by 1.78 seconds in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.98 and 31st place, 5 seconds in the 100 butterfly in 1:07.99 for 33rd place and 2.46 seconds in the 50 backstroke time trials bonus event.
Bickmore showed improvement in the 200 freestyle, where she dropped 1.88 seconds with a time of 2:16.5. She also took off 2.89 seconds in the 100 butterfly, .87 in the 50 butterfly and finished 26th in the 200 butterfly.
Taylor Sullivan showed 100 percent improvement, dropping .11 in the 100 breaststroke, .37 in the 50 freestyle, 5.53 seconds in the 400 individual medley, 3.59 seconds in the 200 breaststroke, .84 in the 50 breaststroke to place 21st and 1.14 seconds in the 100 freestyle.
Duffy improved by 3.08 seconds in the 400 IM and .66 in the 100 butterfly. She dropped 1.17 seconds in the 50 butterfly preliminaries with a time of 28.75, and then placed 16th in the finals with a time of 29.40. She also dropped 2.01 seconds in the 100 freestyle, 6.18 seconds in the 50 breaststroke bonus event, and a huge 8.73 seconds in the 200 butterfly.
Gray placed 19th in the 200 backstroke finals, taking off 2.11 seconds with a time of 2:16.29. She also improved by 1.55 seconds in the 100 backstroke, .56 in the 100 butterfly, .57 in the 200 IM and .52 in the 100 freestyle.
Sullivan, Bickmore, Duffy and Gray also teamed up to swim a 4:03.46 in the 400 freestyle relay.
Joe Sullivan was strong in the 50 freestyle, where he placed 21st with a time of 23.01 and took off .08. He improved by .54 in the 100 backstroke, .23 in the 100 freestyle, 3.48 seconds in the 100 butterfly bonus event and 1.68 seconds in the 50 backstroke prelims with a time of 27.31. He then placed 15th in the 50 backstroke finals in 28.12.
Chen dropped 2.53 seconds in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.85, 3.72 seconds in the 200 IM, 4.88 seconds in the 50 butterfly bonus event and .46 in the 100 freestyle.
Killion swam with 100 percent improvement in his individual events, dropping .73 in the 100 butterfly, 2.73 seconds in the 500 freestyle, 1.20 seconds in the 100 backstroke bonus event and .29 in the 100 freestyle.
In addition to setting a boys 17-18 team record in the 100 backstroke, Mendes dropped .5 in the 100 butterfly prelims in 53.86 and aced 14th in the finals in 54.30. He also placed seventh in the 200 IM finals in 2:01.31, after swimming a 2:00.28 in preliminaries, and placed 23rd in the 100 freestyle finals.
Mendes, Chen, Killion and Sullivan also placed 11th in the 400 medley relay in 3:55.23.