Dolfins swim to fast times at Husky invite
A quartet of high school-age Douglas Dolfins Swim Team members turned in solid performances on a big stage last weekend at the 68th annual Husky Invitational in Federal Way, Wash.
Justin Hight, Taylor Knowles, Kaila Duffy and Joe Sullivan competed in a three-day meet that showcased collegiate level swimmers at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center. The meet was hosted by the University of Washington’s Husky Swimming Foundation.
Three of the four Dolfins logged personal best times, according to coach Kat Matheson.
“It was a very fast meet which provided great swimming opportunities,” she noted. “Swimming against college level swimmers inspires our athletes.”
Duffy, 17, clocked a time of 55.99 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle, 2:03.19 in the 200 freestyle and 2:19.93 in the 200 butterfly.
“Kaila’s goal was to break 56 so she’s happy with that swim,” Matheson said of Duffy’s effort in the 100 freestyle.
Hight, 17, turned personal best times in the 200 freestyle (1:48.41) and 100 butterfly (54.93). He also went 49.40 in the 100 freestyle.
Knowles, 15, sped to a 2:01.18 in the 200 backstroke that approached the team 15-16 age group record of 2:00.26 set by Kyle Johnston in 2011.
“His race was fantastic,” Matheson said of Knowles, who improved his previous best time for the event by 2.6 seconds.
Sullivan, 18, went 50.47 in the 100 freestyle despite missing two weeks of practice while recovering from a bout with respiratory illness.
Sullivan clocked a 56.38 in the 100 butterfly at the Nevada State Short Course Championships on Nov. 10 in Henderson.
“All in all, his performance was solid,” Matheson said of Sullivan. “He, too, has a goal. He has gone a 21.4 in his 50 free for our relays and he’s shooting for that time in an individual race.”