Douglas does well at swim contest |

Douglas does well at swim contest

by Dave Price

The Carson High quartet of Lyndi Oxoby, Rebecca Fischer, Julie Hardt and Dana Baum combined to break the girls 400-yard freestyle relay record at the Northern 4A zone swimming and diving championships Saturday.

Obliterate would be a better description, actually.

In the next-to-last race of the meet at the University of Nevada’s Lombardi Recreation Center, Carson’s 400 freestyle relay team outlasted Reno to win in a time of 3:37.63. It was a time that shattered the meet record by five seconds, a performance that capped off a successful day for the Senators.

Reno repeated its zone team girls and boys championships of last year, using its depth to roll up 393 and 477 points in the respective divisions. Carson finished second in the girls team standings with 344 points and the boys were third with 326 points, just 16 behind runner-up Reed.

The top four finishers in each event from the Northern and Southern zone meets advanced to the NIAA/U.S. Bank State Championships next Saturday at the University of Nevada.

Carson wasn’t alone in setting meet records Saturday. Douglas received a record performance from freshman Charlene Rigdon, who won the girls 100 backstroke in a zone record time of 58.88, while sophomore teammate Brittany Reichardt equaled her own meet record to win the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.84. Rigdon also won the 50 freestyle in 25.24.

“They both went into their races really focused. They were looking for those (records),” Douglas coach Don Luikart said.

Douglas’ Elliott Kolbe broke out fast then turned back late challenges from Carson’s Evan Fisher and Seth Meyer to win the 100 breaststroke in 59.40, just shy of a meet record. Kolbe passed the midway mark in a fast 27 seconds.

“He wanted the record and he almost got it,” Luikart said of fast start by Seattle University-bound Kolbe. “You go out hard and establish yourself then try to hold onto the stroke as best you can.”

Douglas notes: Katie Carlson lowered her personal best by two seconds in the 100 butterfly with a 1:04.91 during Friday’s trials. Carlson placed ninth in the finals in 1:06.25 and later took sixth in the 100 breaststroke finals in 1:12.61 … Reichardt, who has qualified for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 breaststroke, placed third in an exciting 200 I.M. race with a 2:10.78 – she used her strength in the breaststroke to charge into the lead but was unable to to hold off Carson’s Julie Hardt (who is headed to the Goodwill Games this summer) and Bishop Manogue’s Rachelle Carano in the freestyle dash to the finish. Reichardt’s goal at state this Saturday is 2:09, a mark that will qualify for junior nationals… For whatever it’s worth, Douglas experienced some misfortune Friday when, due to a misunderstanding, the entry cards for all of the relay teams were turned in after deadline – and not allowed. It was unfortunate because Luikart had hopes that the girls and boys 200 medley and 200 freestyle teams would qualify for state.

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