Douglas girls, boys continue win streaks in season opener
Two impressive win streaks continued on Saturday when the Douglas High girls and boys swimming and diving teams opened their conference season at the Carson Valley Swim Center.
Both teams swept their sides of a double dual meet to extend win streaks that date more than a decade. The Douglas girls have won 80 straight conference meets and the boys have won 64 straight.
On the girls side, Douglas defeated Reed 222-29 and North Valleys 223-48. The boys won 226-73 over Reed and 239-56 over North Valleys.
Galena bested North Valleys, 231-63 in the boys dual and 161-73 on the girls side.
The regular season ends in May when the Northern 4A Region Championships and state meets are held. The Douglas girls are five-time defending region champions and the boys have won three straight titles.
Senior Joe Sullivan helped lead the Tigers as he won the 200-yard freestyle (2:00.34) and 100 freestyle (50.57). Justin Hight and Joey Smithen went 1-2 in the 100 butterfly with respective times of 56.20 and 57.27.
Hight won the 100 backstroke (59.19), followed by teammates Taylor Knowles (1:04.72) and Hunter Richardson (1:07.70).
Knowles, a sophomore, took first-place in the 500 freestyle (5:19.46, 22 seconds faster than his seed time).
Josh Smithen and Joey Smithen swept the top two places in the 100 breaststroke with 1:07.15 and 1:09.53 clockings. Freshman Chris Manning placed third (1:11.56).
Levi Costa took first-place for the Tigers in the boys diving with a score of 123.60 points.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Reed’s James Roestenburg (27.53) edged Douglas senior Tanner Souza (27.72) for first-place. Joshua Colston placed fourth for Douglas (29.58, nearly two seconds faster than his seed time).
Douglas set the tone early by taking two of the top three places in the 200-yard medley relay. Kaela Forvilly, Sarah Hyatt, Kaila Duffy and Julia Chappell won the race in 2:00.15, while Mychael Bellik, Taylor Sullivan, Kayla Ruffo and Tiffany Robinson took third (2:10.81).
The Tigers also swept the top five places in the 50 freestyle. Forvilly took first-place with her 28.02 clocking, followed by teammates Tiffany Robinson (28.45) and Angelina Stein (31.95).
Lilyanne Bickmore (1:05.96) and Hyatt (1:08.32) took second and third respectively in the 100 butterfly. Forvilly placed second in the 100 backstroke (1:04.75), followed by Chappell (1:09.15) and Bellik (1:17.00).