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Douglas girls shine at state swimming championships

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas girls had an excellent showing last weekend in Las Vegas at the NIAA/U.S. Bank State swimming championships at UNLV.

Led by the dazzling duo of Charlene Rigdon and Brittany Reichardt, the Tigers finished tied for fifth place in the team standings, despite having only five girls at the meet.

Rigdon set a new state record in winning the 100 backstroke in 58.03 seconds, eclipsing the old mark by .05 seconds on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the DHS junior finished second in the 50 freestyle, a week after breaking the 25-second barrier for the first time in that event at the Northern Zone championships in Carson.

Senior Brittany Reichardt returned to the state meet after missing all of last swimming season with a serious illness.

Reichardt’s first individual event of the day was the 100 butterfly, where she finished fourth with a time of 1:01.22.

The race she was really focused on was the 100 breaststroke, where she came into the meet seeded first overall in the state after a great swim last weekend (1:05.74). Reichardt cut a half-second off her time at zone to win the state championship in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.27.

“It has been a long year for Brittany, trying to get her weight back and regain the strength that allowed her to win two consecutive 100 breaststroke titles her freshman and sophomore years,” Douglas coach Don Luikart said.

Reichardt and Rigdon also helped the Douglas 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams post top-five finishes.

Freshman Sarah Lillegard (butterfly), sophomore Konnie Seamons (freestyle), Rigdon (backstroke) and Reichardt (breaststroke) turned in a fourth-place performance in the 200 medley relay and dropped four seconds off their time from the zone meet.

Senior Sarah Edwards teamed up with Rigdon, Reichardt and Seamons to round out the team scoring with a fifth place finish in the 200 freestyle relay.

“Charlene, Brittany and Sarah Edwards have been swimming together for the last 12 years,” Luikart said. “It has been a great experience watching them compete together. Their coach much of the way has been Skip Roggenbihl, who has been producing champion swimmers for more than 40 years. beginning his career in the Bay area near Santa Clara.”

Reichardt will continue her swimming career at the University of Washington in the fall.

The Carson High girls won the meet with 130 points. Green Valley was second at 67, Reno took third place with 61 points, Boulder City was fourth with 56 and Douglas and McQueen tied for fifth with 48 points.