Josh Smithen wins at Aqua 5 meet
Josh Smithen captured first-place in the overall boys competition to provide a highlight for the Douglas High School swimmers Saturday during an Aqua 5 Pentathlon meet in Truckee.
Douglas had five boys and three girls place among the top 10 overall at the Truckee-Donner Community Swimming Pool. The pentathlon individuals competed in five events — 50- and 100-yard freestyle race, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. In all, the Tigers had 19 swimmers finish in the pentathlon rankings, according to coach Greg Taylor.
Smithen logged a combined time of 4:17.48 in the five events to earn his victory. Consistency was the difference for the senior, who took first-place in the backstroke (57.09) and second in the breaststroke (1:06.63) four-tenths of a second behind Truckee’s Cooper de Ryk. Smithen also tied his brother, Joey, for third-place in the 50 freestyle (23.43), placed third in the 100 freestyle (51.44) and sixth in the butterfly (58.89).
Joey Smithen placed third overall (4:21.35), Joe Sullivan fourth (4:29.72), Taylor Knowles sixth (4:41.59) and Daniel Taylor 10th (4:54.06).
On the girls side, Kaila Duffy placed fourth (5:07.35), Taylor Sullivan placed fifth (5:07.58) and freshman Cailey Tollman ninth (5:17.93). Lilyanne Bickmore narrowly missed a spot in the top 10, as she finished 11th (5:23.44).
Bickmore placed second in the 100 butterfly (1:04.67) and Duffy third (1:05.11). Kaela Forvilly placed second in the 100 backstroke (1:05.63) and Tollman third (1:08.08). Duffy placed third in the 100 freestyle (1:00.68) and Sullivan fourth (1:00.91).
de Ryk actually won four of the five boys events, only to be knocked out of the overall title race when he was disqualified in the backstroke race. de Ryk is coming off an impressive winter, including a first-place performance in the 50 freestyle (20.69) at the Washington Open on Jan. 13 and eighth-place at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals (20.32) on Dec. 8, 2016.
Reno High junior Hannah Hudson was the girls winner with an overall time of 4:39.72, as she led a sweep of the top three spots by the Huskies.