Koontz sets Dolfins team records at junior nationals
Shelby Koontz was in record-setting form for the Douglas Dolfins Swim Team at the Speedo Winter Junior National Championships held Wednesday through Saturday in Federal Way, Wash.
Koontz, 16, set six 15-16-year-old age group team records during competition at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Among her highlights were a 26th-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle and 27th in the 200 butterfly.
Koontz sped to a time of 50.71 in the 100 freestyle to break her own team record and improve the personal record she set in May for Douglas High School at the NIAA Division I state meet (she swam 50.89 for second-place).
She clocked a 2:01.34 in the 200 butterfly, a personal best by more than 10 seconds and an improvement of three seconds on the team record Shaelin Morefield set in 2012.
Koontz also logged a 100 breaststroke time of 1:05.11 that broke the Dolfins’ girls 15-16 team record time of 1:05.45 set by Brittany Reichardt in 1998. Reichardt was a three-time state high school champion in the 100 breaststroke who went on to compete three years at the University of Washington and one year at Nevada.
Koontz finished 59th in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:03.94, to go with her 54.63 effort in the 100 butterfly (nearly two seconds faster than her previous personal best) and 1:05.11 in the 100 breaststroke.
Koontz logged yet another personal and team record during a 50-meter time trial when she logged a 27.13. Her previous best 50 long course times were 27.33 at the 2014 Summer Junior Olympics and 27.22 at the 2013 North American Challenge Cup.