Koontz sets team records at J.O. meet
Special to The R-C
Seven Douglas Dolfins Swim Team qualifiers competed at the Pacific Swimming Long Course Junior Olympics on July 10-12 in Concord, Calif.
Emma Ruffo, Cailey Tollmann, Lily Bickmore, Kaila Duffy, Taylor Sullivan, Justin Hight and Shelby Koontz all had great swims, improved their times and enjoyed the warm weather.
Koontz, who just aged up to the 17-18 girls age bracket, turned in five new 17-18 team records. She shaved off .03 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 27.10 seconds and second-place in the finals. Her next record was 1:02.08 in the 100 freestyle, followed by a 2:11.40 in the 200 freestyle, where she improved by 2.10 seconds, and 1:19.72 in the 100 breaststroke.
She also set team records in the 100 butterfly finals with a time of 1:02.79 and the 200 individual medley with a 2:23.44. Koontz, who is headed into her senior year at Douglas High, placed a close second in both races, behind only Brittany Usinger, who is bound for Harvard and last month was named East Bay Girls Swimmer of the Year as a senior at Acalanes High.
Hight qualified for four events in the 15-16 boys group, dropping .20 in the 50 freestyle, 16.05 seconds in the 200 freestyle with a new PC-AA time of 2:09.06, and .76 in the 100 backstroke with a new 15-16 boys team record time of 1:08.23.
Ruffo took on the 200 backstroke in the 11-12 girls age group and dropped 2.72 seconds.
Tollmann took off 3.58 seconds in the 200 backstroke with a new PC-AA time of 2:50.05.
Bickmore achieved two new PC-A times in the 13-14 girls 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly. She dropped 3.17 seconds in the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:13.93, and 4.36 seconds in the 200 butterfly with a 2:42.66.
Duffy qualified for five races in the 15-16 girls group and turned in a new PC-AA time of 30.27 in the 50 freestyle, an improvement of 1.04 seconds. She also dropped 1.71 seconds in the 100 freestyle, .34 in the 100 butterfly and 2.75 seconds in the 200 IM.
Sullivan improved in each of her four races, taking off 1.01 seconds in the 100 breaststroke, .49 in the 200 breaststroke, 2.62 seconds in the 200 IM and 8.65 seconds in the 400 IM.