Douglas girls swim team extends streak to 60
With its streak of 58 consecutive conference dual meet victories at stake, the Douglas High girls swimming and diving team faced its first big test of the season Friday when McQueen came to Minden.
Make that 60.
Savannah Chappell helped set the tone early and the undefeated Douglas girls went on to a 191-118 victory against McQueen on one side of a Northern Division I double dual meet held at the Carson Valley Swim Center. The Tigers were also 209-97 victors against Spanish Springs.
Meanwhile, the Douglas boys extended their own win streak when they bested McQueen 209-69 and Spanish Springs 209-91. The boys have now won 45 straight conference dual meets.
Looking at the schedule, Douglas coach Sarah Davenport regards Bishop Manogue as the “biggest hurdle” to overcome to repeat as conference regular season champion, with the two teams set to join Galena for a double dual meet on May 2 at the Carson Valley Swim Center. In the meantime, McQueen presented a challenge with teams that finished fourth in last year’s region boys competition and sixth on the girls side.
Chappell, a junior, helped put the Douglas girls in control when she won the 200 freestyle (2:04.32) by nearly 2 seconds ahead of McQueen’s Kaitlin Garman, who placed seventh in the event at the 2014 region meet. Emma Gray also placed third in 2:10.02.
Chappell came back to win the 100 butterfly (1:04.95) in a close race against Samantha Beck of Spanish Springs (1:05.64). Kaila Duffy (1:06.65) and Kayla Ruffo (1:08.89) placed third and fourth respectively for the Tigers.
“We expected McQueen would be hard to beat,” Douglas coach Sarah Davenport said. “Savannah is aware of this and has been training very hard and she really stepped up to the challenge this week.”
The coach was quick to add that the Tigers’ strength is their depth.
“This a going to be a group effort and we are looking fast,” she said.
Shelby Koontz also finished as a double winner in the individual girls events, as she took first-place in the 50 freestyle (25.13) and later won the 500 freestyle (5:30.0) by 11 seconds over McQueen standout Garman. Koontz is the two-time region champion in both the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Freshman Taylor Sullivan turned in a strong performance in the girls 200 individual medley when she took first-place (2:21.88) in a close race against McQueen’s Justine Pereyra (2:22.57). Sullivan later placed second in the 100 backstroke (1:16.39).
Koontz, Chappell, Kaila Duffy and Emma Gray also combined to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:47.73). Kaela Forvilly, Sullivan, Duffy and Gray won the 200-yard medley relay (2:00.50). And to cap off the meet, Sullivan, Koontz, Chappell and Lilyanne Bickmore won the 400 freestyle relay (3:59.21).
Bickmore and Forvilly swept the top two places in the 100 freestyle with respective times of 1:00.01 and 1:01.14.
Andre Mendes, an exchange student from Brazil, led a 1-2-3 Douglas sweep in the boys 100 freestyle as he sped to a time of 50.29, followed by Ryan Chen (53.89) and Jason Lowther (57.39). Mendes also won the 200 freestyle (1:56.82), nearly six seconds ahead of Chen (2:02.45) in second-place.
Justin Hight was another double winner for the Tigers’ boys, leading 1-2 sweeps in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. He clocked a 56.27 to take first-place in the butterfly, followed by Josh Smithen (57.71) in second-place. Hight also won the backstroke in 59.50, followed by Logan Killion (1:04.23).
Douglas captured four of the top five spots in the 200 IM, with Killion (2:16.52) edging Lowther (2:17.08 for first-place. Jayden Forbes placed fourth (2:50.94) and Riis Irving Peterson (2:53.14) fifth.
Kevin Smith cruised to first-place in the boys 500 freestyle (5:39.27), followed by C.J.Hill-Holeman (6:02.51) in second-place.
Douglas won the boys 200 medley relay as the quartet of Mendes, Chen, Kevin Smithen and Hight clocked a time of 1:46.40. Hight, Sullivan, Josh Smithen and Mendes won the boys 400 freestyle relay in 3:30.13, a full second faster than the time Douglas turned last year to place fourth at the region meet.
In the 1-meter diving competition held earlier at the Carson Valley Swim Center, Douglas went 2-3-4 in the boys competition with Zach Ingrey (157.25 points), Garrett Frankiewich (122.45) and Will Lennon-Williams (117.55). In the girls diving, Leah Frankiewich placed third (166.45), followed by Jessica Withrow (113.55) and Gabby Reed (93.70).