Douglas win streaks continue
Shelby Koontz, Erica Chappell, Josh Smithen and Shaelin Morefield emerged as individual double winners Friday to help the Douglas High swimming and diving program continue its perfect season.
The Douglas girls swept past McQueen, 178-106, and Spanish Springs, 221-64, during the Northern Division I double dual meet held at the Carson Valley Swim Center. The Tigers were also double winners on the boys side, 183-97 over McQueen and 203-68 over Spanish Springs.
Both Douglas squads extended their streaks of league dual meet victories — the girls have won 54 straight and the boys 39 in a row — heading into the regular-season ending date against Reno and Galena May 10 at the Carson Valley Swim Center.
Smithen led a 1-2-3 sweep for the Tigers in the boys 200-yard freestyle as he clocked a time of 1:59.41, followed by Adam Dack (2:01.40) and Jake VanBeuge (2:12.34). Smithen was also a winner in the 100 backstroke (1:04.77).
Chappell won the 100 butterfly (1:04.19), ahead of teammate Jordan Knowles (1:06.26). Chappell also won the girls 100 backstroke (1:07.94), while Anna Lancaster took second-place (1:11.01).
Morefield, a senior who will swim for Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo next year, won the 200 individual medley (2:18.02) and Kaila Duffy took second (2:27.27). Morefield won the 500 freestyle (5:39.22), followed by Savannah Chappell in second-place (5:41.39).
Koontz won the girls 200 freestyle (2:02.45) and the 50 freestyle (25.07). Koontz was the state 100 freestyle champion as a freshman last year.
The meet featured some down-to-the-wire finishes.
No race was closer than the girls 100 freestyle, where Savannah Chappell and Emma Gray swept the top two places for Douglas with respective 59.45 and 59.47 clockings. The Tigers’ Kayla Rufo also placed fourth (1:04.21).
McQueen senior Patrick McCrillis, who has signed to swim for the University of South Carolina next year, won the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.97) as he edged the Tigers’ Janosch Lancaster (2:08.81).
McCrillis also won the boys 100 freestyle (51.31), while Douglas freshman Joe Sullivan took second-place (53.25), Adam Dack (55.90) and Logan Killion (56.70). McCrillis is the defending state champion in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Lancaster also placed second in a tight 100 breaststroke race (1:08.90) that was won by Reed Parkhurst of Spanish Springs (1:08.28) in a duel between 2013 state meet qualifiers.
Douglas swept the top four places in the boys 500 freestyle. Ryan Chen won a close race in a time of 5:41.93, ahead of Sullivan (5:43.83), CJ Hill-Holeman (5:43.94) and Jason Lowther (6:09.81).
Kevin Smithen sped to first-place in the 100 butterfly (57.32), while Chen placed second (1:01.09).
Annalisa Neal won the 100 breaststroke (1:15.83), while Duffy placed second (1:18.13).
VanBeuge and Taylor Souza placed second and third respectively in the boys 50 freestyle with respective times of 25.44 and 26.81.
Eric Jacobs, Chen, Kevin and Josh Smithen combined to win the boys 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.74, nearly eight seconds faster than McQueen in second-place.
Douglas also logged an impressive win in the girls 200 freestyle relay with the quartet of Erica Chappell, Gray, Koontz and Morefield in 1:47.57, 11 seconds faster than McQueen.
The season schedule culminates next month with the Northern Division I Region Championships May 15-17 — the diving finals are May 15 at the Carson Valley Swim Center and the swimming events on May 16-17 at the Carson Aquatic Center in Carson City — followed by the NIAA State Championships May 24 in Las Vegas.