Swimmers eye region title defense
A fundraiser to assist the Douglas swimming and diving team will be held today from 5-8 p.m. at the Pizza Factory, 1758 Highway 395, in Minden. When anyone mentions the team during their purchase, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the team.
The Douglas High girls and boys swimming and diving teams will open defense of their Northern Division I region championships Saturday with a double dual meet at home.
Reed and Hug will join Douglas for a conference double dual meet scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with swimming followed by diving at 1 p.m. at the Carson Valley Swim Center.
In addition to the region meet championships they won last year — the girls are four-time defending champions and the boys have won two straight — both teams are riding lengthy conference win streaks into the new season. The girls have won 67 straight conference dual meets and the boys have won 52 in a row.
The Douglas roster has 80 swimmers overall — 52 girls and 28 boys.
Shelby Koontz, who has signed with Indiana University, will be biidding to win the region’s Female Swimmer of the Year for the fourth straight year and also comes in as state champion in the 100-yard butterfly and state runner-up in the 200 individual medley.
Kaila Duffy, Lilyanne Bickmore, Savannah Chappell and Koontz all return as members of the Tigers’ region gold medal-winning 400 freestyle relay team.
Ryan Chen, Kevin Smithen, Joe Sullivan, Justin Hight and Josh Smithen all return as contributors to boys teams that swept all three relays at last year’s region meet. Kevin Smithen also placed second in the 100 butterfly, Josh Smithen second in the 200 IM and Chen second in the 100 breaststroke.
In diving, Zachary Ingrey returns after his fifth-place finish at the state meet last year.
Looking ahead on the schedule, the region diving will be held May 11 at the University of Nevada in Reno and swimming on May 14 at the Carson Aquatic Facility. The state meet will be held May 21 at UNLV’s Buchanan Natatorium.