Swimming: Win streak keeps climbing for Douglas
While the Douglas High swim team pushed its remarkable dual meet win streaks another step forward Saturday against Galena, the girls’ team continued its four-year long assault on the school record books.
Freshman Shelby Koontz broke the 15-year-old school record in the 200 IM Saturday, finishing in 2:07.90, more than two full seconds better then the previous best (2:10.26 in 1998 by Brittany Reichardt).
The mark was significant in that the Lady Tigers have now broken school records in every event except for the 100 breaststroke and championship diving during the past four seasons. Prior to this four-year stretch, Douglas had broken school records in only four girls events during the prior 10 seasons.
On Saturday, Koontz also broke her own school record in the 100 free, turning in a time of 52.54 seconds, which was nearly two seconds better than she’d done the week prior. In her three varsity meets, she’s dropped the school record in the event by more than four seconds.
Douglas matched up with Galena, one of the stronger teams in the league, for the dual meet and prevailed on both the girls and boys side.
For the girls, it was Douglas’ 42nd consecutive dual meet win. For the boys, it marked the 28th consecutive win.
Both of Koontz’s record-breaking swims were good enough for first place in the overall events (Carson and McQueen were competing as well).
Other winners included Emma Gray (26.97, 50 free), Shaelin Morefield (59.03, 100 fly), and the 400 free relay team of Morefield, Erica Chappell, Savannah Chappell and Koontz (3:50.53).
On the boys side, the 400 free relay team of Janosch Lancaster, Kevin Smithen, Adam Dack and Kyle Johnston won its race by more than two seconds and Johnston won the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.05
Savannah Chappell, Meagan Skilling, Koontz and Morefield took second in the 200 medley relay (1:54.64).
Erica Chappell was second in the 200 free, followed by Jordan Knowles in third.
Jenna Broussard finished second in the 50 free (27.59). Erica Chappell was third in the 100 fly (1:06.00). Morefield finished second in the 500 free with a time of 5:29.51. She has already posted a school record in the event this year at 5:19.17.
Savannah Chappell swam the 500 free in 5:32.38 to take third. She also took second in the 100 backstroke, followed by Jordan Knowles and Anna Lancaster in order. Gray, Broussard, Erica Chappell and Meagan Skilling took second in the 200 free relay.
Skilling was second in the 100 breaststroke while Clara Gray was fourth.
Adam Dack finished second in the 200 free (2:04.69) and third in the 500 free (5:27.68).
Robbie Resnik, Zack Singer and Jordan White went second, third and fourth respectively in the 50 free. Johnston finished second in the 100 fly, followed by Smithen in third. Janosch Lancaster was second in the 100 free, Jarret Preston was fourth in the 100 free.
Andy Esparza, Dack, Logan Killion and Resnik were third in the 200 free relay
Smithen finished third in the 100 backstroke. Lancaster was second in the 100 breaststroke while Ryan Chen finished fourth.