Relay strength lifts Douglas girls to win
Aided by firepower in the freestyle relay races, the Douglas High girls swimming and diving team protected its lengthy Northern 4A conference dual meet win streak alive Saturday in Carson City.
The Tigers’ girls capped off their day with a win in the 400 freestyle relay to score 10 points and clinch a closely contested 164-148 win over Galena at the Carson Aquatic Facility. Douglas defeated host-Carson, 206-99, in the other half of the double dual meet and extended its win streak to 88 straight conference dual meets.
Meanwhile, the Douglas boys bested Galena 184-116 and Carson 184-116 to win their 73rd in a row.
Douglas wraps up its regular season Saturday when it hosts traditionally strong Reno in a dual meet at 9 a.m. at the Carson Valley Swim Center. The Northern 4A Region Championships will be held next week — May 10 diving at the University of Nevada and May 12-13 at the Carson Aquatic Facility.
Douglas wrapped up its victory in the final race of the day with a first-place performance in the 400-yard freestyle relay when Sarah Hyatt, Cailey Tollman, Kayla Ruffo and Tiffany Robinson clocked a 3:59.34, nine seconds faster than Galena.
Douglas placed second behind Galena in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:47.97 — nearly four seconds faster than its entry time — with Lilyanne Bickmore, Taylor Sullivan Kaela Forvilly and Kaila Duffy.
The Tigers began their day with a second-place finish behind Galena in the 200 medley relay as Forvilly, Sullivan, Duffy and Bickmore went 2:00.57.
Forvilly and Tollman placed second and third in the 100 backstroke with respective times of 1:04.75 and 1:08.08. Galena freshman Summer Murphy won the race (1:02.78).
Tollman placed second in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:43.28 that was less than one second behind Galena’s Annalise Anderson (5:42.72).
Forvilly placed third in the 100 freestyle (1:01.03) in a race won by Galena’s Jenna Matsumura (56.93).
Hyatt and Ruffo took second and fourth in the 100 breaststroke with respective times of 1:14.69 and 1:18.78. Hyatt was five seconds faster than the time she swam at the Tigers’ conference meet on April 15.
Duffy placed third in the 100 butterfly (1:03.66), not far behind Galena’s Murphy (1:02.56) in first-place. Bickmore and Knowles placed fifth and sixth for Douglas with respective times of 1:07.00 and 1:09.25. Duffy improved her butterfly time by five seconds from April 15.
Duffy placed second in the 50 freestyle (27.15), behind only Matsumura (26.23). Robinson also placed fourth for the Tigers (28.15).
Hyatt placed third in the 200 individual medley (2:24.91). Sullivan and Mychael Bellick placed third and fourth in the 200 freestyle with respective times of 2:13.03 and 2:20.00.
Justin Hight was a double winner for Douglas in the individual races. The senior won the 200 freestyle (1:50.84) and came back in the 100 freestyle (50.59) to take first-place by less than one-half second over Carson junior Matthew Hill (51.00). Hight’s 200 freestyle time was only three seconds slower than his performance at the 2016 region championships.
Joe Sullivan blazed to a 22.16 to take first-place in the 50 freestyle, four-tenths of a second faster than his performance in last year’s region finals. Sullivan also took second-place in the 100 butterfly (57.02) in a closely contested race that was won by Carson sophomore Reece Canfield (56.22). One second separated the top four finishers.
The closest race of the day was waged in the boys 500 freestyle, where Galena’s Ian Jenkins clocked a 5:04.19 and turned back the Tigers’ Josh Smithen (5:05.91) to secure first-place.
Douglas won the 200 medley relay (1:44.62) with Taylor Knowles, Joey Smithen, Hight and Sullivan. The time was only three seconds slower than the Tigers’ gold medal time in the same pool at last year’s region championships (Sullivan was part of that team).
Josh Smithen, Knowles, Hight and Sullivan also won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:20.91, nearly six seconds faster than their entry time.
Joey Smithen placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.84).
Joey Smithen, Hunter Richardson, Taylor Daniel and Josh Smithen placed second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:36.10, one second ahead of Galena.