Relay teams set pace for Douglas
April 3, 2017
The Douglas High girls and boys swimming and diving teams cruised to two Northern 4A conference dual meet wins Saturday in Reno.
Douglas swept past McQueen and Hug during competition held at Northwest Pool. The Tigers' boys defeated McQueen 201-63 while the girls prevailed by a 178-108 score. Hug did not have any athletes entered in the meet.
The Douglas girls have now won 82 consecutive conference meets and the boys have won 67 straight.
Coach Greg Taylor described the Tigers' performances in the relays as "outstanding" during the meet.
To start out, Douglas won the girls 200-yard medley relay as the quartet of Kaela Forvilly, Taylor Sullivan, Kaila Duffy and Delphina Hyatt went 2:05.19 to win by nearly two seconds ahead of McQueen. In the boys race, Joey Smithen, Chris Manning, Justin Hight and Daniel Taylor clocked a first-place time of 1:51.97.
The Tigers also swept the 200 freestyle relay races. Tiffany Robinson, Forvilly, Sullivan and Duffy won the girls race in 1:52.11, just ahead of the Tigers' team of Lily Bickmore, Hope Rakow, Cailey Tollmann and Kayla Ruffo in second-place (1:54.62).
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Meanwhile, the boys team of Justin Hight, Hunter Richardson, Tanner Souza and Joe Sullivan won the boys 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.89 — eight seconds off the winning time Douglas posted at last year's region meet (Hight and Sullivan were on that team).
The Tigers' team of Jayden Forbes, Richardson, Joey Smithen and Sullivan also combined to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:34.18.
From an individual standpoint, Taylor Knowles was a double winner in the boys 100 backstroke (1:00.23) and the 50 freestyle (25.29), while Hight took first-place in the 200 freestyle (1:53.13) and 100 freestyle (52.11).
Duffy won the girls 200 individual medley (2:26.94), Bickmore won the 100 butterfly (1:05.15), Forvilly won the 100 backstroke (1:06.31) and Tollman, a freshman, took the 500 freestyle (5:49.80).
Joey Smithen took first-place in the boys 200 IM (2:07.39) and Sullivan was a winner in the 100 butterfly (57.52).
The Douglas divers return to action this coming Saturday when a conference meet is held at the University of Nevada's Lombardi Recreation Center.
The conference schedule concludes in May when the Northern 4A Region Championships and state meets are held. The region swimming will be held on May 12-13 and state swimming on May 20 at the Carson Aquatic Facility in Carson City. The girls are five-time defending region champions and the boys have won three straight.