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Sullivan, Hyatt shine for Tigers

Staff Reports
Sarah Hyatt

Joe Sullivan achieved a long-time goal on Saturday when he reached 48 seconds in the boys 100-yard freestyle, while the Douglas High boys and girls closed the book on another perfect Northern 4A swimming and diving regular season as they swept to dual meet wins against Reno.

Sullivan, Alexander Laningham, Justin Hight, plus brothers Joey and Josh Smithen turned in first-place performances in their individual events as Douglas ended its undefeated conference season with a 188-59 victory against Reno at the Carson Valley Swim Center. Sarah Hyatt took first-place in the girls 200-yard individual medley plus she contributed to a win in the 200 medley relay as the Tigers came through with a 176-137 triumph.

The Douglas girls extended their conference win streak to 89 straight dual meets and the boys extended their streak to 74 in a row.

It marked the final tune-up before the Northern 4A Region Championships, which start today when diving is held at the University of Nevada’s Lombardi Recreation Center and then the swimming prelims on Friday and finals on Saturday at the Carson Aquatic Facility in Carson City. The top three finishers in each regional event advances to the State Championships on May 20 in Carson City.

Northern 3A schools Truckee, Lowry, Fernley and Fallon also competed in the meet.


Sullivan sped to a 48.90 in the 100 freestyle — two seconds faster than his previous season best — and Josh Smithen went 50.71 to give Douglas a 1-2 sweep. Reno’s Henry Pendleton, a state meet qualifier in 2016, was third in 51.34.

“That was great,” Sullivan said. “I’ve been shooting to get 48 for a long time.”

One week before, the senior went 22.16 in the 50 freestyle to tie a Douglas school record set by Andy Sturgess in 2004.

Josh Smithen won the 100 breaststroke (1:07.91, three-tenths ahead of Pendleton), Joey Smithen the 200 freestyle (1:55.40) and Hight the 100 backstroke (59.21). Laningham took first-place in the 1-meter diving with a score of 133.65 points.

Douglas took first-place in the 200 medley relay as Chris Manning, Taylor Knowles, Hight and Sullivan went 1:46.89.

Hight had a season-best time of 55.27 in the 100 butterfly that trailed only Truckee’s Cooper DeRyk (53.70). Joey Smithen placed second in the 500 freestyle (5:28.39), Manning second in the 200 IM (2:16.50), Kade Forbes third in the 50 freestyle (25.20) and Jayden Forbes third in the 200 freestyle (2:06.06).


Hyatt, who placed seventh at last year’s region 200 IM finals, clocked a time of 2:25.93 to edge out Reno’s Madeline Vogel (2:27.59) for first-place.

Kaela Forvilly, Kaila Duffy, Taylor Sullivan and Hyatt won their medley relay race in 1:59.69.

Kaila Duffy and Lilyanne Bickmore placed second and third in the 100 butterfly with respective times of 1:05.09 and 1:05.94.

Cailey Tollman took second-place in the 500 freestyle (5:35.21), Duffy third in the 50 freestyle (27.21) and Kayla Ruffo third in the 200 IM (2:34.53).

Douglas went 3-4-5 in the 100 freestyle with Kaela Forvilly (1:00.35) and Tiffany Robinson (1:01.52).

Jessica Withrow placed third in the diving with 142.85 points, while teammates Olivia Tahti took fourth (129,35), Hallie Nelson fifth (129.15) and Emily Hillman sixth (128.65).