Swimming: Douglas High wins boys, girls High Desert League titles
It was close, but the Douglas High school swimming program managed to keep its impressive, if not spectacular, streaks intact Saturday afternoon at the Carson Aquatic Center.
The Douglas girls squad won its seventh consecutive league title and the Tiger boys racked up their fifth straight league title at the High Desert League Championships.
The girls team edged out Galena 438-435.5, while Carson was third and Spanish Springs was fourth.
The Tiger boys snuck past Reno 442-439, with Carson again taking third and McQueen finishing fourth.
Douglas locked down league titles in nine individual events as well, setting up for a potentially strong showing at next week’s Northern Division I Regional Championships.
The Lady Tigers, who have not lost a dual meet since May 2006 (a span of 45 duals), will be looking to defend their regional team title from last year.
On Saturday, Kyle Johnston, Shelby Koontz and Shaelin Morefield each won two individual titles while Johnston contributed to the boys 200 free relay title.
The freshman Koontz, who entered Saturday with school records in three different events, broke another one by winning the 50 free league title in a blistering time of 24.02 seconds.
That gives her four different school records this year. Only eight individual, non-relay events are conducted in high school swimming.
Koontz added a title in the 100 free, Morefield won the girls 200 IM and the 100 fly and Johnston won the boys 100 fly and the 200 IM.
Savannah Chappell, Meagan Skilling, Emma Gray and Erica Chappell won the girls 200 medley relay and Kevin Smithen, Janosch Lancaster, Andy Esparza and Johnston won the boys 200 free relay.
Anthony Sellers won the league boys diving title with a score of 305.95.
The diving event was a tipping point for the boys squad as Jordan White took second and Tyler Vandenburg took fifth, adding a total of 52 points to Douglas’ overall team score.
In the league championships, the top 16 finishers in each event earn points for their teams, starting with 20 points for first and on down to 1 point for 16th.
On the girls side,
In the 200 free, Erica Chappell took third, Jenna Broussard finished ninth and Jordan Chappell finished 15th.
Meagan Skilling was third in the 200 IM and Rocio Meza was 10th.
Jenna Broussard was sixth in the 50 free, Lindsey Johnston was 12th and Courtney McKimmey was 16th.
Emma Gray finished fourth in the 100 fly, Anna Lancaster was seventh and Stephanie Williams was 10th.
Rachel Chen finished sixth in the 100 freestyle, Courtney McKimmey was 12th and Leah Heydman was 17th.
Skilling, Morefield, Emma Gray and Koontz took second in the 200 free relay.
Savannah Chappell was second in the 100 back, with Emma Gray taking fourth, Meza finishing ninth and Jordan Chappell taking 17th.
Skilling finished second in the 100 breaststroke, Clara Gray was fifth, Rachel Chen was eighth and Williams was 11th.
Morefield, Erica Chappell, Savannah Chappell and Koontz took second in the 400 free relay.
For the boys, Adam Dack, Eric Jacobs, Logan Killion and Jake VanBeuge took fifth in the 200 medley relay.
Lancaster was third in the 200 free, VanBeuge was ninth, Kyler Forbes was 10th and Justin Harmon was 15th.
Ryan Chen was seventh in the 200 IM, Jason Lowther finished ninth and Eric Jacobs was 13th.
Esparza finished sixth in the 50 free, Zack Singer was 13th, Alexis Palma was 15th and Wes Hundley was 17th.
Kevin Smithen finished seventh in the 100 fly, Ryan Chen was 14th and Logan Killion was 15th.
Kevin Smithen was fourth in the 100 freestyle, Esparza was fifth, Forbes was sixth and Robbie Resnik was eighth.
Adam Dack took fourth in the 100 back, Auddie Anderson was ninth and Justin Harmon was 14th.
Janosch Lancaster finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke, Jacobs was seventh, Garrett Seward was ninth and Lowther was 12th.
Lancaster, Dack, Smithen and Johnston took second in the 400 free relay.