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Swimming: Tigers keep streak alive with boost from divers

by Joey Crandall

The Douglas boys swim team found its 30-meet win streak in serious jeopardy Saturday afternoon against Reno High School.

Thanks to an assist from their strong group of divers, though, the Tigers boosted the streak to 31.

Douglas’ Anthony Sellers, Jordan White and Tyler Vandenburg swept the top three places in the diving event, delivering the decisive 19 points in a 152-141 win over perennial powerhouse Reno.

The divers, which also include girls first-place winner Lindsey Johnston and boys senior Charles Winans — who didn’t compete on Saturday — have boosted the Tigers’ scores all season long.

“We are making T-shirts that say ‘Hug a Diver,’” Douglas coach Sarah Davenport said. “The men’s team won due to the dive team.”

Indeed, Reno captured first place in all but three swimming events. Douglas, though, had enough depth to stay close and got the extra push from the diving sweep.

The Douglas girls’ team ran its win streak to 45 with a 190-94 win over Reno.

Erica Chappell (200 free, 2:08.27), Meagan Skilling (50 free, 26.54) and Savannah Chappell (500 free, 5:37.18 and 100 backstroke, 1:04.33) post event wins in the overall four-team meet that included Truckee and Manogue.

Jenna Broussard was third and Lindsey Johnston was fourth in the 50 free.

Erica Chappell, Emma Gray and Jordan Knowles took third, fourth and fifth respectively in the 100 fly.

Broussard and Bethany Ritchie took fourth and fifth in the 100 free.

Knowles was second, Rachel Chen was fourth and Whitney Weaver was fifth in the 500 free.

In the relays, Savannah Chappell, Broussard, Emma Gray and Erica Chappell won the 200 free, Skilling, Clara Gray, Emma Gray and Savannah Chappell took second in the 200 medley relay with a 2:01.46, and Broussard, Weaver, Knowles and Erica Chappell took second in the 400 free.

Clara Gray finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

On the boys’ side, Kyle Johnston (100 fly, 54.65) and Kevin Smithen (100 back, 1:03.07) posted wins in the four-team meet.

Johnston finished second in the 200 IM.

Zack Singer, Jordan White and Robert Resnik went third, fourth and fifth in the 50 free.

Adam Dack finished fourth in the 500 free. Dack also took second in the 100 backstroke.

Ryan Chen took fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

Smithen was fifth in the 200 free.

In the relays, Dack, Johnston, Smithen and Andy Esparza took third in the 200 medley relay at 1:52.70.

Auddie Anderson, Esparza, Logan Killion and Singer took third and Jake VanBeuge, Resnik, Wes Hundley and Alexis Palma took fourth in the 200 free relay.

Smithen, Killion, Johnston and Dack took fourth in the 400 free relay.