Three Douglas grads compete at nationals
Three Douglas High School graduates — Krysta Palmer, Kyle Johnston and Aspen Abbott — competed at recent national championship meets in their respective sports and divisions.
Palmer, a 2010 Douglas grad, earned All-America honors in diving while helping the University of Nevada finish 20th as a team last weekend at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta, Ga. Abbott, a 2013 Douglas grad, received NAIA All-America recognition after helping Southern Oregon take fifth-place in the women’s distance medley relay at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 3-5 in Johnson City, Tenn. And Johnston, a 2013 Douglas grad, competed for Colorado Mesa University in three events at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships March 9-12 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Palmer placed ninth on the 1-meter springboard March 17 and 10th on the platform Saturday with a score of 275.05 at the NCAA Championships at the McAuley Aquatics Center. The senior, a two-time Mountain West Diver of the Year, earned All-America honors for the second straight season as she won the 1-meter B finals with a score of 310.70. She received honorable mention All-America honors for the second straight season on the platform.
Abbott ran a 58-second split for the 400-meter leg to help Southern Oregon place fifth in the distance medley. The team clocked a time of 12:03.30, five seconds out of first-place, for the best national finish by a women’s relay team in school history.
Johnston swam the 1,000 freestyle in 9:45.69 and the 200 freestyle in 1:42.01 in his two individual events. He was also part of a Colorado Mesa 800 freestyle relay team that fell victim to illness and finished 16th in a time of 6:43.06 — more than 10 seconds off its season best.