Tollman qualifies for state 500 freestyle |

Tollman qualifies for state 500 freestyle

Staff Reports
Cailey Tollman

Douglas High freshman Cailey Tollman is going the distance to compete for the first time at the NIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships.

That is, Tollman secured an individual ticket to state in the 500-yard freestyle Saturday when she swam a personal record time that sent her to second-place during the Northern 4A region meet in Carson City.

She will be joined at state by Kaela Forvilly, Sarah Hyatt, Kaila Duffy and Taylor Sullivan after their second-place finish for Douglas in the 200 medley relay during the region meet at the Carson Aquatic Facility.

Meanwhile, the Douglas girls saw their streak of five consecutive region team championships end when they finished third in the team standings. Reno won the title with 376 points, followed by Bishop Manogue with 317 and Douglas 302.

Tollman came through with a big performance when she made a move into second-place mid-way through the race and went on to a 5:28.61 clocking. The finals time was more than eight seconds faster than the 5:37.08 she logged Friday, which was fourth fastest in the prelims.

“For a freshman to qualify for state, we didn’t see that one coming,” Douglas coach Greg Taylor said of Tollman. “That was a huge swim for her. The look on her face when she saw her time and place was absolutely priceless.”

Reno junior Annika Hobson won the final (5:20.36).

The 200 medley relay developed into a two-team race for the lead, and in the end, Bishop Manogue won with a time of 1:54.11, with the Tigers less than a second behind in 1:54.97.

The Douglas quartet of Lilyanne Bickmore, Kayla Ruffo, Tollman and Hyatt combined to place fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:55.51).

Forvilly placed in two individual events, fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:01.86) and sixth in the 100 freestyle (59.88). Hyatt also took fifth-place in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.76) and seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:23.64).

Tollman also placed seventh in the 100 backstroke (1:04.08), nearly three seconds faster than her time in the prelims that qualified as eighth fastest.

Bickmore placed eighth in the 50 freestyle (27.68) and Duffy won the B final in 26.10 — a full second faster than her previous season best.

Taylor Sullivan placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.82) and Ruffo took second-place in the B final (1:18.08).

Duffy placed fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:02.15) and Bickmore placed eighth (1:08.26). Tiffany Robinson placed eighth in the 100 freestyle (1:01.25).

Douglas senior Jessica Withrow placed seventh in the 1-meter diving held Wednesday at the University of Nevada. Withrow compiled a score of 278.35 points and Olivia Tahti finished 11th (232.95). Regan Caulfield of Reno defended her region title with a 461.05-point total.