Led by two freestyle victories from junior Taylor Dorland and a women’s 400-yard freestyle gold medal, the Wood River High School women’s swimming team repeated as District 4/5 team champion Wednesday in Twin Falls.
Wood River got 18 points from Dorland’s 100- and 200-yard freestyle victories, and another 18 points from the 400-yard freestyle triumph by Dorland, sophomores Bridget Evans and Dana Kriesien and junior Maggie Deal.
In final team rankings, Wood River nipped Kimberly High School 103-101 after 22 events. In third place among the 10 women’s teams was Minico of Rupert (78). Twin Falls (71) and Century of Pocatello (65) were fourth and fifth.
First-year Wood River coach Samantha Sutton said, “All of the girls swam at least one personal record and helped contribute to our team’s points. They brought home the district title.”
Based on their district meet finishes, eight Wood River swimmers qualified in 13 events for the State 4A championships set for Nov. 8-9 at Meridian’s YMCA pool.
State qualifiers besides Dorland, Evans, Kriesien and Deal are juniors Brenann O’Leary and Sydney Smith, and, for the boys, sophomore Larsen Bier and freshman Ethan Hansen.
“We are hopeful our men’s 200-yard medley relay team earned a fast enough time to achieve a wild card position at state,” said Sutton. Besides Bier and Hansen, that team would include seniors Chris Davitt and Walter Kriesien.
Dorland (2:08.49) won the women’s 200 freestyle race by 0.65 seconds and ran away with 100 freestyle by 2.53 seconds with a time of 57.54. The women’s 400 freestyle relay victory was by 2.73 seconds.
Wood River placed 3-4-5 in the women’s 500-yard freestyle event with Deal (6:00.29), Dana Kriesien (6:04.45) and O’Leary (6:20.33). Other state placings for Wood River at Twin Falls:
3rd places—Maggie Deal 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard Individual Medley (2:31.16); Ethan Hansen 100-yard freestyle (55.37); women’s 200-yard medley relay with Brenann O’Leary, Maggie Deal, Sydney Smith and Taylor Dorland.
4th places—Dana Kriesien 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke (1:11.25); Larsen Bier 100-yard breast stroke (1:12.13).
5th places—Brenann O’Leary 500-yard freestyle; Sydney Smith 100-yard butterfly (1:10.42); Ethan Hansen 200-yard Individual Medley (2:20.42).
Other WRHS competitors were senior Georgia Adams, freshman Alex Vallejo, sophomore Mykelti Blackburn, Penelope Weekes, senior Nick Maumus, sophomore Carter Busdon, freshman Owen Stouffer, sophomore Olivia Adams, freshman Michael Hurd and junior Molly Doyle.
District women’s teams: 1—WRHS 103. 2—Kimberly 101. 3—Minico 78. 4—Twin Falls 71. 5—Century 65. 6—Burley 30. 7—Canyon Ridge 26. 8—Jerome 20. 9—Mountain Home 14. 10—Declo 4.
District men’s teams: 1—Century 120. 2 (tie)—Jerome 66 and Kimberly 66. 4—Canyon Ridge 58. 5—Burley 55. 6—Minico 47. 7—Twin Falls 38. 8—WRHS 33. 9—Declo 16. 10—Mountain Home 11. 11—Oakley 8.