Wood River High School’s girls’ swimming team won another district title Saturday during the 12-team District 4/5 Championship meet hosted by the Magic Valley Marlins at Twin Falls City Pool.

    The Wood River girls captured 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays for 30 points. Sophomore Taylor Dorland added another nine points for winning the 100-yard freestyle race by 0.80 seconds in a field of 41 girls at 57.17 seconds.

    Seven other Wolverine girls who are freshmen through juniors, finished in the top five of their individual events. And the Hailey girls placed third in the 200-yard medley relay.

    When the final points were tabulated, Wood River’s girls posted a convincing 137-80 victory over second-place Minico High School of Rupert. Last years’ District 4 runner-up Kimberly (77) placed third and Century of Pocatello (61) came in with fourth place.

    Century’s 46-point team victory over Jerome in the boys’ division enabled Century (186 points) to slip past Wood River (169) for the combined team title on Saturday in Twin Falls.

    Wood River senior Zach Deal won the 200-yard Individual Medley by over six seconds with a time of 1:58.02, and added the 100-yard breast stroke win by 1.70 seconds. In both cases, the runner-up swimmer was Century senior Joe Kaiser.

    Last year, Deal captured an individual state championship in the 100-yard breast stroke (58.69 seconds) during the final Idaho High School Swimming (AIHSS) state championship meet staged at the Boise City Aquatics Center.

    Dominant at the district meet were the winning freestyle relays for Wood River.

    The 200 free relay with Maggie Deal, Charlotte Loomis, Brenann O’Leary and Taylor Dorland (1:50.01) won over Kimberly by 1.01 seconds. The 400 relay with Maggie Deal, Charlotte Loomis, Dana Kriesien and Dorland (4:02.58) prevailed by 5.23 over Minico.

    In all, Wood River qualified four relays for state and will be taking 15 swimmers to the first-ever Idaho High School Activities Association state competition Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3 at the Boise Family YMCA pool.

    Wood River coach Ben Parker said about Saturday’s district contest, “Such a great meet for our Wood River swimmers. We have four relays and nine individuals spread across 16 individual events qualifying for state.

    Other top-five Hailey placers from district were:

    2nd places—Maggie Deal 200-yard freestyle (2:06.98) and 500 free (5:36.00); Charlotte Loomis 200 IM (2:26.73) and 100 free (58.97); and Taylor Dorland 50 free (25.84);

    3rd places—Brenann O’Leary 100-yard backstroke (1:10.79); 200 girls’ medley relay with Brenann O’Leary, Molly Doyle, Sydney Smith and Georgia Adams (2:10.24); 200 boys’ free relay Evan Blas, Nick Maumus, Walter Kriesien and Zach Deal (1:42.88).

    4th places—Dana Kriesien 200-yard freestyle (2:19.96) and 500 free (6:07.37); Molly Doyle 100 breast stroke (1:18.94).

    5th places—Georgia Adams 200 IM (2:53.23) and 100 back (1:15.45); Sydney Smith 100 butterfly (1:09.87); Brenann O’Leary 500 free (6:08.33);

    Much progress was made in clipping off seconds.

    Parker said, “Nothing says ‘team effort’ like a team dropping 136.5 combined seconds across all individual events.”

    Here are Saturday’s time improvements for Wood River:

     Freshman Olivia Adams (30.92 seconds in 200 freestyle and 3.98 in 100 breaststroke; freshman Dana Kriesien (16.85, 500 free and 2.97, 200 freestyle); sophomore Brenann O’Leary (15.46, 500 freestyle and 0.32, 100 back); and freshman Maddox Nickum (9.53, 200 free and 2.97, 100 free);

     Freshman Kayden Ratliffe (7.72, 200 Individual Medley and 3.32, 100 breaststroke); sophomore Maggie Deal (5.72, 200 free and 5.32, 500 free); freshman Charlie Loomis (5.55, 200 IM); freshman Carter Busdon (5.36, 200 free and 1.09, 100 free); junior Georgia Adams (4.74, 100 backstroke and 3.24, 200 IM);

     Sophomore Molly Doyle (3.65 seconds, 100 breast and .09, 50 free); junior Walter Kriesien (2.02, 200 free); sophomore Sydney Smith (1.81, 100 butterfly and 0.35, 100 back); freshman Mykelti Blackburn (1.66, 100 free); sophomore Taylor Dorland (1.13, 100 free and 0.45, 50 free); and junior Nick Maumus (0.73, 100 back).

     District girls’ team standings: 1—Wood River 137. 2—Minico 80. 3—Kimberly 77. 4—Century 61. 5—Twin Falls 52. 6—Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls 40. 7—Burley 23. 8—Jerome 19. 9—Mouintain Home 16. 10—Declo 6. 11—Gooding 4.

     District boys’ team standings: 1—Century 125. 2—Jerome 79. 3—Twin Falls 77. 4—Kimberly 60. 5—Canyon Ridge 49. 6—Mountain Home 34. 7—Wood River 32. 8—Burley 25. 9—Minico 17. 10—Gooding 13. 11—Pocatello 3. 12—Declo 2.

     Combined team scores: 1—Century 186. 2—Wood River 169. 3—Kimberly 137. 4—Twin Falls 129. 5—Jerome 98. 6—Minico 97. 7—Canyon Ridge 89. 8—Mountain Home 50. 9—Burley 48. 10—Gooding 17. 11—Declo 8. 12—Pocatello 3.

Email the writer: sports@mtexpress.com

Load comments