EL DORADO — The El Dorado High girls swim team had a strong finish in the Sierra Valley Conference meet Saturday at the Western Slope Aquatic Center.
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Out of seven schools, the Lady Cougars took second place with 478 points. Host Union Mine was third with 277.50 points.
Top Lady Cougar swimmers were Molly Covington in the 200 freestyle, Kaela Marcus and Haley Owens in the 200 IM, plus Ellen Tiedemann and Rose Christeson in the 50 free. For Union Mine, Caffrey Lynch was in the top five in the 100 backstroke and the 200 freestyle. She was also part of the 400 freestyle team with Brionna Shafer, Clara Blackhurst and Kaitlin Watkins.
The difference between El Dorado and Union Mine on the boys side was a mere point for fourth place which went to the Cougars 275-274.
Top Cougar swimmers who finished in the top three in multiple events were Mac Guinn, Andrew Coen and Matt Coen. The D’backs’ top finishers were Jason Williams and Devlen Whisler.
Whisler, a freshman, took first place in the men’s 500 freestyle with a time of 5:13.74. He shaved six seconds from his preliminary time of 5:19.90.
Whisler was pleased with his performance in the 500, although he admits he prefers to swim in the 200 IM.
“I’m not very fond of long strokes,” Whisler said. “This is the first time (since swimming competitively) that all my times are counting toward college.”
Union Mine picked up the conference’s team spirit award. In addition, D’backs head coach Steve Skidmore was named the Sierra Valley Conference’s Coach of the Year. He led the boys to a 6-1 dual meet record; the D’backs’ only loss was to conference champion Vista del Lago. The Lady Diamondbacks finished with a 5-2 dual meet record.
Up next is the section trial/finals at Tokay High in Lodi.
The top three county finishers are listed at mtdemocrat.com.