RANCHO CORDOVA — The Dry Diggins Dolphin swim team competed in its third-of-four league meets last Saturday at Hagan Park against the Cordova Blue Marlins.
Despite a late start due to technical difficulties, the Dolphins defeated the Marlins 1753.5-1067.5 for their third conference victory.
“They (delay) disrupted the team’s focus but the swimmers rallied back and swam their best,” Dolphin head coach Kristen Stumbaugh said.
The win was largely due to many third, fourth, and fifth-place finishes, as well as many wins from Dolphins’ relay teams, which speaks to the depth of the team as a whole. Another attributing factor was multiple wins from swimmers of all age groups, including: Mark Barsotti, 8, Jia Dickson, 8, Erin Ling, 12, Colton Fryer, 12, Mason Biegel, 11, Brionna Schafer, 14, Dayna Hightower, 14, Ellen Tiedemann, 16, Katryna Holifield-Helm, 16, Will Meigs, 17, Carson Stumbaugh, 17, and Daniel Pope, 18.
The team has one more league meet before their championship meet on July 21. Coach Stumbaugh says that the team is “focusing on what teamwork means, and how champions come from teams who believe in each other and swim for a purpose bigger than themselves,” as the Dolphins prepare for the final two weeks of their season.