Swimming & Diving: Douglas Girls Run Dual Meet Win Streak To 80, Boys Streak Extends To 65
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MINDEN, Nev. — The Douglas High School swimming & diving program, which has established itself as the gold standard among the Northern 4A over the past five-plus years, opened its 2017 season in familiar fashion.
Both the Douglas boys and girls teams picked up a pair of wins Saturday in the season opening dual meets against Reed and North Valleys.
The Douglas boys defeated North Valeys 222-29 and Reed 223-48, marking their 64th and 65th consecutive dual meet wins.
The girls defeated Reed 226-73 and North Valleys 239-56, marking their 79th and 80th consecutive dual meet wins.
The Lady Tigers are five-time defending regional champions, and the boys have won the past three regional titles.
The team is led this year by new head coach Greg Taylor, assistant coach Sarah Davenport and new dive coach Alisa Ashbaugh.
The team Captains this year are: Kaila Duffy, Kayla Ruffo, Joe Sullivan, Justin Hight, Levi Costa and Jessica Withrow.
The Tigers have a busy season this year with four home meets and three meets on the road.
Plus they are planning their annual Community Service Event for later in the season. This year’s team has 71 athletes, including 10 divers.
Taylor said among this year’s team goals are preserving the eleven-plus-year dual meet win streak; leading by example with great sportsmanship, integrity and Douglas pride; qualifying a full roster for regionals and sending 15 athletes to state, among other goals.
Taylor grew up swimming in Southern California at the beach and as a member of the Seal Beach Swim Club where he held club records in Backstroke and IM. He also enjoyed swimming in his Club’s annual Rough Water Swim, an open water course, at Seal Beach, California.
A life-long swimmer, Taylor said appreciates what swimming has taught him about perseverance, hard work and the success that can come from that effort. In addition to swimming, he has been involved in several other sports including volleyball, football, softball and spent several years coaching baseball. He started coaching with the Douglas Dolfins in August of 2010. When not at the pool, you can sometimes find Greg skiing or out with the Boy Scouts, hiking, fishing, and camping. He has
two boys and a girl who all swim, his oldest boy is on the high school team.
Coach Greg took over from Coach Sarah when she couldn’t be head coach this year, but is still with the team as assistant coach.
Assistant Coach Sarah Davenport has been with the sport since 1988, and coaching the sport since 1996. Swimming has been a huge part of Sarah’s life and she loves giving back to her sport.
Sarah started coaching as a volunteer for the Douglas Dolfins Swim Team in summer of 1996. In the fall of 1997 Sarah coached the Washoe County’s women’s water polo team in Reno, NV. In the spring of 1998, Sarah joined the Douglas Dolfins Swim Team as an assistant. Sarah then served as Head Coach 1999-2009.
In 2010, Sarah became the head coach for Douglas High School Swim & Dive Team.
Sarah ran an undefeated team throughout, with the women’s team have being regional champions for the past 6 season and men the past 5. Also during the past 6 years, the program has amassed 11 state titles and one state record.
Dive coach Alisa Ashbaugh is in her second year of coaching for the Tigers. Last year, Alisa coached dry-land practices for the team drawing on her skills as a successful competitive bodybuilder, martial artist and multi-sport athlete. Alisa swam with and competed with the Douglas Masters swim team from 2011-2014.
Alisa used these swimming skills to compete in triathlons from sprints to the full distance ironman race of 140.6 miles. Along with triathlons Alisa cross trains to compete in the Tough Mudder and Spartan races.
This year, in addition to dryland training, she is taking it up a notch by becoming the Tigers new dive coach. Although competitive dive coaching is new to her, body mechanics, gymnastics and coaching in general is not. Having successfully completed all sports she has chosen to commit to, she will draw upon her commitment to research and learn what it takes to win at a sport to coach this team to be the best they can be. As a single mother of 4 daughters she’s had a small team to
coach her whole life and always helped coach the activities her children have chosen to be involved in. Alisa is honored to be the head dive coach and is very much looking forward to coaching this team to another successful year as champions.
Jenna Beam sent in the photos below:
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Results from this past weekend’s meets: