Sunday, July 27, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

DHS boys swim team looks to make waves

0225boysSwimW

DHS coach Tracy Stapleton works with Kevin Krupa at a recent practice. The Blue Devils open their season on Friday at the Jesuit Invitational. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

By
From page B1 | February 25, 2014 |

Last year, the Davis High boys swimming team was just 4.5 points away from claiming its 10th Sac-Joaquin Section title, and first since 2003, but was clipped by rival Jesuit 239.5-235.

Despite the close loss, the second-place finish was something of a moral victory as the Blue Devils were dealing with injuries and inexperience.

“Last year, we lost one of our better swimmers to injury but we had other athletes step up and make major contributions,” said DHS coach Tracy Stapleton. “We ended up getting second, but we were tickled to death that we got to second.”

But those young swimmers have matured and healed over the past nine months and second place will no longer be good enough for the deep and talented Devils.

“You’re always competing for the section title. If you’re not, then you aren’t setting the bar high enough,” said Stapleton, who also coaches the Davis girls team. “We’ve been close for a couple of years now and we want to get it done this year and I think we have a chance.”

Among the Blue Devils’ returning standouts are seniors Matt Whittle and Jonathan Pun, who next year will swim at Cal and Pacific, respectively, and junior Riley Hickman.

Whittle showed his versatility at last season’s section finals, winning both the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly, while Pun took second in the 100 breaststroke and Hickman touched first in both the 100 and 200 freestyle.

Those three swimmers look to form the backbone of what should be a multitude of imposing DHS relay teams.

“That group of guys is really that core group of our team and they have been for a couple of years now,” Stapleton said.

But if the Devils want to get that 10th section championship, they can’t just rely on the stars. It will have to be a team effort, incorporating the experienced swimmers as well as the freshmen and sophomores.

In addition to the standout veterans, Stapleton has a few freshmen who could have big impacts this season including Cameron Wright, Daniel Alvarez and Tucker Fisk, the son of former 12-year NFL defensive tackle Jason Fisk, a DHS graduate.

“We have a new group of freshmen that will be, pardon the pun, making waves,” Stapleton said. “But there’s always a little bit of the unknown (with freshmen). But the best performing swimmers are going to make varsity no matter what.”

The Blue Devils open their season Friday at the Jesuit Invitational while Delta Valley Conference dual meets begin March 2 when Elk Grove comes to Arroyo Pool.

Notes: Stapleton is assisted by former DHS and Stanford swimmer Jake Allen. … After winning their inaugural section championship in 1988, the Devils won titles two through nine in eight consecutive years from 1996 to 2003. They have finished as runners-up twice since then: in 2007, when Allen was swimming for the team, and last year.

— Reach Evan Ream at eream@davisenterprise.net or follow him on Twitter @EvanReam

Comments

comments

Evan Ream

Evan Ream graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Southern Oregon in Ashland, Ore. He loves soccer more than any person rationally should. "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that." - Bill Shankly
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Zombies by rail: It’s not just a show, it’s a trip

    By Evan Arnold-Gordon | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Fatal Covell Boulevard crash recalled in court

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

    Humphrey Fellows will host Global Forum

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Community gardens stretch food dollars, study finds

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Wildfire spurs evacuation of 700 homes

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    State can’t say if it’s meeting drought goal

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Rairdan joins race for Davis school board

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

    Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Israel extends Gaza truce through Sunday

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    New ordinance aims to prevent nut thefts from orchards

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

     
    Biggest book sale to date opens Friday at Davis library

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Luna family matriarch turns 100

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
     
    Discussion of oil by rail EIR planned Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Mace Innovation Center is focus of meeting

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Freeway crash injures two drivers

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5

    Museum wants your old Davis High School yearbooks

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Affordable housing forum planned in Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Protesters gather at Primate Center

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A8

     
    State awards $40,000 for historic property survey

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A8

    Free blood pressure screenings offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Vanguard hosts economic development director

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Get a sneak peek at documentary trailer

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Davis Chamber Choir sings short summer program

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9

    Tasting event benefits Yolo Land Trust

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A9

     
    At the Pond: From Davis, it’s easy to get back to nature

    By Jean Jackman | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    Tickets on sale now for DHS Hall of Fame dinner

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    .

    Forum

    Feels like a million miles away

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A7

     
    Here’s what you need for a perfect wedding

    By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

     
    Check doctors’ vitals before they check yours

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Husband’s let himself go

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A14

     
    Questions on water rights

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A16, 1 Comment

    Campus turns on the tap

    By Our View | From Page: A16

     
    So, what’s in a week’s worth of waste?

    By Michelle Millet | From Page: A16

    Pat Oliphant cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A16

     
    Golf tourney was a big success

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A16

    We can do more to help

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A17

     
    New playground is wonderful

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A17

    Just Us in Davis: Little Rock Nine hero to celebrate with Davis youths

    By Jann L. Murray-Garcia | From Page: A17 | Gallery

     
    .

    Sports

    Sutherland presents 1st clinic; golf column on its way

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    New Korematsu teacher is an American Ninja Warrior

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Furyk opens 3-shot lead in Canadian Open

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Gray wins 6th straight, A’s 4 HRs beat Texas 5-1

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Kershaw throws 2-hitter as Dodgers beat Giants 5-0

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Nibali set to cruise to Tour victory

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Area sports briefs: River Cats take Game 1 of doubleheader

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Companies will collaborate on crop insect control

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A13

     
    Developer’s commitments: affordable and green

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13 | Gallery

    Lagerstrom represents Davis at Mary Kay seminar

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

     
    UC Davis Health System earns ‘Most Wired’ award

    By Charles Casey | From Page: A15

    Bartholomew hires new associate

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

     
    Yolo County real estate sales

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A15

    Go back to school with Great Clips

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Carlton Hope Meister

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Jonathan Eric Hollander

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, July 27, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: A6