The Davis High boys and girls swim teams competed in the Palo Alto Section Challenge on Saturday, with the girls squad posting a second-place finish, while the boys came in sixth.
San Ramon captured the girls title with 268 points, and the Blue Devils scored 207.5. On the boys’ side, Bellarmine College Prep took first place with 239 points, and DHS was sixth with 108.
Tara Halsted won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 6.37 seconds, and was followed by teammates Emma Barksdale (second, 2:08.48) and Kathleen Benjamin (fifth, 2:11.64). Halsted placed third in the 100 backstroke in 57.02.
DHS had three top-five relay finishes. Alex Rieger, Barksdale, Marissa LaFreniere and Halsted finished second in the 400 freestyle relay (3:32.25); the team of Halsted, Benjamin, Chenoa Devine and Kim Zhu was fourth in the 200 free (1:41.59); and Halsted, Benjamin, Barksdale and Rieger were fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:49.35).
Rieger was third in the 50 free (24.53), and Devine took third in the 500 free (4:57.49) and 200 free (1:53.06).
Matt Whittle paced the DHS boys team. He won the 200 IM in 1:54.65, was fourth in the 100 butterfly (52.36) and swam in two relays.
The Blue Devils were fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:38.43 with strong swims from Bradley Nicholson, Jonathan Pun, Whittle and Riley Hickman. DHS was fifth in the 400 free relay in 3:16.17 with the team of Whittle, Pun, Andrew Block and Hickman.
Hickman was fourth in the 200 free (1:45.12) and fifth in the 100 free (48.13), and Pun was sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.16).