ELK GROVE — It was a lock that the Davis High boys and girls would each win easily at the Delta Valley Conference championships, which ended Saturday at Wackford Aquatic Center.
It was how they did it that was so impressive. With 92 swimmers participating in the meet, the Blue Devils set eight new meet records on their way to dominating 578-377 (DHS girls over Franklin) and 628-340 (boys over Laguna Creek) victories.
The Devil boys took first place in nine events, including setting new DVC marks in all three relay victories. In five of the six individual triumphs, Davis swimmers swept the top three places.
Leading the way for the local boys were senior Matt Whittle and junior Riley Hickman.
Whittle broke the DVC’s 100 backstroke record by more than three seconds, capturing the event in 52.46, then came back to break his own mark with a winning 56.70 in the 100 breaststroke. He edged his senior teammate Jonathan Pun — who got his own win in the 200 individual medley (1:59.42) by 0.01 seconds in the 100 breast.
Hickman doubled up with victories in the 100 freestyle (46.55) and the 200 free (1:42.39), where he broke his own DVC mark set last season.
Whittle, Hickman and Pun were joined by freshman Tucker Fisk to break the conference’s 200 medley relay benchmark (1:35.54), then teamed with junior Soren Dickens for a record-breaking 200 free relay victory (1:26.09). Dickens, Fisk, Garrett Fisk and Cameron Wright then worked together to set a new DVC mark when they won the 400 free relay in 3:16.12.
Other victories came from Wright (53.29 in the 100 butterfly) and Sean Kos (4:52.41 in the 500 free), both of whom are Blue Devil freshmen.
For the DHS girls, three swimmers touched first in a pair of individual events, senior Katherine Benjamin added a win in the 100 breast (1:06.33) and all three relay teams were triumphant.
Among the Devils’ double winners, Chenoa Devina broke DVC records in both events, capturing the 500 free in 4:58.02 and lowering her own league mark to 1:54.43 in the 200 free.
Senior Alex Rieger took the 50 free in 24.77 and the 100 back in 58.60, leading a DHS top-three sweep each time, while junior Emma Barksdale did the same in the 200 IM (2:09.99) and the 100 free (54.01).
The trio of relay wins by the Davis girls featured contributions from Rieger, Benjamin, Barksdale, Devine, Heather Johnson, Alice Renaud, Kyla Leacox and Nikki Adkins.
“This meet was many things to our team — an opportunity for section championship-bound swimmers to continue their fine-tuning for CIF championships in two weeks, an opportunity for other swimmers to work toward qualifying for section championships — which several did — and finally, an opportunity for some swimmers to end their season on a high note with a new personal best,” said Blue Devil coach Tracy Stapleton.
“As coaches, we are most proud of the manner in which the athletes approached the meet. Individually, they focused on swimming their best, and as a group, they were very supportive of each other’s efforts.”