Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mustangs are no match for the speed of the Blue Devils

DHS senior Marc Blumberg swims the 100 butterfly during a meet Thursday at Arroyo Pool. Blumberg won this race, along with the 50 freestyle, to help the Blue Devils get past Monterey Trail, 108-31. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

March 24, 2011 | Leave Comment

Chilly temperatures and heavy gusts of wind did little to slow the Davis High swim teams in a league meet against Monterey Trail on Thursday night at Arroyo Pool.

Blue Devil swimmers won every single race — often sweeping the top three sports — as the DHS boys defeated the Mustangs, 108-31, while the local girls won 131-33.

“The conditions were horrible. Unless there’s thunder and lightning, (we compete),” DHS boys head coach Tracy Stapleton said. “We had some kids do really well for us.”

In one of the many Davis sweeps, Davis’ Kyle Nadler took first in the 200 freestyle, with a time of 1:50.10, while Devils Wade Allen (1:50.86) and Scott Perry (1:53.63) came in second and third, respectively.

“Scott Perry got a section cut in the 200 free. That was a highlight,” Stapleton said.

Allen came back to win the 100 free in 49.75, and Connor Stapleton snagged second when he touched the wall in 51.91 seconds.

Elsewhere, DHS’ Marc Blumberg (24.09) and Tre Moynihan (24.42) went 1-2 in the 50 free, and Blumberg also took first in the 100 butterfly in 55.62 seconds.

Moynihan added a victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.44), and Nadler became a dual winner when he topped the field in the 100 backstroke with a 1:00.32.

Perry came in second in the 100 back and Paul Dailey was the runner-up to Moynihan in the 100 breast.

In the longest event of the day, Blue Devil Adam Raabe won the 500 free when he logged a time of 5:05.33. He also took first in the 200 individual medley to make it three Davis boys with multiple wins on the day.

The victory over Monterey Trail was another in a series of meets that are more like practice for the DHS boys. With an eye toward the section championships in May, there are a couple of key matchups scattered throughout the season that give the Blue Devils a better idea of where they stand. The next of those is an April 3 meet at Jesuit.

“It’s the time of year where we cover a lot of yardage,” Tracy Stapleton said. ” (Jesuit will be) a marking post to where we are.”

It’s a similar situation for the Davis girls, who also had no trouble with the Mustangs. Nonetheless, at around the halfway point of the season, Blue Devil coach Doug Wright felt Wednesday’s meet was an important one.

“This was our last dual meet before we face a much deeper team in Franklin (next Wednesday),” Wright said. “It was important (Wednesday) that everybody was there and competing, just to get ready for a (Franklin) meet that we should win, but will be one where we will need everybody to swim well.”

Of course, DHS did more than just compete against Monterey Trail. A pair of sophomores were double winners, as Marrisa LaFreniere and Tara Halsted were impressive. LaFreniere won the 200 IM in 2:20.37 then sprinted to victory with a 25.38 in the 50 free. Halsted covered the distance in 1:55.92 to win the 200 free, then captured top honors with her swim of 58.56 in the 100 fly, finishing just ahead of Devil junior Beverly Nguyen (58.77).

It was a family affair in the other two freestyle events with senior Rachel Johnson scoring a win in the 100, and freshman sister Heather Johnson touching first in the 500 (5:40.88). Rachel Johnson just edged out classmate Michelle Greenough in the 100, 55.47-55.78. Greenough would get her victory, however, as she sped by the competition to win the 100 back in 1:04.31.

Kathleen Benjamine capped the individual portion of the meet, when her 1:12.82 was fast enough to finish ahead of teammates Hannah Levien and Keelia Houston.

— Reach Will Bellamy at To view galleries and purchase photos of Blue Devil sports, visit


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