Fans don’t often think about the strategy in high school swimming because it is done more behind the scenes. Coaches like Davis’ Tracy Stapleton must map out a meet lineup for next month’s Sac-Joaquin Section championships this week before submitting it on May 5.
Figuring out which Blue Devil swimmers should be on relay squads and in which individual events, requires Stapleton to have some information about how certain athletes will fare against top-notch competition.
He got a lot of that information on Saturday as DHS swam very well at the Palo Alto Section Challenge. The Devil girls finished second to San Ramon Valley, which also won the boys meet with Davis in third, just two points out of second place.
“We did really well,” Stapleton told The Enterprise. “For us, it was a great opportunity because this is the last time we get to compete against other swimmers who are section-championship level. There were some really good swimmers there and that pushed us.”
Those really good swimmers included quite a few Blue Devils, as DHS won two relays and five individual races.
For the local boys, junior Riley Hickman swam to victories in the 200 freestyle (1:43.20) and the 100 free (46.72), then helped Devil squads win the 200 medley (1:36.32) and 400 free (3:11.05) relays.
In both relays, Hickman was joined by Matt Whittle, Soren Dickens and Tucker Fisk, a freshman who added an individual second-place finish in the 100 backstroke (52.95).
Sophomore Chenoa Devine was the star for the Davis girls as she sped to wins in the 500 free (4:58.93) and the 200 free (1:51.99), then helped the locals take second in the 400 free relay (3:34.51).
Devine swam in that event with Alex Rieger, Heather Johnson and Emma Barksdale, who also touched first in the 200 individual medley (2:05.44).
The Blue Devil 200 medley relay quartet of Nikki Adkins, Kathleen Benjamin, Vivian Crow and Alex LaFreniere also posted a second-place finish.
Watney at Zurich Classic
A former winner at the event in 2007, DHS graduate Nick Watney shot an even-par 72 in Saturday’s Third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.
After an opening-round 69 and a 73 on Friday, Watney’s total of 2-under 214 wasn’t enough to survive a second cut following Saturday’s round.
Seung-Yul Noh, a 22-year-old from South Korea, leads the after three rounds at 18-under.
River Cats nip Chihuahuas
A sellout crowd of 14,576 watched the Sacramento River Cats defeat the El Paso Chihuahuas, 2–1, on Saturday night at Raley Field, giving the venue its first full house of the 2014 season and its 78th of all time.
Both starting pitchers got into an early rhythm to keep runs off of the scoreboard. In his second start with the River Cats this season, right-hander Marcus Walden (0-0, 4.50 ERA) tossed five solid innings, giving up just one earned run on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Chihuahuas righty Keyvius Sampson (0-2, 4.79 ERA) threw five impressive innings of his own, shutting out the Cats and surrendering just three hits and three walks to go with four strikeouts.
With his team down 1-0, Sacramento left fielder Jake Goebbert drew a walk to start the bottom of the sixth inning. He came around to score on first baseman Nate Freiman’s RBI double to tie the score, and later in the inning, shortstop Andy Parrino singled to center, driving in Freiman with the game’s final run
Davis Rugby Club
The Davis Rugby Club is organizing boys varsity- and JV-level teams to play in Rugby 7s tournaments in the Sacramento area this June and July.
For interested athletes, there will be an informational meeting on Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., in Davis.
Players currently in ninth through 12th grades are eligible to participate and no rugby experience is necessary. Practice is expected to start in mid-May.
Recently re-introduced as an Olympic sport for 2016, Rugby 7s is a fast-paced version of the game with short running halves, requiring speed, strength and endurance. The Davis squad will be coached by Mike Purcell, a former USA National Rugby 7s team player and captain.
For more information, call Mike Goodison at 530-902-1312.
DHS girls volleyball
Interested athletes who will be in ninth through 12th grades this fall are invited to a Blue Devil girls volleyball player and parent information night set for 6 p.m. Friday, May 9, at The Cage, the south gym at Davis High School.
At the meeting, families will learn about the summer practice schedule, conditioning, camps and fall tryouts.
For more information, contact coach Julie Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Blue Devils
Registration opens May 1 for the Davis Junior Blue Devil youth tackle football and cheer program.
An information night about the program — which is open to players and cheerleaders ages 6 to 14 — is set for Saturday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St.
For more information or to register, visit www.juniorbluedevils.com.
DHS girls golf
Girls entering ninth though 12th grades this fall who are interested in playing for the Blue Devil golf team are invited to bring their parents to an informational meeting on Thursday, May 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. in DHS’ Room N-8.
Families will learn more about the fall season and summer opportunities.
For more information, contact coach Rhonda Mohr at email@example.com.
Yolo Post 77
Local baseball players who were born on of before Jan. 1, 1995, are invited to try out for the Yolo Post 77 American Legion team on May 17-18 at Clark Field in Woodland.
Tryouts begin at 5 p.m. both days. Players who are on high school teams that are in the playoffs are asked to attend at least one of the days to sign up, but won’t be asked to try out until their season ends.
For more information, contact coach Dave Ryan at 916-247-2426 or general manager Frank Eakle at 530-666-3797 or 530-867-6641.
Information also can be found at www.eteamz.com/yolopost77.
Blue & White tournament
The 10th annual Blue & White Golf Tournament is Friday, May 16, at Wildhorse Golf Course. This scramble-format tournament begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.
Golf fees are $150 per individual, $600 for a foursome. Dinner-only tickets are $25.
All proceeds go to the Davis High School Blue & White Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage, strengthen and sustain the interaction between DHS and its alumni and friends and to encourage philanthropic support for DHS.
Register at www.blueandwhitegolf.com or, for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.