The Davis Aquadarts were glad to get the chance to swim against some of the top teams in the nation last weekend at the USA Junior National Championships, but that doesn’t mean they competed like a squad that was just happy to be there.
Instead, Davis scored 151 combined points to take eighth place at the national meet, contested in Greensboro, N.C., and finished fifth overall in the men’s scoring. It was the best national performance by the Aquadarts in the program’s recent history.
“It is amazing that a team and community our size can compete against the top teams in the U.S.,” said head coach Billy Doughty. “Some of these teams have 2,000 swimmers as compared to our 200. This finish really shows the dedication to swimming in the Davis community.”
The local contingent saw the boys take advantage of a speedy group of high school seniors, while the Aquadart girls were paced by Davis High sophomore Chenoa Devine.
DHS senior Matt Whittle put up big points for the ‘Darts with his third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (1:57.77) and his sixth-place swim in the 200 individual medley (1:48.73). Chris Wieser, a senior at Jesuit, was fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:23.23) and seventh in the 1,650 free (15:18.43), while Jonathan Pun, a DHS 12th-grader, finished 14th in the 100 breast (56.33).
Devine touched sixth in the 1,650 free (16:29.02) and 14th in the 500 free (4:50.04), while teammate Emma Barksdale, a DHS junior, made the finals in the 200 IM with her 22nd-place finish (2:01.76).
Outside of the strong individual performances, the Aquadarts earned big points in relays as the team’s depth of talent showed through.
On the boys side, Riley Hickman was a triple threat, helping Davis on three different relay squads that each finished in the top 10. He was joined on the fourth-place 800 free relay squad by Wieser, Matt Abernethy and Billy Mullis, and swam the 200 free relay with Whittle, Pun and Abernethy, taking eighth.
Mullis, Pun, Whittle and Hickman formed the Aquadarts’ quartet that captured 10th in the 400 medley relay.
Barksdale and Paige Maynard paced Davis in the girls relays as the pair were part of quartets that finished 14th in both the 200 and 800 free races. They were joined by Alex Rieger and Kim Giggey in the 200 free relay, then Devine and Joanna Curry for the 800 free relay.
“We set a goal at the beginning of the fall season to finish in the top 10 in the country,” Doughty added. “It seemed like a giant task, but the swimmers committed and achieved what seemed an impossible task.”
Pink Demons soccer
The Davis Pink Demons, a U14 girls soccer team, won the AYSO Section 2 Championship — which features teams from as far away as Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Alaska — last weekend in Foster City, earning a trip to the upcoming State Cup.
The locals went to a shootout to get past Colusa, 2-1, in the title match after Lupita Gutierrez scored the only Demons goal in regulation on a first-quarter penalty kick. After Colusa got the equalizer in the second quarter, the game remained tied at 1-1 through regulation.
In the shootout, Davis goalie Alondra Arambula made four consecutive diving saves, allowing Samantha Shimada to convert the winning penalty kick.
The Demons earned their way to the championship contest by posting three straight shutouts in the tournament. First, against South Lake Tahoe, Gutierrez, Shimada and Lexi Kornblum scored the goals in a 3-0 Davis win.
Kornblum then had the only tally as the locals got past West San Jose, 1-0. Later, a 4-0 win over Mountain View — with goals from Odessa Seng, Shimada and Kornblum (two) — sent the Demons to the title game.
Along the way, Judy Park, Claire Williams and Anna Messisco paced a Davis defense that has allowed just three goals in the past 19 games. Forwards and midfielders Emma Teresi, Bella Houck, Caitlin Duncan and Jessica Anton also have provided tenacious play throughout the entire Davis season.
UCD hoops clinic
There are a few spots left for the UC Davis basketball program’s two-day clinic set for Sunday and Monday.
The clinic is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade, and interested athletes have the option to participate for a half-day, one day or two days.
Visit https://ucdavissportscamps.com/mensbasketball to sign up or, for more information, contact Aggie assistant basketball coach Kevin Nosek at 530-752-3501 or email@example.com.
Davis Wildcats will present a two-day basketball camp for kids in second through eighth grades on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 29-30, at Davis High.
The sessions will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the camp is open to kids of all skill levels.
There is an early-bird registration special of $85. After Sunday, the cost is $100.
Registration may be completed online at www.davishoops.com, where parents can find additional information about the ongoing program and current team tryouts.
DHS volleyball camp
The Blue Devil volleyball program will hold several youth sessions next month for boys and girls age 6 through eighth grade.
Instruction will be given by DHS head coach Julie Crawford as well as Devil players.
Interested youngsters can sign up for the three-day All Skills Camp, set for Jan. 2-4 from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Cage. The cost for the three-day camp is $50.
Skill-specific training sessions also are being offered for the cost of $20 each.
Running from 11 a.m. to noon each day, the program will put on a setting clinic Jan. 2, a hitting clinic on Jan. 3 and a defense clinic on Jan. 4.
Players can register on-site, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 2.
For more information, contact Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for Davis Little League is open online and runs through Jan. 15.
Current registration costs vary — depending on the division in which a child plays — ranging from $100 for T-ball to $280 for junior league. Fees will go up $30 for each level between Jan. 1 and 15.
A new Challenger Division for special-needs players has been added.
Kids ages 4 to 14 are eligible for DLL. League officials require players 9 or older to attend one of the to-be-scheduled January skills-assessment days.
Folks interested in managing in the spring must register as a volunteer by Dec. 31, according to registrar Karen Yoon.
Only online registration is accepted. Visit www.davislittleleague.org to sign up or learn more.
Field hockey club
The Mad Cow Field Hockey Club’s spring season, which will include U16 and U19 squads as well as a new Developmental Program for athletes in grades six through eight, will run from January to April.
The club’s focus is to teach and develop players’ stick skills, knowledge of the game, sportsmanship and overall fitness while fostering the athletes’ enthusiasm for field hockey. This is accomplished through practices — both indoors and outdoors on turf — scrimmages and participation in numerous tournaments throughout the spring season.
The club is based in Yolo County and welcomes athletes from other all areas.
Younger players, ages 8-12, can sign up for the Mad Calves program. The cost for that program is $200, while players on the U19, U16 and U14 squads must pay a fee of $475. The fee covers the cost of all practice sessions, equipment and field rental, uniforms, T-shirts, coaching fees, tournament fees and lunch and snacks at tournaments.
All players must complete and turn in registration and waiver forms before they can participate in practices or games.
For more information or to get the forms, email coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins at email@example.com.
Five Starz volleyball
The Five Starz Volleyball Club’s Starlets program is accepting registration for the 2014 season. The Starlets offer an opportunity for young volleyball players who are not able to participate on travel teams but who would like to be a part of a competitive environment.
The program is open to players in grades four through nine, and participants will be split into fourth- through sixth-grade and seventh- through ninth-grade groups.
There are no tryouts for the Starlets program, which is designed to improve each player’s overall skills in a fun and competitive environment.
Beginning Jan. 12, Starlets will practice once a week for 12 weeks. The cost of $300 for all 12 sessions includes a T-shirt.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.